!Xaus is situated in the dry and vast Kgalalgadi Transfrontier Park, which is renowned for its abundance of predators and birds of prey. This desert lodge is owned and run by the local Khomani San and Mier communities. !Xaus Lodge (the “!” represents a vocal click in the San language, but can also be pronounced as a K) blends into the Kalahari landscape and creates a window into the lifestyle of two very friendly cultures. The main lodge and 12 chalets overlook a vast salt pan and dune landscape. The camp operates without electricity and is inspired by the surroundings and local crafts. The rooms are a blend of canvas and thatch, and offer a comfortable retreat during the stay. The refreshing swimming pool is the ideal place to take a dip to escape the midday heat, whilst enjoying the views over the pan and dunes. !Xaus is a great cultural safari destination in the heart of the Kalahari.

Why we like it

Desert wilderness; Unique surroundings; Rustic yet comfortable camp; Rich cultural heritage of communities

Quick Facts

Accommodation Type: Full Board
Rates from: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.
Camp Size: Medium
Max No of Guests: 22
Children Friendly: Yes
Minimum Age: 0

Grading and Accreditation

Star Grading: Not Graded
Green Rating Accreditation: No
Responsible Tourism Certified: Yes


Details Distance (Km) Travel Time (Min)
Nearest Town Upington350240
Nearest Major City Johannesburg and Pretoria850540
Nearest Major Airport Upington350240
Nearest Hospital Upington350240

Park / Reserve

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Please click to view



Game Drive


Cultural Tour
Curio Shop
Star-gazing evening



Bath and shower units
Disabled facilities


Swimming pool
Credit cards accepted
Disabled facilities

This Experience

Safari type

Wilderness Experience

Specialist Species

Meerkat / Suricate

Malaria area


Suitable for

Small groups
Private group
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