Eselbe Camp Backpackers
Nata River @ Eselbe Camp
Makgadikgadi Salt Pan
Flamingos, Nata Bird Sanctuary
Stunning Sunset, Nata Bird Sanctuary
Elephant along the road
ENJOY OUR ACTIVITIES
IN THE CAMP & SURROUNDING AREAS
TRIP TO THE SALT PANS
The Makgadikgadi Salt Pan is one of the largest salt pans in the world. The pans are a salty desert whose only plant life is a thin layer of blue-green algae. Very little wildlife lives here during the harsh dry season of strong hot winds and only salt water, but following a rain, the pan becomes an important habitat for animals including wildebeest and one of Africa’s biggest zebra populations, and the large predators that prey on them.
The Nata Bird Sanctuary is a closed topographic depression which lays within the Makgadikgadi region. In the rainy season the Nata Bird Sanctuary becomes a paradise for water-loving birds such as flamingos, pelicans, ducks and geese, cranes and eagles.
When the Nata River flows into the pan, the area becomes a must-see destination in Botswana: Thousands of flamingos and pelicans gather in the sanctuary which is known to be their breeding ground.
Grassland birds like ostriches and secretary birds are frequent visitors in the sanctuary. Overall, you can find more than 150 different bird species in the pans.
On top of that, the pans offer amazing views and stunning sunsets.
We are happy to assist you with your trip to the sanctuary as we personally love this incredible piece of nature. As we like to say: “The pans always deliver!”
CANOEING ON NATA RIVER
Grab a paddle and explore the area by canoe!
We are directly located at the banks of Nata River, providing you with the opportunity to spot and get very close to amazing birdlife. The best time for this is in the rainy season, but it’s also possible in the drier months.
If canoeing through Nata town, past a pod of hippos to view flamingos and pelicans in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans sounds like your kind of adventure, you should make sure to be around at the end of the rainy season. When the river is full and flows into the pans, we organize trips for up to 14 people to enjoy the beautiful nature.
We have 7 canoes, offering seats for 14 people. Lifejackets and paddles provided. For our guests the use of the canoes is included in our rates. Excursions can be arranged at an extra cost.
Botswana is a paradise for spotting wildlife. In the area there are excellent opportunities to see wild animals in their natural environment.
Whether you drive in from Kasane or Maun, watch out for ostriches, giraffes, baboons and elephants. Here in Botswana, elephant time is all the time!
The banks of the Nata River provide excellent opportunities for birdwatching. You can either go for a scenic walk on the river bank or observe the many birds directly in the Camp, the variety of birds is just amazing.
Spot, photograph and learn about the many birds living in Botswana.