Botswana :: Makgadikgadi
:: Nxai Pan
Category: Protected Areas :: Protected Area
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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. (Dec-17)
|Best Time to Visit :||November to April|
|Game Viewing, 4WD Trails|
|Game to View:||Lion. Leopard. Wild Dog. Cheetah. Springbok. Gemsbok. Large herds of Wildebeest and Zebra. Giraffe.|
|Notes on Activities:||(Some activities may be offered nearby).|
|Closest Town :||Gweta|
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