Nata Lodge

Mainly used by self drives for access to the salt pans

Makgadikgadi - Nata
$144 - $157


Makgadikgadi - DRY Camp

Price Range (2018)

$144 - $157

Our Rating

Client Rating

Our Highlights

  • Easily approachable on a tar road.
  • Plenty of types of fixed accommodation to suite all budgets
  • Large camp-site
  • very close to Nata Bird Sanctuary and seasonal flamingos

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Nata is a town that sits at an intersection that takes you either to Maun, Kasane or Gaborone, and is mostly used by the passing traveller. There is little to do in the town other than the excellent Nata Bird Sanctuary close by, or perhaps you could use it as a stop over on the way to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.


In the town of Nata, this lodge is almost certainly the best place to stay. It is a very convivial place for a spot of relaxation on your journey with good levels of accommodation and a good restaurant, and its close access to the Bird Sanctuary is its real benefit. Its a great retreat in this dusty little town.

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Camp Detail

Camp Style

Main Lodge



How do I get there

Self Drive

Lodge Type

Main Lodge with 32 rooms and camp-site facility

Whats Included


  • Accommodation

Whats Not Included


  • Travel to and from the lodge
  • Private Vehicles
  • Personal Expenses
  • Premium Imported Drinks
  • Tips
  • Meals and drinks

Child Policy


Children of all ages accepted with conditions

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Land activities

Water activities

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Wildlife & Activities




Nata Lodge's wildlife opportunities are based in the Makgidikgadi Salt Pans via the Nata Bird Sanctuary





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.


When the sun sets and the birds retire to their nests, it's the turn of the large family of nocturnal bush babies to entertain you at their feeding table. Your evening meals can be enjoyed at the 'à la carte' restaurant.


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 springbok, as well as springhares, jackals and foxes. 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.

The Camp

Camp Overview


An oasis set among the Mokolwane palms on the edge of the pans. It is ideally situated close to the entrance to the Nata 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 Makgadikagidi 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.


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.

Lodge Layout


The main lodge structure is constructed of gumpole and thatch and is quiote traditional looking in an Africa bush camp way. A 50 seater indoor restaurant with open air patio extends the back. Continental and English breakfast with buffets served over busy periods.


Lunches consist of a patio/terrace menu with some of the old favourites and some new ones. Dinner menu's vary between a la carte and traditional African braais on busy occasions.


The bar area overlooks the swimming pool and offers a wide range of ice cold refreshments as well as cocktails. A curio shop offers African crafts, jewellery, reading material, maps and clothing.

Room Description


Nata Lodge offers 22 Wooden Thatched Chalets built on stilts with en-suite bathrooms including a bath and outdoor shower. All rooms are air-conditioned. Beds are a twin bed configuration. There are 10 Luxury safari tents with en-suite bathrooms and outdoor showers. Beds are a twin bed configuration 2 family rooms are available and they have a twin bed configuration and a bunk bed.


One of the chalets has also been built to accommodate not just the physically challenged but also those guests who require easier access to chalets, showers and toilets.


The camp-site is able to accommodate 150 campers and the lodge offers both ladies and gents ablution blocks with hot water showers and toilet facilities as well as central electrical points.

Camp Environment


The camp lies in the town of Nata and has close proximity the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and Nata Bird Sanctuary


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