General This National Park has recently been extended to incorporate the area surrounding Baine's Baobabs (pictured) which were made famous by Thomas Baine's painting in the late 1800's. The main focal point of the Park is Nxai Pan a large grass covered pan.
Location Situated on the opposite side of the Nata - Maun road to the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park the entrance gate is 28km from the main road though it was through deep sand and took over 2hrs. The government had graded the road last time we were there and this significantly reduced the time it took to get to the entrance gate. Wildlife The Pan attracts a number of plains game such as Gemsbok and Springbok and the surrounding bushveld provides habitat for Giraffe, Kudu and Impala. This is the only place in Botswana where Springbok and Impala occur together naturally. The Pan provides perfect habitat for Cheetah and the waterhole on the Pan provides the focal point for interactions between Lions and their prey. Wild Dog can occasionally be seen here and Elephant often come this far south in the summer months.
Camping Two campsites are found in the Park one on the south side of Nxai Pan and one at Baines baobabs. South Camp is situated in a grove of large trees providing ample shade during the hot summer months (see photo) and has basic ablutions, picnic tables and standpipes. Although water is available it should be boiled and treated before it is drunk. Baines baobabs campsite has no facilities or water and is situated on Kudiakam pan near to these impressive trees. Photos See below for a selection of photos taken in the Nxai Pan National Park: