!Xaus Lodge, a 24-bed community owned lodge in the remote Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, provides employment and other economic opportunities to ‡Khomani San and Mier communities in South Africa. By partnering with the private operator Transfrontier Parks Destinations, the lodge has been able to access markets and generate positive returns for the state and rural community members.
The case demonstrates how partnerships between committed private sector companies and host communities can work for mutual benefit. For details, see Tourism Cases.
In May 2002, a historic land settlement agreement with the government of South Africa and South African National Parks (SANParks) restored land totalling 50,000 hectares in the KTP back to communities that had been displaced. The two communities then leased the land back to SANParks under a 99-year lease agreement. As of 2016, 28 people have been permanently employed at !Xaus Lodge, of whom 26 are from the local community.