!Xaus Lodge relief fund
A CRY FOR HELP!
!Xaus Lodge is the pride and joy of our local ‡Khomani San and Mier communities. Originally abandoned in the desert and regarded as a “white elephant” by its community owners it has since become an iconic destination in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and the major contributor to the livelihoods of our staff, who between them support around 250 family and extended family members.
Sadly, the Coronavirus pandemic has decimated our business and forced us to close our doors, probably until December, according to our Minister of Tourism. Right now, our thirty-two loyal and amazing hospitality staff, guides and resident crafters are sitting at home wondering about their futures. Sadly too, the lodge is again standing abandoned in the desert waiting for the world to return to normal.
We are determined that !Xaus Lodge will not become the “white elephant” its owners once feared it would be. But in the absence of any guest income, we need your help to achieve this. Together with your support we can protect the livelihoods of our crafters and local staff as well as protect !Xaus Lodge from the elements. Then when the time is right, it can re-open and again enable visitors to understand why it is that the ‡Khomani San say “once you have the red sand of the Kalahari in your shoes you will always return.”
We invite you to donate to this initiative by buying one, or preferably more, tickets in our community benefit appeal. You may be one of the fortunate two, that wins a fully inclusive two-or three- night stay at !Xaus Lodge, in the heart of the Kalahari, or at the very least receive a guaranteed discount on your next booking with us, to a value greater than that of your donation.
The TFPD Foundation is a registered NPO and will administer these donations. It has undertaken not to charge any administration fees. This means that 100% of your contribution, after Quicket’s 4,5% service fee, will go to the cause you want to support.