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Protected Area Nxai Pan National Park

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Located in Botswana :: Makgadikgadi  :: Nxai Pan
Category: Protected Areas :: Protected Area


Nxai Pan National Park incorporates Nxai Pan and Kgama-Kgama Pan that fill with water in the wet season, drawing herds of antelope to graze on their grassy edges, followed by predators. The park lies just north of the Maun-Nata main road and adjoins the northern border of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Wildlife migrates freely between these parks.

Baines Baobabs, 30kms south of Nxai Pan, is a rocky outcrop with 7 enormous baobabs, surrounded by Kudiakam Pan. The baobabs were painted by Thomas Baines in 1862, while accompanying the explorer John Chapman en route to Victoria Falls. The trees grow so slow it is said that virtually no difference in the shape and size of the trees can be detected when comparing his painting to a modern day photograph.

The entrance gate to the park is about 140km east of Maun on the A3, and the nearest town where you can stock up on necessities, is Gweta about 75 km further east. There is also a police station, hospital and pharmacy in Gweta, while fuel is only available in Maun, Nata, Rakops or Lethlakane.

Campsites are available at South Camp, with running water and flush toilets, while the campsites at Baines Baobabs have no facilities. The road leading from the A3 into the park, is deep sand, and travellers are advised to deflate their tyres and engage diff-lock.

Address :  Makgadikgadi, Botswana
Contact :  DWNP
Tel :  +267 397 1405
Tel2 :  +267 318 0774
Email :  Click Here
Host Website :  Click Here

Opening Times : 

All Year

Time Information
Best Time to Visit :  November to April
Gate Opening and Closing Times :  06h00-18h30 Apr-Sep (winter); 05h30-19h00 Oct-Mar (summer).
Reception Opening and Closing Times :  Office hours: 07h30-16h30 on weekdays. Closed weekends.

Rates and Payment
Fee/s :  Park entry fee: BWP120pp (International); BWP30pp (Residents); BWP10pp (Citizens). Vehicle fees per day of BWP10/BWP50 for local/international. (Apr-2022).

General Information
Pre-Booking :  Non-Essential

Destination Information

Safe Parking Available

Game Viewing Game Drives 4WD Trails Bird Watching Photography
Game to View :  Lion. Leopard. Wild Dog. Cheetah. Springbok. Gemsbok. Large herds of Wildebeest and Zebra. Giraffe.

Travelling Information
Closest Town :  Gweta

Self Drive Access :  Yes
Vehicle Type :  4WD

There are no fuel stations and no restaurants. The next fuel station is in Gweta about 65 km away.

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