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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.
Maun or Kasane via Johannesburg
12 hours 40 minutes
GMT +2 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an endemic area
Best time to travel
March - November
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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