Nxai National Park

It is located near the vast Makgadikgadi National Park in northern eastern Botswana. The Nxai salt pans are part of the Makgadikgadi salt flats. Part to the park is covered in acacia woodlands and a few other tree species covering 2576sq kilometers of the park. The park was established in 1970 with its borders stretching to the Baines Baobabs.


The wildlife in Nxai Pans National park is mainly concentrated on the waterholes after the rains. Some of the regular species of mammals in the park include lions, springbok, bat eared fox, jackal, kudu, giraffe, impala, ostrich, zebra, elephants, impala, kudu and mnay others. Zebras and elephant often flick the waterholes with their cubs after the rain which draws many potential predators to the site.

Some of the birds in Nxai include kestrel, goshawk, balck korhaan and vultures. Manyb other birds migrate to the park during the rainy months in November to April

Getting there

The pan can be accessed via the same route as for Makgadikgadi Park on Maun road. The parks are actually 134km from Maun and 65km from Ngweta. The park is more accessible during the dry season months of May to September when the roads are firmer after the rains. 4X4 are required to cross the park.

There are no camps or safari lodges in Nxai National park. Accommodation is available in Maun and safari lodges in the sister park Makgadikgadi national park.

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