Nxai Pan Lodge

The only permanent lodge in Nxai Pan National Park, the eponymous Nxai Pan Lodge offers the comfort and elegance in the smallest of Botswana’s Kalahari parks. Accessed by air or overland transfer from Maun, this lodge combines perfectly with similar accommodation in the Okavango Delta to offer a classic desert and delta safari.

Facing the rising sun over the expanse of Nxai Pan, this timber and thatch lodge is the ideal base from which to enjoy game drives in the park as well as excursions to the renowned Baines’ Baobab trees. You’ll head out in the early mornings and late afternoons to discover the Kalahari’s wildlife, looking for big cats and wild dogs as well as smaller creatures such as wild cats, brown hyenas and honey badgers. Nxai Pan is where savannah species such as impala mix with desert specialists like springbok and the result is great diversity. Summer rains attract migrating zebra herds as well as elephants and even buffaloes – and the summer bird watching is simply amazing.

Nxai Pan Lodge has nine thatched chalets, one of which is a 4-sleeper unit ideal for families. A pool and raised viewing deck are among the most popular facilities at the lodge, and meals are often served overlooking the lodge’s productive waterhole.

Nxai Pan Lodge Rating

4.5 / 5 (from 37 votes)

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  • Unique Kalahari setting/li>
  • Diverse game viewing & birding
  • Private waterhole & viewing deck
  • En suite chalets & 4-sleeper family unit

Fast Facts

  • Type of Accommodation:  Nxai Pan Lodge
  • Comfort Level:  Midrange
  • Number of Rooms:  9 Chalets
  • Location: Kalahari Region
  • See our Travel Guide: Botswana Safari

Nxai Pan Lodge Luxury Chalets

  • Elegant Timber & Thatch Design
  • En Suite Bathroom & Outside Shower
  • Ceiling Fan & Viewing Deck
  • Four-Sleeper Family Unit

Thick walls and a thatched roof keep each of the lodge’s nine chalets cool in summer and warm in winter. They feature a double or twin bed and en suite bathroom with flush toilet and both inside and outside showers. Sliding doors open onto a wooden deck with views of the permanent waterhole in front of camp. Wooden floors, cool clean lines and generous space add to the appeal.

The Nxai Pan Facilities

  • Swimming Pool & Sun Loungers
  • Private Waterhole & Viewing Deck
  • Curio Shop
  • Bar, Lounge & Dining Area
  • Laundry Service
  • Outdoor Dining Boma

For a small lodge, Nxai Pan Lodge is well equipped. You’ll enjoy the comforts of a swimming pool and friendly bar and lounge as well as delicious meals served in the fire-lit boma, a traditional eating area. Comfortable chairs on the communal viewing deck look out over the lodge’s ‘in-house’ waterhole and make for easy armchair game viewing. A laundry service adds to the convenience.

Activities at Nxai Pan Lodge

  • Morning & Afternoon Game Drives
  • Waterhole Game Viewing & Stargazing
  • Excursions to Baines’ Baobabs
  • Bird Watching

Set where Botswana’s savannah species mix with Kalahari creatures, Nxai Pan is a rewarding game viewing destination. Herds of impala and springbok provide prey for cheetahs and leopards; lions hunt giraffe, kudu and wildebeest. Enjoy expertly-led morning and afternoon drives in modified 4X4s, complete with driver and tracker. The camp is also well situated to visit Baines’ Baobabs, the giant trees painted by the famous naturalist in 1862.

Choose your timing carefully: waterholes make for easy game viewing in the long dry winter but it’s in the rainy summer that Nxai Pan is at its best. Fresh grazing and abundant water attracts migrating zebra, buffalo and elephant herds and the bird watching goes from good to superb.

Nxai Pan Lodge Rates 2016

  • Green Season 2016
  • USD518 pps
  • Mid Season 2016
  • USD518 pps
  • High Season 2016
  • USD518 pps

Green:  January – March and November – December    |   Shoulder:  April to June    |   Peak:  July – October

Includes & Excludes

Includes: Accommodation, all meals, local drinks & premium drinks, tea’s & coffee’s, laundry, goverment taxes, emergency evacuation cover, meet and greet in Maun.

Excludes: light aircraft transfers, tips, gratuities and items of a personal nature.

A Single Surcharge is applicable to bookings during all seasons and is charged at USD140.

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Nxai Pan Lodge on 11/12/2014 rated 4.5 of 5