Nxai Pan is located on the western edge of the fossil pan from which the camp takes its name. The camp faces east over the open grasslands of the pans. The biggest draw to Nxai Pan National Park are the zebras that migrate by the thousands to the area – the second largest land animal migration in Southern Africa.
Nxai Pan Camp holds the honour of being the only permanent camp within the Nxai Pan National Park, adjoining the more famous Makgadigadi Pans. The main lounge and dining area is flanked by 9 chalets, including one family suite, which look out over a bustling waterhole often frequented by elephants. Each one is fairly spacious and includes a small lounge as well as indoor and outdoor showers. A small pool leads off to one side of the main building and is most welcome during the warm summer months (Oct – April). Interestingly, the camp was built using polystyrene, chicken wire mesh and plaster, which helps to insulate during both summer and winter extremes.
Activities here are centred around game drives but because the camp is situated within a national park no off-roading or night drives are allowed. Each drive is accompanied by both a guide and tracker – somewhat of a rarity for Botswana. Big game viewing can be erratic but in the wet season (Jan – April) huge herds of zebra and wildebeest may move through the area. This movement of animals represents the largest migration in southern Africa today and is followed by lion, cheetah and even leopard. A short walk with one of the Bushman guides may be of interest, during which he will reveal some of their secrets of survival developed over thousands of years. The famous Baines’s Baobabs are also accessible during a full day drive from camp.
Nxai Pan is often combined with Kwara Camp and either Lagoon Camp or Lebala Camp further north in Botswana. These properties allow for a wonderful contrast and when carefully combined will allow you to experience many different habitats and species during a single safari.
The minimalistic white-washed design of the camp is in keeping with the surrounding white salt pans. Nxai Pan accommodates a maximum of eighteen guests in thatched units specially designed to provide a constant and comfortable temperature throughout the year, when seasonal temperatures can fluctuate from below freezing to well over 45 degrees Celsius.
The minimalistic white-washed design of the camp is in keeping with the surrounding white salt pans. Nxai Pan accommodates up to eighteen people in nine environmentally designed units. All are built with materials of minimal environmental impact and additionally maintain a constant and comfortable in-room temperature year-round, while seasonal temperatures vary from below freezing to over 40 degrees Celsius.
The rooms include double wash basins and both indoor and outdoor showers. The rooms are spacious with lounge area and one includes an additional twin bedroom, ideal for family use. All the units are on raised decks and their location on the edge of the ridge means that each viewing deck has truly special and captivating views of the wide open pan and its big beautiful sky. Each hasan open verandah which looks on to the waterhole in front of the camp, where elephant are frequent visitors.
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