Guiding a number of groups over the last few years to !Xaus, I'm yet to be disappointed. The food has always been good, the accommodation clean and comfortable and the atmosphere pleasant. Game drives in the immediate area can be a little on the quiet side if you're used to the likes of the Kruger National Park, so I would recommend staying a few nights and arranging a day drive back in the Auob River on one of the days. Night drives are great for some nocturnal species, such as, Aardwolf, African Wild Cat, Cape Fox, Bat-eared Fox, Brown Hyaena and a number of awesome native rat, mice and gerbil species. Staff have always been very friendly and helpful to my clients needs and I've only ever received positive feedback from clients about their experience there. If you want to experience that strange but incredibly powerful pull to return home to Africa, it's definitely worth a visit!
- 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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