Follow in the footsteps of Livingstone and Thomas Baines
To truly appreciate the spectacular Nxai Pan the best time to arrange your tailor-made safari is during the rainy season between December and April. This is when you can watch southern Africa’s largest surviving migration take place.
You can expect herds of zebra and wildebeest to arrive at the salt flat, feed on the surrounding grasslands and to calve their young. And we’ll reserve you the prime position to see it all from.
But you can also expect a diverse range of predators, such as the cheetah and lion, to put in an appearance too. Thanks to your guide’s local knowledge, and the firm local relationships that we’ve built up over more than half a century of organising safaris in Africa, we will ensure that you are always in the thick of the action.
The Makgadikgadi Pans, of which Nxai is a part, was once a vast superlake that encompassed central Botswana. Today they are part of a spectacular national park. Traders and explorers, including Livingstone, travelled through these parts from the middle of the 19th century onwards. In 1861 Thomas Baines, a renowned painter, captured an unusual cluster of baobab trees, which have since become known as Baines’ Baobabs and are an essential sight on any holiday in Nxai Pan.
The truth is, there are so many spectacular sights here. The trick is knowing when it’s best to see them and where you can catch them.