Makgadikgadi Pans & Nxai Pan National Park

Visit Makgadikgadi Pans and Nxai Pans National Park, and check off a visit to the largest individual salt pan on Planet Earth.

This National Park provides unique wilderness experiences. Vast horizons frame the stark landscape for most of the year providing opportunities for unparalleled stargazing. The famous inquisitive meerkats peek out from their colony holes or view the renowned flamingo migration during the short wet season when the pan fills.

Leroo La Tau

Leroo La Tau rises majestically above the Boteti River which stretches across the western border of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

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Plan Your Trip

Found in the central northeast of Botswana, Makgadikgadi Pan and Nxai Pan are large salt-pans which border the savanna and grasslands of the northern Kalahari Desert region. Known for the desolate open landscapes, with vast vistas and huge skies, the Makgadikgadi Pan and Nxai Pan National Park provides a surprisingly wide variety of wilderness experiences and activities. Home to a diverse host of game and predator species adapted to survival in this forbidding landscape, this park offers a genuine departure from the typical bush safari experiences found elsewhere in Africa’s Eden. An iconic feature of the Makgadikgadi Pan and Nxai Pan National Park is the ancient baobab tree. The park contains some of the oldest examples of this aged species anywhere in the region. Makgadikgadi Pans and Nxai Pans National Park is accessible by road – preferably 4×4 – from Kasane (via Nata) and Maun, and by air to Maun, with light aircraft transfers to some camps. A day’s journey from Livingstone and Victoria Falls, Makgadikgadi Pans and Nxai Pans National Park offer compelling and varied experiences for a visit to Africa’s Eden.