Nxai Pan Camp

Makgadikgadi Pans
Birding Daydrive Nightdrive Walk Swimming

Star Rating
Game Viewing
Price Guide $$$

Nxai Pan Camp: Our View

Nxai Pan National Park lies just north of the Maun-Nata road and adjoins Makgadikgadi Pans National Park on its northern border. 

Nxai Pan Camp is situated in a tree line overlooking a waterpan with nine purpose built  rooms, all with thatched roofs and insulation so it is cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. All the rooms are solar powered with ceiling fans and outside showers, a private viewing deck and are connected by slightly raised walkways. The main area consists of a dining room, lounge area, a viewing deck as well as a swimming pool, library and curio shop.

Activities on offer are game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles and including tours to Baines Baobab Tree. Informative nature walks with a Bushman guide are also offered. The camp can be accessed by 4x4 vehicles or you can fly in.

Nxai Pan Camp: Quick Facts

  • Nine spacious en suite rooms
  • Swimming pool
  • Zebra migration
  • 4x4 game drives
  • Day visit to Baines Baobabs
  • Bushman experience
  • Stargazing
  • Desert camp
  • No Wifi

Nxai Pan Camp: The Details

The Nxai Pans were once part of the great lake that covered central Botswana – which included the Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi and Lake Ngami to name a few. The Pan itself is another fossil lakebed about 40 square km in size. The landscape is largely covered by grassland and dotted with clusters of umbrella acacia tree’s and mopane woodland in the north. During the rains from November to April the pans become covered in grass which is a landscape very similar to the Kalahari further south. During The Green Season (approximately December to March) huge herds of migrating Zebra can be found in this area.

Day trips to Baines’ Baobabs are highly popular and include a picnic lunch at the site. These age-old trees were immortalised in paintings by the artist and adventurer Thomas Baines in 1862. If you were to compare Baines’ paintings to the scene today, you would find that after 150 years, the trees are nearly identical – testament to the age of these magnificent giants.

Another classic activity at Nxai Pan is a walk with one of the San bushmen trackers, an informative walk that takes place within the camp’s footprint. Learn about how the San used to live nomadically: how they used to hunt, gather food, water sources, and which plants were used for medicinal purposes. Their wealth of true bush knowledge is unparalleled, and one of our guests’ favourite experiences at our desert camps.

The camp is booked on an all inclusive basis with accommodation, all meals and drinks (excluding premium drinks), activities and laundry service. Children from six years are welcomed here on request.