Nxai Pan Camp

Reviews of Nxai Pan Camp

Excellent(90%) From 29 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 29 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.
Dr & Mrs N from USA
Arrived on: 21-Jan-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Enjoyed this camp

Wonderful people and food, nice game drives - Wago was excellent guide

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Dr. W from SaffronW - UK
Arrived on: 4-Jan-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nxai Pan Camp review

We loved the location and setting at Nxai Pan Camp. The staff were more than friendly, and keen to give us the best time. The meals were delicious too.

Unfortunately there were heavy thunderstorms each day, which affected what we could do a bit, and led to some disappointing drives as the wildlife had scattered.

We did enjoy our trip to Baines Baobabs - magnificent on the edge of the pans.

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Mr & Mrs S from Harrow
Arrived on: 25-Apr-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nxai Pan Camp review

Very good camp. Lots of zebra, giraffe and elephants at the waterhole. V good lion sightings every day and great day trip to Baines's Baobab. Noisy, infantile Americans a nuisance but luckily not there every day.

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Mrs S from Enfield
Arrived on: 27-Mar-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A zebra fest at Naxi Pan

Great sightings of thousands of zebra, the beautiful oryx and the local lion pride. As at Tau Pan, a good variety of birds. Our guide Elliot was surprised so many elephants came into camp - some wonderful sightings. Much enjoyed the visit to Baines Bao Bab Trees and seeing the water filled pans and a different landscape. Elliot and our tracker Shoes took things more slowly but always found what was there to see. The star gazing evening was very interesting.

Again there was an issue of a game being interrupted by taking clients to the air strip. However it was resolved by an offer to join a couple who had just arrived.

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Mr & Mrs T from UK
Arrived on: 26-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nxai Pan Camp review

Well sited and set out camp with very good game viewing.

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Mrs I from Clitheroe
Arrived on: 8-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nxai Pan Camp review

The staff was beyond welcoming. Management was some of the best and nicest I've come across in Africa.

The rooms are lovely and clean, of a simplicity in furniture and the more beautiful for it. Very comfy beds! Food was excellent.
Our guide, Chester, being aware we are photographers, knew how to position his vehicle to put all our animals into the best light.

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Mr J from Coventry
Arrived on: 4-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Our annual adventure to Africa 6th and final

The room here was probably the best of the whole trip. Friendliness of staff now taken a bit for granted but I shouldn't do that. I must give a special mention to Linsey and Bonney who were both wonderful. If I had been 40 years or so younger I might have asked them to come home with me. Food again was delicous.
Game viewing not as good here as at other lodges but Chester, our guide still managed to find Lion, Bat Eared Foxes, our 5th different pack pf wild dogs and a Cheetah. Bains Baobabs well worth a visiit

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Mr P from Eastleigh
Arrived on: 7-Dec-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nxai Pan Camp review

What can I say. I ended up at the camp as the only guest for a day due to the time of year. I was treated just the same as if the camp was full, in fact I probabaly had more attention from the staff as I was the lone guest. The only reason I mark down the activities is because I came from Kwara camp. Being a National reserve no off roading is allowed so the experience straight from Kwara is much different. However after half a day Nxai Pans beauty comes into its own and is a vey special place. I was early and the rains were late so I missed the Zebra migration but still loved Nxai and fell in love with its unique beauty.

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Kathy from Tucson, AZ
Arrived on: 21-Mar-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Zebras, Elephants, Lions

In late March, the area was full of game. Water hole out front of camp (at a distance), with lots of zebras and elephants and a bit of everything else.

Saw lions and cheetahs several times on drives. Downside of nearby water hole with lots of zebras is that there were a lot of annoying flies at the camp. Not a problem in the rooms, only in the central/dining part of the lodge. Food was especially tasty. Rooms are very large and comfortable.

Was disappointed in the guiding. The guide was knowledgeable, but rarely shared any background information on animal habits, the locale, etc. Tried unsuccessfully to pry more info out of him. Also we spent too much time sitting in the truck and waiting for carnivores to wake up and walk around.

There were signs of wear around the camp - our deck had a couple boards buckled, for example.

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Mr & Mrs G from Herts
Arrived on: 22-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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The rains came, prior to our arrival

Our stay was dominated by the effects of weather prior to our arrival. After 5 years of below average rainfall throughout Southern Africa, the rains arrived late summer 16/17, but in January and first 2 weeks February were exceptionally heavy culminating in the after effects of the passage of typhoon Dineo, where even Windhoek received more rain than usual in third week Feb.

So arriving 4th week Feb, the condition of the roads in clay mud areas, particularly near the camp was appalling and got worse over the 3 days. Sand roads in the pan and further afield were still good. Although tired, the driver guides struggled manfully on, bolstered by the presence of Jessica to assist with guest relations. She persuaded our guide {Mr T!} to do the full day drive to Baines Baobabs, which was the highlight of our stay, showing varied landscapes and vegetation.

As expected animals were limited except for the large number of zebra present having migrated from Chobe and is the wildlife highlight at that time of year.

The rooms were spacious, and comfortable and the food good..

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Expert Africa comments

You've summed this up perfectly! The summer rains this year have been exceptional. More rain fell between Dec 2016 and March 2017 than over all of the three previous rainy seasons combined: 2013/14, 2014/15, and 2015/16. So it's been a challenge to both the camps and the charter flight companies who have worked hard to make it as disruptive to their guests as possible. We're delighted to hear that you managed to get out to Baines' Baobabs and see some of the zebra migration - both really famous sights in their own right.

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