“Nxai Pan” National Park Botswana – Grasslands That Were Once Salt Lakes

African elephant nxai pan national park Botswana

African elephant nxai pan national park Botswana

Nxai Pan National Park Botswana is one of the smaller national parks of Botswana. Researches have found that many 100s of years ago these grasslands were salt lakes. The 2200 km sq of Nxai Pan National Park is subdivided in smaller regions referred to as “”Pans”. There of the largest pans are: Nxai Pan, Kudiakam Pan and Kgama-Kgama. Nxai Pan is also known for the islands of acacia trees that draw wildlife and tourists. It will be interesting to read more about Baines’ Baobabs if you are in “Nxai Pan” National Park.

Wildlife in Nxai Pan National Park

There are many species of animals you can find in Nxai Pan National Park. Commonly found wildlife include giraffe, zebra, impala, gemsbok, lion, hyena, cheetah, wild dogs, ostrich and lastly African elephants & wild buffalo (which are not as common as in the other national parks).

Best times to Visit “Nxai Pan”

Nxai Pan Lodge in Nxai Pan National Park

Nxai Pan Lodge in Nxai Pan National Park

Summer is the ideal time to visit. The natural water spots dry and animals are drawn to the man made waterholes by the national park authorities. you are free to visit throughout the year since it is not closed to public at any time in the year.

How to get to Nxai Pan National Park

About 60Kms from the Makgadikgadi region, you can take the Nata-Maun Road. Local tours and transportation can be found from neighbouring towns or cities.

Accommodation at Nxai Pan

Recommended accommodation is Nxai Pan Lodge.

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