Nxai Pan National Park


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Spectacular desert experience & live kill in dry season

Written on: May 18, 2013   |   I visited in September 2011 I absolutely loved the Nxai during dry season, although that’s probably because by the time we got there we were well and truly saturated with game viewing. It’s the deserted scenery which is just awe-inspiring. Cold nights, bright starry skies and absolutely desolate bush camps is what I enjoyed the most.

Granted, if you’re after lots of animal viewing best you time with your visit with the rains and the zebra migration, but we’d seen it all in the Masai Mara so were more than happy to have this desert experience instead. The water holes were bone dry, but the sunsets were just magical.

We did score ONE amazing sight here, which is something not even the Mara or Ngoro ever gifted us: a live hunt. Guess the few animals that remain really struggle for survival, so perhaps if you’re going to see any game here it will likely be a hunt. Witnessed a cheetah stalk, hunt and eventually gobble down a zebra, which was just amazing to say the least.
The park is, of course, home to the thousand year old Baines’ Baobab trees and this is where you’ll find all the tourists congregating...almost like a human watering hole!
Pick wet season for animals but, if you want something utterly spectacular, experience the deserted park in dry season, it will be an experience not easily forgotten.
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Apr 02, 2015   |   Visited: Feb 2015.
We like to add Nxai Pan in the green season when the zebra migration is in place. In this period we have had several fantastic safaris in Nxai Pan, with good sightings of lion and cheetah, and of course thousands of zebras and giraffe. Nxai Pan brings diversity to your safari itinerary and is like no other place. We also love to go to Baines Baobabs for a different... read more

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(4/5 stars) Written on: Jul 30, 2014   |   Visited: Feb 2014.
Was so glad we decided to visit this park. The cool salt pans and funky baobabs alone were worth it. We were there during the rainy season, which made all the different, or so I'm told. I saw so many zebra, it was crazy.
For me, it was the scenery that made it worth-while. I'd love to return! read more
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