Nxai Pan Camp gazes over the grasslands of Nxai Pan National Park within Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
The camp’s nine suites are thatched with solid walls that are well-insulated against the Kalahari’s searing heat and freezing cold and painted in white-wash to blend in with the white salt pans. The air-conditioned rooms include an en suite bathroom with twin basins and both an indoor and outdoor shower. For families, there is one room available with an additional twin bedroom. Each room also has a comfortable lounge and private deck with views of the waterhole, a favorite of the elephants. These rooms and the main camp building are raised just a bit off the ground and are linked by timber walkways.
Nxai Pan is the only permanent camp within Nxai Pan National Park. Once part of an ancient great lake, the area is known for its abundance of game as well as the famous Baines Baobabs, or the “upside down tree.” The terrain surrounding Nxai Pan Camp is open grassland dotted by the ubiquitous umbrella-shaped acacia trees. The biggest draw to the park is the zebra migration as thousands come to the area to drop their young making it the second largest land animal migration in southern Africa. Of course, the predators are not far behind with the pans being one of Botswana’s best areas for cheetah spotting.