Nxai Pan National Park, well known for its huge springbok population, covers over 810-square-miles (2,100-km2) and is located north of the Maun-Nata road in Northern Botswana. The Nxai Pan is a fossil lake bed about 15-square-miles (40-km2) in size; it is covered with grass during the rains. The landscape is dotted with baobab and acacia trees. Kgama-Kgama Pan is second to Nxai Pan in size.
In addition to southern giraffe, wildlife includes gemsbok, eland, greater kudu, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, springbok, steenbok, brown and spotted hyena, cheetah and other predators. During the rains, elephant and buffalo may also be seen. After the first rains have fallen (December through April), game viewing can be good. Bird life is excellent during the rains.
Baines’ Baobabs, situated in the park not far from the Maun-Nata road, were immortalized by the famous painter Thomas Baines in 1862. His painting, titled “The Sleeping Five,” is of five baobabs, one of which is growing on its side. Seldom are baobab trees found growing so closely together. Baines’ Baobabs were later painted by Prince Charles.
Nxai Pan Camp has been built into a tree line and features eight tents (seven twins and one family tent accommodating four people) with en suite facilities, outdoor showers, private viewing decks, ceiling fans and powered by solar-technology with back-up generators. The main area, connected by a raised walkway, includes a dining room, lounge and viewing deck. Activities offered are game drives in open 4wd vehicles, guided walks, excursions to Baines’ Baobabs.