Nxai is a large salt pan lying to the north of the main Nata road around 40km to the east of Maun.

The vast majority of Botswana is comprised of the arid flatlands of the Kalahari, which are extremely inhospitable for the majority of larger game during the dry season.

However December thru April rain showers can fill the seasonal waterholes and transform this landscape into a green carpet of lush grazing. Wildlife, which is usually concentrated around the permanent waters of Okavango and Linyanti, reacts to this change by migrating outwards across the plains. Nxai is one of the main focusses for this game movement and can provide superb green season safari in particular.

In the converse season, May thru November, it is the struggle for survival of the area's permanent residents which takes centre stage.

Refer to the guidebook section below for a more detailed introduction.

Nxai Pan Camp is the only lodge option in the area and a pretty decent one at that.
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Lemosho
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