Nxai Pan Camp- brand new, just opened in February 2009 – is situated in the south western section of the National Park, and overlooks a waterhole at the edge of Nxai Pan itself. A protected area since the 1970’s, Nxai Pan National Park and Makgadikgadi Pans National Park were effectively joined in 1992. This new area is some 7 500 square kilometres in extent, and encompasses the famous Ntwetwe Pans, Nxai Pan, Baines Baobabs, and Kudiakam Pan. The Pan itself is a fossilised lakebed some 40 square kilometres in size. The landscape is largely covered by grassland and dotted with clusters of umbrella acacia trees and mopane woodland in the north. Accommodation at the Camp is in 7 custom-designed en suite luxury desert units, with an additional en suite family unit, with 2 bedrooms. The main Lodge area is home to the dining room, lounge, viewing deck, and library. There is also an adjacent swimming pool. Activities are varied, and include a unique fossil pans interpretation, game drives (with a maximum of only 6 guests per vehicle), guided walks, evening drives, and day trips to the famous Baines’ Baobabs. All activities are guided, and have an accompanying tracker. Nxai Pan is known for its large populations of both springbok and oryx, and is also the only natural environment where one can see impala and springbok living together. Once the summer rains have begun (late November to March) migratory species such as zebra and wildebeest begin to move to the Nxai Pan area in their thousands. In addition, hundreds of elephants make their way to the area from the Chobe and Okavango to feed. These large herds attract predator species, including lion, cheetah, wild dog, leopard, spotted hyena, and the more elusive brown hyena. This is a unique area, with breathtaking night skies, diverse species of birds, and reptiles, and enjoys two distinct migratory seasons.
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We travelled with Falcon Safaris in Zimbabwe and Botswana for 16 days. Falcon designed a wonderful trip with private guide to the most interesting sites in both countries. The organization of the whole trip was excellent, flights within the country, accommodation and activites. The guides were very knowledgable and told us a lot about the countries, their history, people, economy and much more. Wevisited the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, the Victoria Falls and a number of national parks in both countries.
Rhino tracking was a real adventure! We had tremendous further game drives and saw very many animals - we did the Big Five. We had much more activities than planned and enjoyed very much.We strongly recommend Falcon Safaris to everyone planning a trip to Southern Africa and East Africa.
Our Consultant Vimbai was very helpful and accommodating. We stayed at the Elephant hills hotel which was nothing short of amazing.Our activities included a helicopter flight, dinner cruise as well as a morning game drive. All the activities were absolutely amazing.
We worked with Gertrude to schedule and organize everything and she did an excellent job. I asked a lot of questions via e-mail and she answered everyone in a timely helpful manner. Our guide at Victoria Falls was also great. He met us at the airport, provided a thoughtful tour of the Falls and got us to our next guide in Botswana. Our lodgings at River View Lodge were just as described- very comfortable and excellent food. All the staff were so pleasant and helpful. If I had to do it again I would arrange a morning boat ride as well. We only did the sunset boat rides and they were the high point of our entire trip- we saw so many animals and our guide was very knowledgeable. Just a great experience. Our lodgings at Oddball's Enclave was rustic and we loved it. So great to disconnect from the world for a bit. Leo, our guide, was the best - got us out and about, saw fantastic wildlife and got back to camp safely each time. Doc manages the camp so well. This whole trip was planned and organized by Falcon Safaris and we could not have been happier.
Falcon safaris have given my the correct advice with excellent service. The only suggestion will be to work closer with the lodges to confirm bookings as soon as possible. We have booked and pay our deposit a year in advance. We have only receive our final convermation from Chobe Safari lodge a week before departure. I do realize its not within your controle but with limit alternatives and a group of 14 people it becomes an issue to find alternative accomodation if the booking was cancelled.
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