Description and history
This small village, situated 180km north of Francistown, is a popular stop-over destination
on the way to Maun and Kasane (both approximately 300km away) further north. The
white sand, tall termite mounds and Mokolwane palm trees are a feature of the area
around this village.
Due to the number of tourists passing through there are now three filling stations
(Engen, Shell and Caltex) close together on the outskirts of Nata at the junction
with the Maun road, all of which should accept credit cards.
Shops in Nata are limited although North Gate fuel station, has a Southern Fried
Chicken takeaway along with a shop selling basic food stuff and cold drinks. Engen
fuel station has a Wimpy fast food restaurant.
Nata is the best place from which to explore the eastern section of the Makgadikgadi
Pans. Nata Bird Sanctuary is only 10km away and self-drive trips here can be rewarding
at the right time of year with flocks of Flamingos and Pelicans breeding here each
year. Various ducks and waders can be seen during the wet season and the grasslands
support a wide variety of birds all year round.