Nxai Pan Camp

Reviews of Nxai Pan Camp

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Below are independent comments from 15 of our travellers who have visited Nxai Pan Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs M from Australia
Arrived on: 4-Dec-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nxai Pan Camp review

Game viewing was very patchy as the rains had only arrived at the time I did. I took a gamble and it misfired. Nevertheless an interesting and enjoyable change of environment. A well appointed and well run camp with very attentive staff under the management of Bonnie and Clyde !!!!!

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Mr P - Somerset
Arrived on: 26-May-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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The Perfect Start to Our Safari

Nxai Pan camp was the first camp that we stayed at on our safari. It was, for us, the perfect place to start.

The managers were very friendly and welcoming and created a very relaxed atmosphere - a real 'homely' feel in the camp. This was probably helped by the fact that, for the first 2 days of our 3 day stay, we were the only guests!

Our guide, Partner, and tracker, Shoes, were also very friendly, but very knowledgeable and we felt totally relaxed and safe on our game drives.

Highlights were learning about the San customs with Shoes, the trip to see the Baines baobab trees, the traditional meal eaten with our fingers around the fire and, of course, the leopard sighting!

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Mr & Mrs M - Utah
Arrived on: 2-May-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nxai Pan Camp review

Partner was a great guide, very knowledgeable.

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Ms M - Virginia, USA
Arrived on: 19-Apr-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nxai Pan Camp review

Wonderful Camp with excellent guides and staff. I was traveling on my own and I loved the relaxed atmosphere and friendliness of the whole staff and fellow guests.

The game drives were wonderful. Great food as well.

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Mr & Mrs H - Indianapolis
Arrived on: 2-Apr-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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outstanding first camp

Our introduction to what we came to Africa for in the first place. Staff overachievers at all levels! Not Groot Bos, but not supposed to be either!

If you can handle the roads here, you can handle the roads at the other three camps we visited.

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Mr & Mrs W from Coventry
Arrived on: 20-Nov-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Safari at Nxai Pan Camp

Again the Kwando staff were exceptionally welcoming and friendly. They even arranged a meal in our room on our last night when we were the only guests - much appreciated.

The guide (Alex) was a temporary assignment from Tau Pan but was very helpful and knowledgeable, especially on the different bird species. He enabled us to have great photo opportunities of two cheetahs at the water hole.. We also saw lions and elephants in confrontation at the nearby waterhole before nearly being joined by two warthogs! The guide was always happy to stop and point out bird-life.

Again the safari vehicles were very comfortable but suffered from being six people in two tiers. This situation was made worse by the roof cover which was necessary to protect the occupants from the strong sun. We were lucky in only having a six person situation for one safari, but the people sitting in the middle had a difficult time. If you are serious about bird watching and/or have a big camera lens the vehicle set up is potentially very problematic. Again the guide tried his best to ensure everyone got a reasonable view whenever possible.

The camp is in a very open setting overlooking an artifical water hole. The rooms are excellent and very spacious and the swimming pool presented a welcome break at midday. The food and drink were plentiful and good quality. Well worth another visit for the friendly staff, knowledgeable guides and a different perspective on wildlife viewing but not for the prospect of being six people cramped into a two tier vehicle.

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Mr & Mrs S from York
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nxai Pan Camp review

in a word - Fabulous.

Clean, airy ,spacious and laid back and spacious, just what we needed to reflect on our trip, whilst continuing to keep us occuupied. The Bushman's walk was really interesting taken as it was by a one-eyed old bushman (must have been about 70! Really interesting. A lovely touch was a bottle of bubbly in our room which they gave us to celebrate outr wedding anniversary.

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Mr & Mrs K from Lyme Regis
Arrived on: 4-May-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Very friendly informal camp

Very friendly informal camp. Glad a started here would have been disappointed if I had ended here.

Game was scarse bu great guide who did invest to track down what was there.

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Dr H - Lancs
Arrived on: 30-Apr-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Wonderful Nxai Pan

For our three night stay we were the only two guests and were looked after like royalty.Janet was a great hostess , very warm,chatty and welcoming.Our guide was Pax and our tracker was a Bushman called Shoes and both were excellent. with good knowledge and able to answer all that we asked. We had great sightings of the local pride of Lions every day, sometimes at very close quarters . We also saw Cheetah ,Ellies,Giraffes,Antelope [Springbok,Steenbok] and had a great trip to Baines Baobabs with lunch alfresco.All the meals were excellent and the food was plentiful.

From our room we had a great view of the Elephants at the nearby waterhole. Sitting around the camp fire at night we had wonderful views of the stars and milky way.Pax used his laser pointer to show us all the constellations.The beds were very comfy and we slept extremely well.The early mornings and evenings were cool but otherwise it was brilliant blue cloudless skies all the time.

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Mr N & Ms S from London
Arrived on: 11-Jan-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
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A less known but no less impressive migration

Mid-January is probably the perfect time to visit Nxai Pan, catching the remarkable zebra migration and (our main aim) hitting the peak of the migrant bird season. Given our principal interest, we opted for a private guide and we have nothing but praise for Donald and Kayser, expert guides and great company.

With their help we identified over 115 bird species in four days (the majority of them different to the species we had identified at Motswiri, bringing our total for the eight-day trip to just over 200), with the large and varied raptor population a particular highlight. The drive to Baines' Baobobs was well worth the effort, the bonus being a large flock of lesser flamingo in Kudiakam Pan.

As for the mammals, even in just four days the ebb and flow of the population was clearly visible across the pan in search of fresh grass, bringing sightings of lion and cheetah; and close encounters with elephants were frequent.

The camp is very well run by Janet Shamukuni (whom we had first met two years previously at Tau Pan) and her team and we were very well looked after throughout.

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