KNOW BE­FORE YOU GO

go! Botswana - - NXAI PAN -

How to get there? The park has one en­trance gate, off the A3 tar road 132 km east of Maun and 75 km west of Gweta. Drive care­fully on the A3 be­cause there are lots of pot­holes.

Take note: A sec­tion of the tar road at the vil­lage of Zoroga be­tween Gweta and Nata washed away in heavy sum­mer rain early in 2017. There’s a 15 km gravel de­tour.

I don’t have a 4x4 – what now? Book ac­com­mo­da­tion at Ti­aan’s Camp. (See page 90.) The camp of­fers day out­ings into the park in their game-view­ing ve­hi­cle.

Fuel & shops? There is no fuel in the park. Fill your tank in Maun, Rakops or Nata. Gweta doesn’t al­ways have fuel. Fill some jer­rycans and take them along too, to calm your nerves.

The shop at South Camp is well stocked with tooth­paste, soap, cook­ing oil, Doom, John­nie Walker (Red La­bel and Black La­bel!), tinned food, beer, wine, cig­a­rettes and even bat­tery water and brake fluid for your ve­hi­cle. per day. Only cash (pula) is ac­cepted at the gate.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion: There are camp­ing fa­cil­i­ties at South Camp and at Baines’ Baob­abs – both camp­sites are run by the Xo­mae Group. The only for­mal ac­com­mo­da­tion is Nxai Pan Camp, run by Kwando Sa­faris, but it’s ex­pen­sive. See page 92 for more about th­ese places.

What about Mak­gadik­gadi Pans Na­tional Park and the Boteti River? Both are rel­a­tively close by and it makes sense to visit them too if you’re go­ing all the way to Nxai Pan. (See page 22 for info about the Boteti River.)

There are three camp­sites in Mak­gadik­gadi Pans Na­tional Park: Khu­maga next to the Boteti River, Njuca Hills and Tree Is­land. (See page 90.) Njuca Hills and Tree Is­land are sel­dom vis­ited. There might not be much game in the vicin­ity, but both are ex­cel­lent wilder­ness des­ti­na­tions.

When you’re plan­ning your Nxai Pan trip, don’t for­get about Kubu Is­land (page 93) and the ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions around Gweta (page 93) and Nata (page 93).

Kwando Lodge HATAB Baobab Chee­tahs are some­times seen here. Park fees: P120 (R155) per adult per day; P60 (R77) per child aged 8 – 17; plus P50 (R64) per ve­hi­cle Over­grown Ele­phant Pools Per­ma­nent wa­ter­hole Baobab Keep an eye out for lions. HATAB NXAI...

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