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1.0 of 5 Ranch   |   Dune 91 | Off the Auob River Road, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park 8814, South Africa
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We spent a night at !Xaus in April 2014. The overall impression was that the lodge needs a bit of a shake-up. The rates are very pricey - and I honestly don't think it was worth the money spent. The drive to the lodge over the 91 sand dunes was awesome, the night drive and early morning walk was spectacular... More

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EleanorMuller, Management Operator at !Xaus Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. We are so pleased that there was so much to be enjoyed at the Lodge. It is always a challenge when guests stay for one night only because it's so hard to relax enough after the dune road before you are back on it again! We agree that the Lodge needs TLC and are currently... More

Munich
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent two wonderful days at !Xaus. It was very special to be introduced into Kalahari Nature by local bushmen - explaining very much about nature and how bushmen lived "in the older days" in this environement. We felt two nights is an ideal period - the program that is included in the price is perfect for 2 nights. Having... More

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EleanorMuller, Management Operator at !Xaus Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for the review, and we are very pleased that you enjoyed your experience with us. It is particularly pleasing to see that you have a good understanding of the dramatic impact of the remoteness, and that you enjoyed meeting the people of this isolated part of the Kalahari. More

Windhoek, Namibia
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10 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed for two nights and enjoyed the overall stay. The Lodge is far away from main stream tourism and already the 4x4 dune ride to the Lodge is a nice experience. Rooms are comfortable and clean. Manager was very friendly, welcoming and informative. Nature Drives were nice. As we travelled with a small child every care was taken that... More

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EleanorMuller, Management Operator at !Xaus Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write a complete review. We are very pleased that the overall experience at the Lodge was good, and that we were able to accommodate your family's requirements. Please accept our apologies that your chalet was not changed after the other family cancelled on the day of arrival. You had already checked... More

Maputo, Mozambique
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently spent two nights at !Xaus. Although it was not our first experience in an African Safari lodge it was our first visit to this part of the world and this sort of climate. The room was comfortable and clean. Although we had trouble with the hot water for our shower everything else was in working order. The food... More

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EleanorMuller, Management Operator at !Xaus Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for writing the review and it's great to hear that the team in the kitchen were able to get things right for your teenager. We understand your reservations about 'value for money' and know that when comparing !Xaus Lodge to other holiday destinations it's difficult to get to grips (as a guest) with the frightening costs... More

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One gets an idea straight away about the remoteness of this place from its address. Dune 91, Off Aoub River Road, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park! The rugged beauty of this area is remarkable. One needs to see beyond the game to appreciate !Xaus. Don't expect abundant herds of animals, or frequent sightings of predators. They are there of course, but not... More

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EleanorMuller, Management Operator at !Xaus Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing your observations about !Xaus Lodge, and how much you enjoyed your visit. We are especially appreciative of your comment that this is a place for those who have already experienced the traditional game lodges and are looking for something different. We love it when guests get this. More

Surfers Paradise, Australia
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53 hotel reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

first impressions were low. after driving almost 4-5 hours ot get here we were just over it. but after relaxing a few hours and a few drinks, we settled in. do not expect 5 star service or luxury, however the food is amazing! the views are pretty spectacular especially at sunrise and sunset. as for 'game' dont expect to see... More

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EleanorMuller, Management Operator at !Xaus Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the review, as well as the photos. It's always great to see what catches our visitor's eyes. It's good to know that the food was well enjoyed - and that the distances you traveled were worth it! More

Australia
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14 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

!Xaus Lodge gave us a truly unique experience in the Kalahari and I definitely recommend it to people visiting this area of the World. The journey began with a 4X4 drive across 90 red sand dunes! Once we were truly remote we walked into !Xaus lodge and were gobsmacked by how beautiful the salt pan was in front of the... More

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EleanorMuller, Management Operator at !Xaus Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the review, and especially for loading some photos for other guests to review. Your picture of the pan with the dramatic summer clouds is quite spectacular, and has a memorable sense of understanding this special place. Thank you. More

Doha
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

This was my second time at !Xaus Lodge both times were Summer visits it was hot but the cabins are very comfortable , the food was fantastic and everyone at the lodge were helpful and fantastic with the children , they answered all the kids questions and were very patient with them , also Richard was very informative about the... More

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EleanorMuller, Management Operator at !Xaus Lodge, responded to this review

We love having return visitors, and it's great to know that you don't get tired of the age-less Kalahari. We look forward to more visits and will enjoy sharing the Lodge again with your children as they get older. More

Champery, Switzerland
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62 reviews 62 reviews
29 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

First the place is magic! For our second stay in Kgalagadi Park, we went to !Xaus lodge and we enjoyed an incredible drive over 90 dunes before arriving. Everything went very well : very nice staff, very good meals (orynx steaks are wonderful) and very experienced guides (thanks to John) to make this stay very memorable. We saw a hyena,... More

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EleanorMuller, Management Operator at !Xaus Lodge, responded to this review

It's so good to hear the excitement and happy memories of your visit to !Xaus Lodge. Thank you for sharing this enthusiasm with us, and we hope to welcome you back for your third trip to this beautiful world. More

Southampton, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Set in a stunning location following an exhilarating hours drive over 91 dunes. It was great to see a different area from the main river valley. Fabulous views out over a salt pan, the rooms are set on stilts and a boardwalk around its rim (lions walked right past our raised patio!) Very comfortable, excellent food and flexible, interesting activities... More

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EleanorMuller, Management Operator at !Xaus Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for visiting us at !Xaus Lodge and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. It's particularly gratifying to see your understanding that !Xaus Lodge and it's environment is different, and complimentary, to other options in the Kgalagadi. We do hope that now that you have the red sand of the Kalahari between your toes you'll... More

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Additional Information about !Xaus Lodge

Address: Dune 91 | Off the Auob River Road, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park 8814, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Northern Cape > Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 Specialty lodging in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:1 star — !Xaus Lodge 1*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
!Xaus Lodge is a private Safari Lodge in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Set in an isolated corner of the Kalahari Desert, this eco-lodge is owned by the local Khomani San and Mier communities, and commercially managed. Guests stay on a full-board basis, with all meals, activities and game drives included in the tariff. Activities include wilderness walks with local Khomani San trackers, a visit to the craft village to meet local crafters, game drives and an opportunity to listen to the sunset. Night-sky star-gazing is a highlight of the evening.!Xaus Lodge is an isolated, desert destination where the emphasis is on experiencing this unique part of the world. Guests stay in chalets on the edge of a large salt-pan and can view game at the waterhole from their private viewing deck. Wilderness walks provide an opportunity to see the smaller details, and give an opportunity to learn about desert life.The local community owners, the Khomani San and Mier, make up the majority of the staff, and their influences dominate the aesthetics and culinary experience. !Xaus Lodge is a place to experience, and not just observe. ... more   less 
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