Nxai Pan Camp
Nxai Pan Camp is a new camp opened by Kwando Safaris on February 1st. It is the only permanent camp in the Park, previously only self drive campers and mobile safaris have accessed this area. Nxai Pan is an ancient fossilized lakebed comprising 40 square kilometers and it is the centerpiece of Nxai Pan National Park. Much of the habitat is open grassland with clusters of umbrella acacia trees and permanent herds of springbok, forming ideal cheetah habitat and indeed, this is one of the best locations in Botswana for spotting cheetah.
There are two very different seasons but both are highly dramatic times to visit Nxai Pan. The summer rains support a vast plain of sweet grasses that draw in what is likely the largest migration in Southern Africa as huge herds with thousands of Bruchell’s zebra and blue wildebeest move in to converge with smaller but significant numbers of eland, oryx (gemsbok), and red hartebeest from early December into April. During this time of plenty the majority of calving occurs creating a stock piled grocery for frequently sighted lion and cheetah taking advantage of the bounty. Giraffe congregate in large numbers with journeys of more than 30 individuals common and small breeding herds of elephant move in as well. Very occasionally white rhino are seen, a real rarity in Botswana. This is the rich season and a highly recommended time to visit to see such impressive desert adapted species as oryx, springbok, and red hartebeest that the majority of tourists confining to traditionally popular safari areas never see.
Nxai Pan Camp features 8 desert purpose structures that are thatched with solid insulated walls to stay cool in heat and warm in the cold, essential with the large fluctuating temperatures of the Kalahari. All units have ceiling fans, outside showers and private viewing decks. The rooms and the main lounge area are all slightly raised off the ground and connected with wooden walkways. The main area contains a viewing deck, lounge, dining area, library, curio shop, and pool. Activities focus on game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles with a guide and a tracker, as well as walks are available.
- Outdoor shower
- Private viewing decks