Nxai Pans Makgadikgadi Pans and Central Kalahari

The Central Kalahari was made famous by Mark & Delia Owen’s book Cry of The Kalahari published in 1984 after several years of research on the Black-manned lions of the Kalahari. Game viewing is best during the dry season, from June to December, one truly gets to experience the diverse wildlife and wonderful scenery offering an amazing contrast to the rest of the country and one is able to move freely throughout the pans.

One can see these wonderful large cats with their black manes lying around the water holes during the dry seasons waiting for their opportunity for an easy meal as antelopes come down to drink. Other predators include leopard, cheetah, black-back jackals and bat eared foxes, to name a few. The elusive honey badger, brown hyena, striped polecat, aardwolf and cape fox can also be sighted in the beautiful desert region.

The largest flying bird in the world, the Kori bustard, can be seen throughout the region as well as African Red-eyed Bulbuls, Namaqua, and Burchell Sandgrouse, Dark Chanting Goshawk, Rock  Kestrel and Tawny Eagle are regular sightings.

Antelope such as the Springbok, Gemsbuck (Oryx), and Red Hartebeest frequent the area. The Nxai Pans are home to the famous Baines Baobabs who exposed their beauty with the painting by Thomas Baines in 1862.

The annual migration of the Wildebeest and Zebra in the area, similar to the great migrations in Kenya and Tanzania but on a smaller scale, takes place during the wetter seasons in the year around February and March depending on the annual rainfall. Here one can see the predators, such as lion, cheetah, and leopard waiting for their opportunities to catch the offspring for an easy meal.

The pans in the east of the park don’t have much animal activity in the dry, winter months, but this is when their stark beauty is best appreciated.


  • Panoramic Views

  • Camp Amenities

  • Luxurious furnishings

  • En-suite Bathroom

  • Outdoor shower

  • All inclusive experience


  • Black maned lions, foxes, birds

  • Zebra and Wildebeest migrations (February, March and April)

  • Heaviest flying bird – Kori Bustard

  • Baines Boababs

  • Salt pans

  • Glorious African Sunsets

  • StarGazing

  • Only 6 guests per vehicle

  • Charging ports to charge camera batteries

  • Beanbags supplied for cameras

  • Green Safari

  • Glass bottles

  • Renewable energy

  • Clean up at every camp site

a Typical day on safari