Expansive salt pans, home to Baines' 7 mighty baobabs and resident desert lions

The roughly 258.000 ha Nxai Pan National Park in north-eastern Botswana is made up of open grasslands, mopane woodland and clusters of acacia trees. The tranquil yet wild safari landscape only adds to its compelling main features, which are the Nxai Pan, the northeastern Kgama-Kgama Pan, and the southern Kudiakam Pan. The prevailing salt flats formed from the prehistoric Makgadikgadi Lake attract large herds of wildlife. The park is also on the migration route of large animal herds moving between the Okavango Delta and the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park grasslands. However, wildlife like lions, jackals, bat-eared foxes, and giraffes can be found at all times of the year.

Highlights

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Discover a wide range of birds in diverse habitats with more than 200 recorded species.
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Admire the famous Baines Baobabs, 7 ancient baobab trees on the edge of the Kudiakam Pan.
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Seek out diverse wildlife and explore the grasslands on morning and afternoon game drives.
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Explore the park’s fascinating wonders up close on a guided bushmen nature walk.

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Nxai Pan National Park offers a year-round wildlife experience in an arid to semi-arid climate. During the dry season, from May to October, animals gather around the waterholes, making them easy to spot. The hotter, rainy season is from November to April. When it starts, many animals, especially zebras, migrate to the area. Although the park is open all year round, road conditions can become challenging when there are heavy rains.

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