!Xaus Lodge, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape

!Xaus Lodge, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape

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  • !Xaus Lodge

    Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape.

    The !Xaus Lodge is situated 30 km into the desert, in the SA Sector of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park,  in the biggest province of South Africa namely Northern Cape.

    !Xaus Lodge is reached after traversing 90 sand dunes from a dedicated meeting point for !Xaus Lodge guests, in the park. The meeting point is called Kamqua. The meeting time on day of arrival is at 14:30pm.

    This Kalahari game lodge offers a unique living space. The central lodge building consists of a welcoming reception area with its unique wall-hanging made by the ladies of Vezokhule, a sewing co-operative in Upington. The cosy lounge has a fireplace and a library of selected books for paging through before dinner. Our dining area overlooks the pan, with furniture hand-made in Upington and images burnt by Bushmen artists.

    At the art and craft shop, you can purchase locally made Bushman crafts as well as crafts made in the wider Kalahari. Visit the large observation deck from which we gaze in wonder at the night sky, and by day the swimming pool provides cool relief from the desert heat. Wood is a precious commodity in the Kalahari, so the inviting fire in the boma is made in the traditional method with three or four crossed sticks around which everyone huddles companionably.

    Kalahari Accommodation at !Xaus Lodge

    !Xaus Lodge comprises a central lodge building and 12 individual chalets, each with its own deck overlooking a vast saltpan and waterhole fed with fresh water. One family unit (sleeps 4 people).

    In the en-suite chalets we provide purified drinking water from the desert which you will find in a flask in your bathroom. Winter sheets and gas heaters provide comfort for the cold nights, and ceiling fans bring relief in the hot months.

    Meaning of !Xaus

    The name !Xaus means ‘heart’ in the Nama language and was proposed as a name for the lodge by a group of visiting Bushmen and confirmed by the representative bodies of both the ‡Khomani San and Mier communities. Significantly, the lodge’s name, ‘!Xaus’, symbolises the healing of relationships, the restoration of dignity and the aspirations of these communities, who after many years of deprivation are now owners of the lodge and the land on which it is situated.

    The name was inspired by the fact that the lodge overlooks a large salt pan with a distinctive heart shape in its northwest corner, as well as the fact that the lodge is located at the ‘heart’ – the meeting line – of the land restored to each of the Mier and Bushman communities. It also symbolises the vision of the settlement agreement which was: ‘in the national interest, to finally settle the land claims of the community parties and to establish a positive, co-operative relationship between the community parties and SANParks.’ The symbol ‘!’ denotes a palatal click in the Nama language but for those who can’t master the click, !Xaus is pronounced ‘kaus’.’

    For emergencies the management at !Xaus Lodge has a satellite phone to be able to make contact for assistance. Two way radios are also providing a link with SANParks facilities.  The joy of visiting !Xaus Lodge is that you will be ‘off the grid’, enjoying wonderful hours of silence and unwind from day-to-day life.

    Activities

    Experience life in the Kalahari, it’s animals and people when you visit !Xaus Lodge. Enjoy game drives, guided dune walks, bird watching, stargazing and the Bushman craft village.

    Game Drives

    Enjoy a fantastic sunset game drive on the pan or an after- dinner drive to explore some of the night creatures the Kalahari has to offer. A complimentary six to seven hour drive through the dunes is available to guests staying four nights or longer.

    Enjoy a fantastic sunset game drive on the pan and an after-dinner drive to explore some of the night creatures the Kalahari has to offer:

    Sunset pan drive and dune walk to ‘listen’ to the sun set over the Kalahari with an early evening game drive back to the lodge.

    After-dinner night drive, with the accompanying sounds of barking geckos, insect shrills, and larger animal calls to break the silence.

    complimentary six to seven hour game drive through the dunes and along the Auob River, with packed breakfast and picnic lunch, is available for guests staying four nights or longer. At an additional charge, this game drive is also available to those staying for two or three nights. Please discuss the availability and cost of this prior to booking

    Guided Walks

    An early start with the guides and bushman trackers will take you through the dunes as you learn all about your natural surroundings. A shorter guided walk is also arranged to see the ‘heart’ of the pan. The length of the walk, and distance you cover, depends on the fitness and interest of the guests.

    Child Policy: Children under the age of 12 may not participate on walks.

    Bushman Craft Village  – Cultural Village

    Take a walk to our recreated cultural village and see the Busman crafters at work. You may join young Bushmen demonstrating their traditional games and purchase traditional crafts hanging from the branches of the tree under which the crafters sit at work.  These crafters also sell their goods at the Lodge curio shop

    Stargazing in South Africa at !Xaus Lodge

    Night skies

    Clean air and no light pollution makes for a wonderful opportunity to gaze at the night sky. The best night- sky viewing is during the new moon when the sky is at its darkest.. Committed to meeting the requirements of the International Dark Sky association for IDA-accreditation for the entire !Aei !Hai Heritage Park, !Xaus Lodge is leading the application for this status.

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    Wildlife sightings in the Kgalagadi

    The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park has only 8 antelope species, but 19 carnivores, including the famous black-maned lion. These lions have adapted to the extreme conditions, and kill a far higher proportion of small game than lions in other parts of Africa.

    They walk an average of 12km per night in search of food. The Kgalagadi has about 300 bird species of which only 82 are resident. Raptors are common, and highly visible in the arid vegetation.

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  • Address: 91st Dune, off the Auob River Road, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
    Kglagadi Transfrontier Park
    Northern Cape
    8800
    South Africa
  • Facilities:

    Communal facilities include:
    a lounge,
    craft shop,
    dining room,
    central viewing deck with swimming pool and Lapa.

  • Child Policy:

    All children are welcome.
    For safety considerations, regrettably children under the age of 12, may not participate on wilderness walks.
    One of the 12 chalets is a family unit. The unit has 2 rooms divided by a ¾ wall only. Sharing open plan bathroom. Ideal for families with small children, not suited for adults only to share or for families with teenage/adult children.
    (Total 5 pax, when 3 children are small children, total 4 pax when 2 children are teenagers).

  • Rooms:

    The lodge comprises 12 individual chalets with en-suite bathrooms, accommodating 24 guests, and a central lodge building.

    Twin or King beds available in chalets, high quality mattresses and linen, with hot water bottles and gas heaters for the cold months and ceiling fans for the hot months. Bedside tables with bedside lamps, wardrobe, writing table and chair, luggage rack and floor rugs complete the furnishings.

    The chalets are not air-conditioned. Traditional methods, using shade and damp cloths as means of keeping cool in this environment, are explained to guests. There are no hairdryers in the individual chalets because of the limited supply of electricity, but available on request.

    Bathrooms have a large shower, vanity and separate flush toilet. Rooibos soap, moisturizing hand-cream and shampoo are provided, as the water is very saline.
    Water is heated by on-demand gas.

  • Terms:

    The rate includes accommodation, meals, activities and return transfers from Kamqua.
    It does not include beverages, gratuities or National Park entry fees. Information on park entry fees
    http://www.sanparks.co.za/tourism/tariffs/
    A 50% deposit is required to secure a booking with the balance payable 6 weeks prior to arrival.
    Short notice bookings - full payment required prior to arrival at the Lodge in order to confirm.

  • High Season Dates: High Season: August-October|Mid Season: March-July| Low Season: November-February
  • Normal Rates:

    Lodge rates: Per person per night sharing

    1 March 2018 to 28 February 2019 - R4695 Per person, per night sharing
    1 March 2019 to 28 February 2020 - R4975 Per person, per night sharing

    Children's Rates -
    Under 3 year: free;
    Age 3-11: 30% of adult rate;
    Age 11-16: 50% of adult rate.

    Included in the rate
    Full board (all meals)
    Accommodation
    Game drives
    Wilderness walks (For safety considerations, regrettably children under the age of 12 may not participate on the wilderness walks)
    Night sky’s star gazing
    Visit Bushman craft village
    Return transfer Kamqua picnic site

    The rate also includes a 1% community levy all of which gets disbursed by The TFPD Foundation in collaboration with the local communities on social and educational projects.

    In order for guests to fully experience the lodge and all activities, we recommend a minimum stay of two nights.

    Excluded from the rate
    SANParks entry fees
    Beverages
    Craft purchases
    Gratuities