Nxai Pan Camp is located on the western edge of the fossil pan from which the camp takes its name, and is the only permanent camp in the Nxai Pan National Park. The camp faces east over the open grasslands of the pans and accommodates a maximum of 18 guests in thatched units.
The biggest draw to the Park are the zebras that migrate by the thousands to the area, (usually) from mid-February to late April to give birth – which is the second largest land animal migration in Southern Africa, during the summer after the rains have fallen. The pan is also known for its huge springbok population, wildebeest, elephants and large groups of giraffe. During the rainy season, birdlife here is prolific, many species being different to what one would see in the Delta – it is definitely a birders paradise.
Activities offered at Nxai Pan are game drives, as well as day trips to the famous Baines' Baobabs. 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 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, gather food, find water sources, hunt and identify which plants were used for medicinal purposes. Their wealth of true bush knowledge is unparalleled.
The 9 en-suite chalets at Nxai Pan Camp (including a 2 bedroomed family chalet close to the main area) are linked to the main area by low raised walkways. Inside, the chalets are wide, airy and spacious. All have a relaxing lounge area and sliding doors that open onto a viewing deck, which faces a permanent waterhole where elephant are frequent visitors.
The main area of the camp includes an expansive open-air lounge, dining area, bar, plunge pool and curio shop. The wide, wooden viewing deck leads out to an open firepit area where guests often enjoy pre and post dinner drinks, and breakfast is usually served here too. Off to one side of the deck is a small plunge pool, with sunloungers offering front row seats to the action at the waterhole.
This lodge is a perfect contrast to the Okavango Delta and Northern Botswana regions, and is a great way to start or round off any trip.
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
All meals; beverages including premier brands (alcoholic and non-alcoholic); all game viewing activities; daily laundry service; and emergency medical evacuation cover are included.
Children of any age are welcome except between 15 November and end March, when the minimum age for children is 6 years and older. Rates available on request. Private vehicles are compulsory when travelling with children under 12 years.
Programmes vary for each family and are based on the ages, gender and interests of the children. The guide's aim is to not only keep them entertained but ensure that they learn a great deal under their expert guidance.
Activities on offer include spoor castings, using spotlights, fishing, mammal, bird and plant identification, making greeting cards out of natural materials and identifying wildlife sounds at night. The staff also involve the children in camp duties and they are often found preparing snacks for their game drives with the chefs!
All of the holidays we prepare are tailor-made, but this might give you an idea of how Nxai Pan Camp can be included in you own dream holiday.
Discover the Magic of Botswana
Nxai Pan Camp
Head off the beaten tourist track and visit the largest salt pan in the world, track wild dog and see elephants galore - all this in just 4 days? Yes, it is possible!
This is a 4 night itinerary including Makgadikgadi Pan and Kwando Concession.
This 8 day itinerary combines the stark beauty and remoteness of the desert contrasted with the Delta waterways. Enjoy nature walks with Bushmen, visit giant baobab trees clustered together on the untamed terrain, and unforgettable star gazing over 4 memorable desert days, before heading into the heart of the Okavango Delta for a true wilderness experience. Day and night game drives, walks and mokoro trips will round off your Botswana adventure and leave you with endless holiday memories.
This is a 8 night itinerary including Central Kalahari, Makgadikgadi Pan and Okavango Delta.
*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.
Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.
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General Information For Guests
Nxai Pan accommodates a maximum of 18 guests in thatched units specially designed to provide a constant and comfortable temperature throughout the year. There is also a safe in each room if needed.
The bathrooms include twin basins and both indoor and outdoor showers. One unit has an additional twin bedroom useful for families. The spacious rooms all have a relaxing lounge area and viewing deck which faces onto the waterhole where elephant are frequent visitors.
The main area of the camp includes an expansive open-air lounge, dining area, bar, plunge pool and a curio shop. Battery charging facilities are available in the main area as well.
There is no mobile reception, no direct phone or fax and no email. Communication is maintained with head office in Maun via radio. There is also no TV or radio at Nxai Pan Camp.
A laundry service is included (excluding underwear). Laundry is collected in the morning and usually returned the same day, weather permitting. Washing powder is provided in the room for guests wishing to wash their own garments.
The game drives involve both a guide and tracker, this adds to the experience on 2 levels. You have 2 sets of eyes searching out the action, looking for tracks – this ensures a good chance of sightings, especially predators. In addition, having the tracker out front, concentrating on tracking, means that the guide is more able to talk to clients, keep them informed and to answer any questions.
Game walks are also available, and the length of the walk can be adjusted to suit your personal desires, or level of fitness. The walks are comfortable strolls, meant to provide you with a chance to experience the wilderness and open your eyes to a new and fascinating world.
Nxai Pan is a 100% solar-operated camp.
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