Overview – Nxai Pan National Park

Nxai Pan National Park is a national park in northeastern Botswana, comprising Nxai Pan, which is one of the Makgadikgadi Pan salt flats. This genuinely barren scene includes vast areas that make it simple to catch sight of wildlife. Nxai Pan is most popular for its huge springbok populace, the seasonal zebra migration and the group of usually solitary baobab trees.

  • Wildlife14 Animals

  • High SeasonDecember to May

  • Best Time to GoDecember to March

Pros & Cons

  • Amaznig desert scenery
  • Zebra breeding ground and migration route
  • The only place in Botswana where springbok and impala range overlaps
  • Off-the-beaten-track and very little visited
  • Open plains make wildlife viewing easier
  • Comparatively less wildlife than in more popular parks, such as Chobe or Moremi
  • Few options for accommodation in and outside the park
  • Very hot and dry climate

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Wildlife & Animals – Nxai Pan National Park

Nxai Pan is an ungracious desert, where the animals are sufficiently able to overcome the desolate scene and battle against nature and each other for their lives. Springbok, cheetah and lion participate in heart-beating dramatizations over the practically dry water openings. The earth shudders as tremendous groups of zebra jog south through Nxai Pan to the flooding Boteti River. In addition to the fact that zebras partake of the abundance of the rain-doused scene, however, wildebeests additionally join the migration. Such huge groups call forward their predators, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals, and spotted and brown hyenas.

Wildlife Highlights

Numerous animals travel through the rain-drenched pans, including gemsbok, elephants, giraffes, red hartebeest and bat-eared foxes. On rare events, even buffalo and rhinos meander through the unfenced park. Nxai Pan is the area of probably the biggest group of springbok, and curiously, one of the main spots where the territories of springbok and impala cross over, giving a review of the two species. Cheetahs and wild dogs sometimes follow the groups of herbivores giving birth at the pan. Other little predators that are available, yet hard to see, are aardwolf and honey badger.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Nxai Pan National park has very seasonal wildlife viewing. However, the Best time to visit Nxai Pan is in the Wet season from December to March, when animals are attracted to the green grasses around the pans. This is also when many new animals are born. At this time, the roads can be difficult to navigate.

Birds – Nxai Pan National Park

Nxai Pan has incredible bird-watching opportunities, particularly in the wet season. More than 200 species of birdlife can be seen during the green season, going from groups of the enormous ostrich to little however brilliant tree-dwelling birds and from raptors to ground fowl. There are numerous raptors nearby and Kori bustards, Korhanns and Red-necked falcons can all be spotted. When the pans top off after the rainfall - there is an enormous influx of Flamingo.

Best Time for Bird Watching

Nxai Pan can be visited around the year for Bird watching. However, the best time to visit is from November to April. During this time migratory birds are present. Also, during these months a lot of birds are breeding and show their breeding plumage. 

Best Time to Visit – Nxai Pan National Park

Nxai Pan National Park can be visited throughout the year. However, the best time for wildlife viewing is in the Wet season from November to April. However, when the rains are heavy, roads can become impassable. The dry season, from May to October, is easier for travel and the best time to experience the loneliness of the desert and watch the instinctive interaction of predator and prey.

  • Best Time

    December to March

  • High Season

    December to May

  • Low Season

    June to November

  • Best Weather

    May to August

  • Worst Weather

    January to March

April to October (Dry Season)

  • It's less crowded from June to November, hence, rates are likely to be lower
  • Roads are in better condition, so driving is easier in the park
  • No rains and always sunny
  • It's cooler in the middle of the day, from April to August
  • Very few wildlife viewing options are available
  • Very dry & dusty climate

April to October (Wet Season)

  • Many animals including large herds of zebra and wildebeest migrate to the pans
  • Plenty of the herbivores give birth to their young
  • Predators are numerous
  • Birding is best as migratory birds are present
  • It's green & many flowers everywhere
  • Very hot weather
  • Roads become impassable
  • Rainfalls can create challenges in planned activities

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