Nxai Pan National Park adjoins the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park in Botswana. The Nxai Pans were once part of the great lake that covered central Botswana, which included The Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi and Lake Ngami to name a few.
Nxai Pan is well known for its huge springbok population and, once the rains have started, gemsbok, elephant, giraffe and zebra migrate to the region. It is the large herds of plains game that attract many predators – lion, cheetah, jackal both the spotted and the elusive brown hyena, as well as the endangered wild dog and leopard. There are also bat-eared fox and raptors that prey on the rodents and reptiles. Also to be seen are eland, greater kudu and red hartebeest and once the rains have started, the bird life is excellent.
Nxai Pan Lodge is situated in the tree line, with eight purpose built desert rooms. All rooms have thatched roofs and are insulated to help cool the rooms in the summer and warm them in winter. The main area consists of a dining room, lounge area and a viewing deck as well as a swimming pool, library and curio shop.
Activities on offer include game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles, historical tours to Baines Baobabs and nature walks.
Livingstone passed this way during the middle 19th century, followed by traders and explorers and it became an important trade route. Kgama Kgama Pan in the centre of the park held water at that time and many travellers came here to replenish their water supply and to rest.
In 1861 – the famous painter Thomas Baines arrived to paint an unusual group of baobab trees – one of which lies on its side and hence these beautiful group of trees became known as "Baines Baobabs".