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Nxai Pan National Park Botswana Safaris
OUR BOTSWANA SAFARIS AND THE NXAI PAN NATIONAL PARK
Frequently chosen as one of the favourite destinations on any Botswana Safari, the Nxai Pan, Ntwetwe Pan and Sowa Pan are three large salt pans that make up the famous Makgadikgadi Pans. The Nxai Pan is actually a National Park and the Nxai area consists of a series of fossil pans which were originally ancient salt lakes. These fossil pans are covered with grass and scattered with Acacia tree islands, providing shade for numerous species of Botswana wildlife. These Nxai Salt pans were formed between 10 000 and 15 000 years ago when the area used to be a super lake, formed by the Okavango Delta, Zambezi River and Chobe River. Over the years, this area of Botswana experienced tectonic plate movements and the directions of the rivers changed, thus creating the Nxai Pan National Park.
Taking a Botswana safari through the Nxai Pan National Park will introduce you to the many sights and sounds of the true African wilderness. The Nxai Pan National Park is a fascinating Botswana Safari destination due to the ample and varied animal life, as well as the Baobabs that lie scattered around the Nxai Pan. An interesting fact about the Nxai Pan National Park is that it contains Springbok and Impala (generally these two types are animal live and rely on different terrains and are therefore rarely found in the same area). The Nxai Pan is also a breeding ground for herds of Zebra, Wildebeest, Gemsbok, Eland, making it an important nature reserve for any African wildlife enthusiast. While on your Botswana safari in the Nxai Pan National Park, you may also spot Hyenas, Bat-eared foxes, Hartebeests, Giraffes, Raptors and even Cheetahs!
The history of the Nxai Pan National Park is significant in the development of Botswana nature preservation. The Nxai Pan National Park was originally proclaimed as a protected area in the 1970’s and included a total area of 1676km2… In 1992 it was declared a National Park and this area was extended to 2578km2. The Nxai Pan National Park is set in the Northern Area of the Makgadikgadi Basin – which was once part of the ancient Lake Makgadikgadi. Entry through the Nxai Pan National Park is through the Nata main road which adjoins the Makgadikgadi Pans on the Northern border – approximately 136km outside of Maun. The cultural, historical, and ecological elements of this area make it an important Botswana safari destination, and the wildlife viewing is excellent.
Taking a safari around the Nxai Pan National Park will awaken your senses, as the area remains untouched and pristine. Each season offers different game-viewing opportunities, and for any Botswana safari, the best game viewing months (including the area around the Nxai Pan National Park) tends to be between December and July. The rainy season is from November to April and the dry season from May to September. The Nxai Pan is not frequented by many tourists on Botswana Safaris, but those that have visited the sister National Park to Makgadikgadi Pans recognise it as a very special wildlife destination.
Have a look at our Botswana Safaris that include the Nxai Pan National Park below. We also have other Botswana Attractions that you might want to visit on your Botswana Safari.