- Unique wilderness area
- High quality guiding
- Abundant seasonal wildlife
Kwando Nxai Pan is an upmarket yet good value safari camp with a contemporary feel, situated in the heart of Nxai Pan National Park, north eastern Botswana. Set in unique, isolated terrain renowned for abundant seasonal wildlife, Kwando Nxai offers charming, well-appointed accommodation and excellent guiding to just 18 guests.
Nxai Pan National Park is a remote, arid wilderness of flatlands and distinctive saltpans, dotted with acacia and mopane trees. In contrast to Botswana’s Okavango and Linyanti regions, the peak wildlife viewing period is during the November to May ‘green season’, when rainfalls fill the saltpans. While visitors should come prepared for some potential adverse road conditions, huge migrating herds of giraffe, zebra, springbok, elephant, and wildebeest, along with numerous predators, including lion, leopard, cheetah, and jackal are a superb draw, and birdlife during this period is exceptional.
The sole permanent camp in this area, Kwando Nxai is a one hour flight from Maun into the nearby local airstrip. The camp’s thatched and open-fronted main area is built on raised decking, and boasts great views over a nearby waterhole popular with elephants. Guest spaces comprise a light and airy lounge area with comfy sofas, a large communal dining table, a bar, and a small gift shop. Outside on the decked veranda is a refreshing plunge pool with loungers, and a tranquil fire pit area, perfect for after dinner drinks.
Activities focus on daytime game drives led by a guide and tracker, and guided walks led by native Bushmen. Note that due to national park regulations, night drives and off-road driving are not permitted. Also available are excursions to the famous Baines Baobabs, a striking cluster of ancient trees which tower above the salt plan, barely altered since they were painted in 1861 by the naturalist Thomas Baines.
The accommodation comprises eight spacious, thatched guest suites, including one family unit. Built on raised decking and linked by walkways to the main area, each airy suite comprises double or twin beds, and a comfortable lounge area. The pristine bathrooms are ensuite with twin washbasins, WC and both indoor and outdoor showers. All units have overhead fans. Sliding doors lead outside to a private veranda with seating, and delightful views of the bustling wildlife activity around the waterhole.
Children age six years and over are very welcome. There’s a two bedroom family unit comprising one double and one twin bedroom, a generous lounge area, and a spacious bathroom with WC, twin basins, and indoor and outdoor shower. Outside is a private veranda with seating. Note that families with children aged under 12 are obliged to hire a private vehicle, at additional cost, for game drives. Families have the option of hiring a dedicated member of staff who will provide young guests with a range of activities including arts and crafts, animal tracking and identification, and cooking. As the camp is unfenced and wild animals do roam through, parents are reminded that children should be supervised at all times.
It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.
It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.
Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!
My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019