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Nxai Pan National Park



During the rainy season (December to April), the 15 mi² (40 km²) pan is covered by grassland while the surrounding environs of the 810 mi² (2100 km²) national park are dotted with baoba and acacia trees. This prompts the return of the majority of the Nxai’s wildlife, which include springbok (grouped into famously huge herds), cheetah, eland, gemsbok, greater kudu, southern giraffe, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, steenbok, brown and spotted hyena and lion.


The rest of the national park’s landscape is dotted with acacia and baobab trees. The latter were immortalized in Thomas Baines’ “The Sleeping Five” painting. It depicts a group of 5 baobabs growing very closely together, which seldom occurs.


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