Makgadikgadi Pans - Nata, Botswana
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- MAKGADIKGADI PANS, NATA, BOTSWANA
Nata Lodge is an oasis set among the Mokolwane palms on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana. It is ideally situated close to the entrance to the Nata Bird Sanctuary and is just off the main road, 10 km from Nata village. This is the junction to the Okavango, Chobe and Francistown areas.
This area incorporates a multitude of salt pans and vast grass plains dotted by palm islands and forms the Great Makgadikgadi, which comprise the largest area of salt pans in the world, covering some 37,000 sq km in overall extent. It is the last vestiges of Africa’s largest inland sea and exudes an atmosphere of antiquity and mystery.
Nata Lodge is owned by Chobe Fish Eagle (“Under One Botswana Sky” – Chobe Safari Lodge, Gunn’s Camp, Moremi Crossing , PomPom Camp).
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Nata Lodge offers 20 thatched chalets plus 2 family thatched chalets - all built on stilts and set in a rustic African style, with en-suite bathrooms including indoor bath, outdoor shower and air-conditioning. The Lodge also offers tented accommodatiom consisting of 10 custom-designed meru tents set on wooden decks with en-suite bathroom and outdoor showers. All rooms and tents are of twin bed configuration.
All chalets have custom designed ceiling fans and in room safes. Of the 20 chalets, 8 chalets are set on a raised platform that overlooks the old Didibakwe river and are built on the northern boundary of the lodge under the dappled shade of the Ilala Palm trees. Of these 8 chalets there are 2 Luxury Chalets on offer. These boast majestic outdoor showers and ball-and-claw baths. The other 12 chalets are A-framed stone-and-thatch chalets set on the southern boundary of the lodge. These unique chalets have semi open bathrooms and stoned verandas.
One chalet has been built to accommodate not only the physically challenged, but also those guests who require easier access to the shower and toilet.
Family Thatched Chalets
There are an additional 2 family chalets which accommodate up to 4 guests (2 twin beds and 1 bunk bed).
There are 10 luxury safari tents built on raised wooden platforms and nestled under the property's many Marula trees. These unique tents feature en-suite bathrooms with an outdoor shower and all the amenities offered in the lodge’s chalets.
The campsite surroundings offer peace and tranquillity with the backdrop being that of the Botswana night sky. The lodge’s campsite is able to accommodate 150 guests and the ablution areas are stylish, with semi-open showers offering hot and cold water for that true African feeling. The campsite does not have electricity points.
The Nata Lodge restaurant is a 50-seat indoor restaurant with open air patio. Continental and English breakfast with buffets are served over busy periods. Lunches consist of a patio/terrace menu with some of the old favorites and some new ones. Dinner menu's vary between a-la-carte and traditional African buffets / braai’s on busy occasions.
The bar area overlooks the crystal blue swimming pool and offers a wide range of ice cold refreshments.
The Curio shop offers African crafts, jewellery, reading material, maps and clothing.
Activities on offer include quad biking around the dusty tracks of the pans and surrounding areas and exploring the Nata Bird Sanctuary in open 4x4 safari vehicles. The shady tree canopy surrounding the lodge is a hive of activity, with a bird feeding area and active water feature providing the bird watcher with the opportunity of viewing a variety of species from the comfort of either the pool deck, open bar or restaurant. The Helmeted Guineafowl, Crested Francolin, Yellow Hornbill, Pied and Arrowmarked Babblers, Glossy Starling, Meyers Parrot and Paradise Whydah are just some of the species you will encounter during your stay at the lodge.
The lodge's guides will take you around the dusty plains and grasslands surrounding the lodge - the perfect terrain for these fun-filled vehicles.
Nata Bird Sanctuary
For keen bird watchers and naturalists, Nata Lodge offers open-vehicle, three-hour excursions into the Nata Sanctuary. Mammal species in the sanctuary include antelope such as kudu and springbok, as well as springhares, jackals, foxes and monkeys. However the main attraction is the abundance of bird life. Around 165 bird species, including king-fishers, eagles, ostriches, pelicans, spoonbills and both greater and lesser flamingos, have been recorded.
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
This area incorporates a multitude of salt pans and vast grass plains dotted by palm islands and forms the Great Makgadikagidi which comprise the largest area of salt pans in the world covering some 37 000 sq km in overall extent. They are the last vestiges of Africa’s largest inland sea and exudes an atmosphere of antiquity and mystery.
The Nata river delta feeds the Sua Pan in the Nata sanctuary and forms the breeding ground for a host of water birds, including pelicans and flamingo in their thousands, transforming the shore line into a pink haze blending into the western sky. Nata Lodge offers guided tours in open safari vehicles into the sanctuary,... not to be missed.
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