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!Xaus Lodge
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

The stay was excellent and the guests with Richters Safaris were enjoy the stay so much. The service the helpfulness and the friendliness of the people was very good, and will recommend you to other tour operators and tourists
Richters Safaris will always book with you in the future.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

Absolutely excellent experience in a completely peaceful and blissful environment.
The staff and management are incredibly friendly and professional.
Was delightfully relaxing and beautiful scenery with excellent weather.
Will definitely recommend this to all my friends and family as it was a brilliant life experience.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

We stayed at !Xaus Lodge for 2Ns. Loved the rustic luxury look & feel of the property. Each cottages is like traditional South African hut and has all regular amenities. The private wooden deck to each cottage overlooks massive salt-pan. Feel the heat of pure desert, but you can spend hours on this deck. Pack binoculars to spot various birds and stray wildlife that walks upto the salt-pan in search of salt and in hope of some water.

The desert experience was very unique. Such contrast from an "entitled" city life that we are so used to. All taps have salt water (fresh water is available for drinking), electricity is only for a couple of hours every morning and evening, no connectivity whatsoever - no internet, no WiFi. Takes a few hours to get used to but feels different & nice. Makes you appreciate the tough life in a desert.

The staff (mostly all locals) is polite & efficient. Suzi & Anthony (the manager couple) is very friendly & fantastic. Food is tasty & had good variety even for pure vegetarians.

Morning walk in the orange desert sand amidst golden grass was a fantastic experience. Knowing that you are in absolute wild - truly a lion territory - was thrilling.The senior guide is enthusiastic & knowledgeable. We found the junior guides much less enthusiastic.

If you are focused on wildlife sighting, may be, this is not the place for you. For wildlife sighting, the location of the property seems to be a challenge - about 30 kms off the main Twee Rivieren driveway when you enter the Transfrontier National Park from this Twee Rivieren gate. Along the main driveway, we saw hoards of wildlife - Cheetah, Lions, Springboks, Blue wildebeest, Oryx, Brown hyenas, Ostriches, Jackals, Steenboks, Giraffes & more. But as we drove off this road towards the lodge through orange sand dunes, the density of wildlife dropped dramatically. We were lucky that at night one thirsty lioness gracefully walked upto the salt-pan waterhole in front of the lodge to gulp-up the water! In the vicinity of the lodge, we also saw a few ostriches, a couple of oryx, few red hartebeests, some birds and jackals.

We visited this place after Kruger, which had dizzying density of wildlife. This place, gave us a totally different desert experience of Kalahari. The drive on the Twee Rivieren made up for Kalahari wildlife too! Enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 October 2017

The lodge is perfectly situated overlooking a salt pan where animals meet day and night. We enjoyed two great bushwalks with Koos and John, a night drive and a sundowner drive. We even saw six mighty lions passing the lodge so close that you could touch them... Food was fantastic and comfort regarding the very remote area very good. We‘ll surely return!

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

We were so impressed with the whole thing we can hardly place one more than another.All the staff were so helpful and friendly and the guide we had really knew his stuff .We had a glorious sundowner on 2 stools brought out into the dunes from nowhere and that was amazing.A large lioness right in the middle of the camp the last morning was a great highlight. Thank you so much for such a glorious stay

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Additional Information about !Xaus Lodge

Address: Dune 91 | Off the Auob River Road, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park 8814, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Northern Cape > Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Price Range: R5 433 - R9 063 (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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