Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan NP
About Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan NP
Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan National Park is a vast area and includes Ntwetwe Pan, Makgadikgadi Pans, Nxai Pan, Baines' Baobabs and Kudiakam Pan. Makgadikgadi is technically not a single pan but many pans with sandy desert in between, surrounded by the Kalahari desert.
Thought to once be a massive lake covering 60-80,000 sq. kms that existed 2 million years ago and started to dry up 1500 years ago due to climatic changes. Further evaporation turned the lake into large pans with a surface glistening with salt.
The Boteti River, one time a broad strong-flowing waterway fed by waters from the Okavango in the months of June and July, dwindled to a chain of pools, final ceased flowing in September 1992. The very last few deep stable pools that are left are used by humans, livestock and wildlife.
The national park is not dry all the time though. The pans, which are located in half the south, east and northeastern areas of the park, fill up with water in the rainy season from mid-November and regularly hold on to their water into April or May. The pans become great sheets of water, which attract a fantastic array of waterbirds and trigger spectacular migrations of wildebeest and zebra.
Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan NP Hotels
If you are planning a Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan NP holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Leroo La Tau Lodge Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan NP
Leroo La Tau has East African style Meru tents, each on individual raised wooden platforms.
Nata Lodge Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan NP
An oasis set among the Mokolwane palms on the edge of the Makgadigadi pans lies Nata Lodge. Offering 22 luxury thatched chalets built on stilts and set in rustic African style with en suite bathroom including indoor bath and outdoor shower. There are also 10 custom designed meru tents set on wooden decks. The lodge also boasts a well stocked bar a refreshing outdoor swimming pool, large restaurant and curio shop. Well located next to the Nata Bird Sanctuary.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan NP Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan NP.