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Situated on the edge of Botswana's Makgadikgadi Pans – the largest salt pans in the world covering an incredible 37,000 square kilometres – is Nata Lodge.

Within close proximity of the wildlife-rich Nata Sanctuary, accommodation at Nata Lodge comprises of chalets overlooking the Didibkawe river bed  and meru-style custom-built tents pitched under marula trees.

The lodge has a 50-seat indoor restaurant with open air patio, where both continental and English breakfasts are served. Other facilities at the lodge include a swimming pool, a curio shop which sells African crafts, reading material, maps and clothing, as well as a bar area.  

Activities available at the lodge include quad biking, visiting the Nata bird sanctuary, where there are 165 different species to see, or exploring the sanctuary in four-wheel drive vehicles. The tree canopy surrounding the lodge is active with birdlife, and a variety of species can be observed, including helmeted guineafowl, yellow hornbill, crested francolin, pied and arrow-marked babbler, glossy starling, Meyer’s parrot and paradise whydah among others. The Nata River Sanctuary is also a fantastic place for observing birdlife as it is the breeding ground for thousands of pelicans and flamingos. 

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This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

African Adventure: Zimbabwe, Botswana & Namibia

Journey through Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to observe southern Africa’s iconic wildlife in some of the continent’s finest national parks. Starting at the magnificent Victoria Falls, highlights include excursions in Hwange, Matobo, Moremi, Chobe and the serene Okavango Delta.

  • When to go: Jun-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,095 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
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Makgadikgadi Pans

One of Africa’s most important wetland sites, Makgadikgadi is the only area in Southern Africa to witness a migration of tens of thousands of blue wildebeest and Burchell’s zebra when, during the rains, the dry salt pans transform into lakes, attracting vast flocks of flamingos and migratory birds.

  • Where: Northern Botswana
  • Ideal for viewing: blue wildebeest, brown hyena, lesser flamingo, gemsbok, Burchell’s zebra
  • Excellent for: Vehicle safaris, Birdwatching