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Nxai Pan National Park lies just north of the Maun-Nata road and adjoins Makgadikgadi Pans National Park on its northern border. Nxai Pan was originally state land and an area of 1676 sq. km was declared a game reserve in 1970, and then in 1992 the boundaries were extended to include Baines Baobabs to give the present total area of 2578 sq km and National Park Status was granted.

The Nxai Pans were once part of the great lake that covered central Botswana which included The Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi and Lake Ngami to name a few. Livingstone passed this way during the middle 19th century and soon traders and explorers followed and it became an important trade route. In 1861 - the famous painter Thomas Baines arrived to paint an unusual group of baobab trees, one of which lies on its side and hence these beautiful group of tree's became known as "Baines Baobabs".

The Pan itself is another fossil lakebed about 40 sq km in size. The landscape is largely covered by grassland and dotted with clusters of umbrella acacia tree's and mopane woodland in the north. During the rains from November to April the pans become covered in grass which is a landscape very similar to the Kalahari and attracts the largest migration of wildebeest and zebra in Southern Africa from early December into April, during this time plenty of calving occurs attracting the predators, particularly lion and cheetah.


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Fly to

Maun or Kasane via Johannesburg

flying time

12 hours 40 minutes

time difference

GMT +2 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an endemic area

Best time to travel

March - November

Weather

The best time to travel is between March and November, rain fall is at a minimum and the days are cooler but clear. Early mornings and evenings can be chilly. The Delta is normally in flood from May until August.

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Bush Skills Adventure in Botswana

Nights: 3 | from £1,995pp

Enjoy unique insights into one of the natural wonders of the world – the vast Okavango Delta, swarming with wildlife – while learning bush survival skills... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Highlights of Botswana

Nights: 11 | from £4,515pp

A safari of contrasts that enables you to view Botswana’s magnificent wildlife in both Linyati and the world-famous Okavango Delta, with the option to... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Botswana: Safari in Style 2017

Nights: 9 | from £7,515pp

Discover the magical Okavango Delta combined with the mighty Victoria Falls, making this trip an unforgettable experience Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Botswana Under Canvas

Nights: 10 | from £4,995pp

Botswana is the ultimate luxury safari destination; during this trip you will stay in four different tented camps, allowing you to get close to nature... Find out more

Holiday type: Private set departure Group departure

Safari & Wildlife

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Classic Botswana

Nights: 9 | from £5,580pp

There is nowhere like Botswana. The wilderness experience here is second to none, with vast swathes of pristine savannah, flood plains, rivers and lagoons... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Kwando Nxai Pan

Kwando Nxai Pan is located on the western edge of the fossil pan from which the camp takes its name. Nine purpose built desert rooms specially designed... Find out more

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