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!Xaus Lodge
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Reviewed March 28, 2010

LOCATION Amazing miles from anywhere but not for anyone with a difficult medical problem.It is worth the 2 1/2 drive from the park entrance.The site is breathtaking!
STAFF Excellent-very knowledgable,friendly.
GAME DRIVES&WALKS Well conducted and supervised.Saw lions and cheetahs plus lots more.
FOOD Very good.
ACCOMMODATION Very good given its remoteness
ACCESS A good 4x4 is an advantage.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 5, 2010

Pros: Comfortable well-appointed rooms, excited/engaged/attentive staff, fabulous food, exceptionally remote and quiet, relaxing.

Cons: Not enough emphasis put on game viewing. We saw more wildlife coming in and leaving than on the game drives. !Xaus should offer early morning game drives.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
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Management response:Responded March 9, 2011

We would like to acknowledge your comment about game viewing and give context to game drives, and their frequency.

During the course of a typical two-day stay at !Xaus Lodge there are four game drives: The dune drive into the Lodge; a night drive (after dinner); a late-afternoon pan drive that includes a sunset stop, that then becomes a twilight drive and finally the dune drive when leaving the Lodge. In addition, guests who stay four or more days are given a full-day game drive on the Auob River Road.

One of the fundamental features of !Xaus Lodge is that "It is a place to experience, and not just observe." To this end, every day we also have two wilderness walks - one into the dunes in the early morning, and one onto the pan, en-route to visit the Bushmen crafters. The purpose of these walks if to give people a different view of the environment, other than the one they observe from vehicles. This is the opportunity to see the game that is invisible from a vehicle: insects, burrowing animals, reptiles and the like.

In addition, we plan time into the day that allows you to experience the tranquillity of the desert. Our sincere hope is that when you leave !Xaus Lodge you will have a holistic understanding of the environment, the people and the eco-system that is the Kalahari desert.

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  • Stayed: September 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 9, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 4, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 30, 2017
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  • Stayed: August 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 16, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled with family
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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 #2 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Price Range: $603 - $699 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — !Xaus Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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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