Nxai Pan Camp is the only permanent camp set in the striking Nxai Pan national park and offers an interesting desert experience in contrast to the lush Okavango. Nxai Pan camp is arranged around a busy waterhole with excellent views across the pans. A spacious, light and comfortable camp with a friendly atmosphere and interesting activities. Excellent between November to April, when the dazzling zebra migration arrives and the plains fill with game.
The camp has been designed to embrace Nxai Pan’s beauty in a location that is popular with game. A waterhole in front attracts a wide variety of animals and birds and is pumped if water sources are drying up. This makes it popular spot during dry season. Elephant, Gemsbok, Zebra, Hartebeest as well as Cheetah are often seen from here.
Nxai Pan is a charming park – the variety of landscape from pans, to grasslands, mopane and acacia forest provide a great diversity of habitat for wildlife. Baines’ Baobabs forms a well known landmark, a cluster of ancient giant trees made famous by explorer/artist Thomas Baines who painted them in 1862. Baobabs grow slowly and these are almost exactly the same today as they were depicted over 150 years ago. Whilst no local communities reside permanently in Nxai Pan, there is an option to enjoy a walk with the San Bushmen if staying at the only luxury lodge in the Park. This is highly recommended and offers an interesting cultural element to the wildlife experience here.
Activities focus on 4x4 wildlife game drives in the Park, while day trips including a picnic lunch at Baines’ Baobabs can also be arranged.
Nxai Pan has nine tents in total including one Family Tent. All are ensuite and thoughtfully designed to maximise on the view of the grassplains and waterhole in front, whilst ensuring privacy. Private verandas provide comfortable outdoor space to view animals as they wander past camp to the water’s edge.
The open central area allows for welcome airflow through the camp, capturing cooling breezes. The plunge pool also looks out on the active waterhole and is a perfect location to enjoy rest-time between activities.
Nxai Pan National Park forms part of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Due to the slightly higher level that Nxai Pan sits at, when the vast Super Lake dried, less saline was deposited leaving a more Kalahari-typical landscape. The Kalahari grasses attract the migratory Zebra and Wildebeest and sightings of thousands of these as well as Springbok, Impala, Giraffe and Ostrich are truly dazzling during the summer months. In winter (May-Sept) the dwindling water holes provide a concentration of animals where water is still available. Lion, Cheetah, Wild Dog and Spotted Hyena are frequently seen by visitors – sometimes as they prepare themselves for a hunt.
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