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Nxai Pan National Park is situated just north-east of the Makgadikgadi Pans, and is an important area where herds of migrating herbivores attract predators such as lion, brown hyena and wild dog.

The majority of the wildlife activity at Nxai Pan happens during the green season in the summer with the arrival of the rains, however the national park is also worth visiting in the winter when the land is dry. This is when the animals congregate around the remaining pockets of water, which suddenly become hives of activity with lions often choosing these spots for hunting springbok, gemsbok and zebra.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: gemsbok, cheetah, eland, lion, red hartebeest
  • Where: Northeastern Botswana, Botswana

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Green Season Secrets

In the Green Season the arrival of the summer rains transforms the dry land into verdant pastures dotted with wild flowers. At this time of plenty, there is no shortage of food, so many species choose to bring their young into the world, attracting the unwanted attention of various predators.

  • When to go: Nov-Mar
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £7,495 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Kalahari in Bloom

Explore some of Botswana’s finest wildlife destinations during the scenic splendour of the green season as the arrival of the rains brings the landscape to life. As the arid plains are rejuvenated, large herds of herbivores gather to graze on the grasslands, followed by a host of predators, including hyena, cheetah and lion.

  • When to go: Oct-Mar
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Nxai Pan Camp

Nxai Pan is the only permanent camp situated inside the National Park and is nestled deep in Botswana’s wilderness overlooking the open plains just north of Makagadikgadi. It offers an intimate safari experience as there are only nine rooms, each with a private viewing deck to watch wildlife at the waterhole.