Nxai Pan – the home of Botswana’s migration
Nxai Pan can be visited all year round, but it is considered to be at its best during the rains, from mid-November through to March. The scenery becomes lush and green as the grass shoots emerge, and this is the time the animals have their young – food is plentiful for both predator and prey, birdlife is excellent at this time of year too. As the rains continue, the zebra numbers increase, it becomes a spectacular site, along with the thousands of springbok that roam the pan.
What else can you do here?
Walk in Thomas Baines’ footsteps and enjoy a picnic lunch in the shade of these impressive age-old trees, now named Baines’ Baobabs. It’s a scenic setting if ever there was one, and one that hasn’t changed in the last 150 years – if you don’t believe us, see them for yourself. You may hear them referred to as Seven Sisters or the Sleeping Sisters.
Where to stay in Nxai Pan
Nxai Pan Camp, operated by Kwando Safaris is the only permanent lodge in the park. It offers a wonderful experience and a very comfortable stay. One of the highlights for many guests is a guided walk with one of the San bushmen trackers. Your guide will take a back seat and the tracker will show you how they used to hunt, track and also how they found water in this seemingly inhospitable environment. You will also get an insight into their beliefs and their wonderful sense of humour – it’s an experience that will stay with you.
An alternative to Nxai Pan Camp is to camp at one of the designated National Park’s camp sites – this can be organised as part of a self-drive itinerary, simply ask your consultant to include Nxai Pan in your trip – you won’t regret it.
Another option would be to choose a mobile safari that includes Nxai Pan on their trip.
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list” Susan Sontag
We love this area and you won’t see too many other visitors here either, it’s a bit of a secret jewel in Botswana’s Crown and well worth a visit!