Nxai Pan

The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park forms one vast area which incorporates the Nxai Pan, Kudiakam Pan, Baines' Baobabs, Ntwetwe Pan, and Makgadikgadi Pans.

A Four wheel drive vehicle is essential throughout this area, with access roads difficult to negotiate in any season. In the dry season, the pan surfaces can be treacherous with the unseen water table lurking often just inches under the hard-baked surface. Once on the pans the exhilaration of speeding across the flat surface is unforgettable.

Nxai Pan, is located north of the Makgadikgadi Pans, once part of the old Makgadikgadi lake bed. The Makgadikgadi lake, an area of 80 000 square kilometers, started drying up almost 10,000 years ago. As the water evaporated, huge salt-encrusted pans were left. Surrounding the pans are vast grasslands fringed with palm trees.

In Nxai Pan National Park two of these Pans, “Nxai” (a fossil lake bed about 15 km wide) and “Kgama-Kgama” Pans are located. The pans are covered in short nutritious grasses, interspersed with islands consisting mainly of umbrella thorn trees (Acacia trees), which the animals use for shade during the day.

This is one of the few places in Africa where you will find springbok and impala herds together. The best time to visit is during the wet season from November to April when Nxai Pan National Park is transformed into green and lush grasslands. During this period gameviewing is spectacular, with concentrations of wildebeest, zebra and oryx. Theselarge herds of animals are accompanied by an abundance of predators that have followed the migratory herds into this area. In addition here the bat-eared foxes emerge in good numbers. It is natural that the birdlife at this time is also spectacular.

During the dry season from May to October Nxai Pan becomes very dry and hot, with temperatures of over 40 degrees centigrade. The animals are completely dependent on the artificial waterholes, with most of them having migrated north.

We look forward to showing you this remarkable area. We have our own 4 x 4, and will tailor make a trip to suit your requirements. For groups of more than four guests, we will use two vehicles as well as an accompanying 4 x 4 trailer.

Our service is personalised. Transfers to and from your B & B, Guesthouse, Lodge, Hotel or Airport can be arranged, should you not be staying with us at "Ebubeleni"

For more information please feel free to contact us at info@ebubeleni.com. We can facilitate your arrangements and take you on that Safari of a Lifetime.

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