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NXAI PAN NATIONAL PARK

The Nxai Pan National Park is located in north-central Botswana, well over 400 km from Gaborone and less than 170 km from Nata and 140 km from Maun, the fifth largest town in Botswana. Just north of the east-west Nata-Maun Road, you’ll fine Nxai Pan National Park just 300 km north, though when one talks of hundreds of kilometers in Africa they can mean hours, especially since the roads outside of Maun and Nata are dirt, sand and sometimes mud.

In Nxai Pan National Park, there are many animals grouped up among the Mopane Woodland and Thorn trees. One of the best features of the Nxai Pan National Par and what keeps all the animals coming here year after year is the ginormous watering hole set among the plains. This makes animal viewing quite fun and rather easy, as you won’t have to search through your binoculars to simply see a passing tail or disappearing leg. Once the rains begin here, you’ll find plenty of animals and birds as Nxai Pan really start to bloom earlier than other National Parks and Game Reserves.

The birds that visit the area are rather astounding. The trademark bird of Nxai Pan is the Korhaan (a.k.a. White-Quilled Bustard) whose squeak is noticeable even from your 4x4. Moreover, visitors can find many raptors, Kestrels and Goshawks that keep the place lively. The best land animals around are the springboks that populate the park in the hundreds. Furthermore, the giraffes often congregate into groups of 20-30 while the wildebeest, kudu, hartebeest, elands and predators, such as cheetahs, jackals, leopards, hyenas and Bat-eared Fox, remain in Nxai Pan for a long time even when the rains begin.

During these rains, the buffalo and elephant start to put on watersport shows, though these can be shortlived as migration takes them quickly away. You’ll find some of the most famous Baines’ Baobabs trees within the park too. Visitors need at least a few days to see what the Park has to offer. During the rainy season, when bird watching is best, the roads make driving slow. The Nxai Pan National Park lies between Maun and Nata, along the Maun/Francistown road, and access is by road.  The turn off to Nxai Pan is approximately 136 kilometers from Maun or 65 kilometers from Gweta if travelling from Nata.  After turning off the main road, drive for 37 kilometers on dirt road until you reach the Nxai Pan entrance gate.    

Accommodation
Meno a Kwena camp is situated on the high southern bank of the Boteti River, Meno a Kwena (Tooth of the Crocodile). The camp borders the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

Nata Lodge and Sua Pan Lodge offer camping facilities, as does Planet Baobab and Gweta Rest Camp.

There are 2 public camp sites with ablution facilities in the park. The one is situated towards the South of the park about 2 kilometers from the parks entrance gate, and has 4 camping sites. The other is situated approximately 8 kilometers from the entrance gate; in the North of the park and this site have 3 camp sites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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