Nxai Pan National Park Nxai Pan National Park tour

Nxai Pan National Park


A large grass plain, containing a group of Baines baobabs, surrounds the Nxai Pan National Park, which is situated on the park’s northern border with Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. The waterhole, which serves as a source of water for a wide range of animals and lies two kilometers from the park’s entrance gate, in between a lush plain dotted with thorn trees, is the focal point of the national park. Along with a sizable population of jackals, bat-eared foxes, and other smaller species, Nxai Pan National Park is home to lions, kudus, impalas, ostriches, birds, and a variety of springboks. When the rain begins, zebra, elephants, and gemsbok live in the National Park. The presence of so many zebras in this national park enhances the possibility of seeing wildlife. The range of activities at Nxai Pan National Park takes place in the summer and as the monsoon season approaches.

In addition to the animals, there are a few other noteworthy aspects of this national park. The most well-known “old trekking path” was a footpath that was utilized between the 1950s and 1960s to bypass Pandamatenga on the way from Ngamiland to Kazungula. Early morning and late afternoon game drives to the Nxai Pans give tourists the chance to discover and learn about the diverse range of species in the area. This park’s specialty is wandering in nature and trekking and tours to the adjacent Baines Baobabs.


Location: North Central Botswana

Nearest International Airport: Maun

How to reach: By road or chartered flight from Maun

Famous for: Worlds largest Delta, Excellent wildlife, Night Safaris, Walking Safaris, Boat Safaris

Best time to visit: Jan to Dec


Mammals: Elephant, Giraffe, Hippo, Buffalo, Zebra, Wildebeest,White Rhino, Black Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena, Wild Dog


Birds: Black Bustard, Ostrich, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Pin-Tailed Whydah, Saddle-Billed Stork


ariel view herd of zebras walking in nxai pan

outstanding salt pans dominate Nxai Pans National Park, which is widely renowned for drawing herds of animals in great numbers. The legendary Baines Baobabs, a clump of baobab trees, is the main draw of the national park. The Okavango River, the grasslands in and surrounding Makgadikgadi National Park, and the National Park are all major animal migration routes. The National Park is a great place to watch lions, giraffes, kudus, jackals, springboks, impalas, and bat-eared foxes. The water pool, in the middle of a broad grassy plain scattered with a few clusters of tiny umbrella thorn trees, is the main attraction of the National Park. It is located a few kilometers from the entrance gate.


group of baines baobab trees in nxai pan national park

The avifauna in this national park is abundant. White-browed sparrow weavers, capped wheatears, pale chanting goshawks, white-browed robins, and Chin spot batis are among the birds that can be spotted here. The distribution of numerous species, such as the double-banded Breeder and the Northern Black Korhaan, allows for the differentiation of the species. When it comes to wildlife, this National Park is well-known for its lions, giraffes, kudu, impala, ostrich, and a sizable population of springbok, who live there year-round. A thriving population of jackals, bat-eared foxes, and other small animals can also be seen. As soon as it starts to rain, zebra, lions, and gemsbok move into this national park. The yellow-billed and red-billed oxpeckers, which are often spotted on the backs of herbivores like zebras and giraffes when they are consuming parasites, are also visible here. Eland, Oryx, and Hartebeest stay here until the water runs out before migrating north to areas with abundant water.

numerous wildlife gather around a water body in nxai pan national park

Camps and Hotels:

Nxai Pan Camp: The permanent camp in the Naxi National Park is called Naxi Pan Camp. The fossil lakebed that was originally a portion of the huge lake that covered much of central Botswana is now available at this camp. This camp draws a lot of animals during the monsoon season, especially zebra and giraffes.

chairs laid around campfire looking over nxai pan national park

Nxai Pan Lodge: The Nxai Pan Lodge is a permanent inn located inside Nxai Pan National Park that offers stunning views of Botswana’s Kalahari Park. This lodge offers a traditional safari to the desert by combining the lovely lodging in the Okavango Delta. The game drives in the park and the renowned Baines Baobab trees may also be enjoyed at this lodge. Visitors can explore the Kalahari wildlife in Kwando Nxai Pan, go on a wild dog and large cat hunts, and even go after small creatures like jungle cats and brown hyenas.

herd of zebras crossing in nxai pan national park