Welcome to Nxai Pans National Park
This 2578-sq-km park is one of the most accessible places to experience the salt pans that are a Kalahari speciality, although it's more about smaller pans surrounded by grasslands and scrubby vegetation than the vast, salty wastes that you find further south. Wildlife is a highlight here; elephants, giraffes and jackals are pretty much guaranteed, and you have a good chance to see lions and cheetahs as well. The grassy expanse of the park is interesting during the rains, when large animal herds migrate from the south and predators arrive to take advantage of the bounty; it’s also impressive when the land is dry and dust clouds migrate over the scrub and umbrella acacias.
The park also occupies an important historical area: crossing the park is the old Pandamatenga Trail, which once connected a series of bore holes and was used until the 1960s for overland cattle drives.