!Xaus Lodge recently announced that it is the newest member of the Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) family and the second Northern Cape business to become FTTSA-certified.
!Xaus Lodge (pronounced as “Kaus” or with a palatal “click” and meaning “heart” in Nama) is a community-owned lodge in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that offers guests a full-service experience including all meals and 4* accommodation, wilderness walks with trackers, game drives and opportunities to meet local San artists while they create their traditional crafts. The lodge is located on a 50,000 hectare concession within the Park that was awarded to the Mier and Khomani San communities through a historic land claim settlement. The lodge is now operated under a management agreement with a private partner, Transfrontier Parks Destinations.
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The FTTSA certification process examines social, economic and environmental performance, seeking a balance of all three principles of sustainable development. FTTSA certification is offered on a voluntary basis to providers of tourist accommodation, activities, attractions and