With such an array of plains game, including wildebeest, gemsbok, giraffe and elephants, there is also the draw of the predators. Nxai stands alongside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve as being one of the best places in Botswana to see cheetah. Drawn by the huge herds of springbok, these athletic predators ensure only the fittest and strongest of the springbok and impala survive in this corner of the Kalahari. But just on their heels are the ever-present lions, leopards, spotted hyenas and jackals.
In recent years, there have been a few sightings of wild dog and rhino in the area, however, one is more likely to have the pleasure of seeing the quirky bat-eared fox, persistent honey badger, inquisitive brown hyena, and perched on many trees in the area, the common pale-chanting goshawk. Nxai Pans National Park is a great birder’s retreat, offering many desert species often seen in very few other places. From seasonally migratory eagles through to several species of resident kestrel, it is a great place to tick off many new birds.