Nata is a small village in the north-east region of Botswana. Whether you are planning a weekend away or are transiting across Africa, Nata should be on every travellers must see list.
The Spanish would call this the place of cream as it directly translates. Thinking about it they would not be far off. For this is the playground for the true adventurer and explorer.
A place where donkeys still pull carts filled with drums of water to be transported to remote farms. Local shops stock only the basic of necessities and children run around pushing their wire cars with F1 spirit. Whether you are passing through, filling up your tank or staying for a night, there is so much more to Nata then what meets the eye.
To live like a local yet treat yourself to touches of luxury, you can’t go past a stay at Nata Lodge.
With a range of activities on offer here at Nata, you are sure to be spoilt for choice. Start your adventure with a game drive through the world’s largest salt pans, Makgadikgadi. If luck is on your side you can expect to spot elephant, zebra, jackal and giraffe. Even the odd lion or two are known to roam the pans freely. For bird lovers this is a particularly rewarding treat as the Makgadikgadi Pans are home to over 165 species of birds. For thrill seekers there is nothing more satisfying then feeling the wind in your hair as you race your way around the pans on the back of a quad bike.
For an authentic experience why not join a Nata village tour. Discover the local Setswana culture and their traditional way of living. If you’re feeling lazy relax by the pool with the drink of your choice!
During your stay at Nata Lodge be sure to track down one of the many friendly staff. They would be more then happy to assist you learning the local language, Setswana.
The chalet rooms are styled with luxury and comfort in mind. Using local materials, the chalets are built from wood forming a quant oasis away from home. Enjoy a bubble bath in a vintage style tub, take a romantic moon light shower under the stars or feel like a princess sleeping on the luxuriously large bed.
Those wanting to capture the essence of Africa by sleeping under the stars can also do so here. Happy campers are welcome to stay in the safe secure campsite where power and hot showers are provided. Really, what more could one ask for?
A short walk from the chalets is the bar and restaurant area. A wide selection of meals, mostly western, are sure to fill even the hungriest stomachs. For something a little more traditional don’t shy away from trying the local cuisine. Seswa and pap will change your life so be sure to take notes!
For those wanting to take a piece of Nata back home, there is an enticing curio shop located on site. Here you can find anything from locally made jewellery, wooden hippo to baby gifts.
Nata Lodge truly gives you a true feeling of what Africa feels, smell and looks like. This is where the the real Botswana begins!
Originally posted on Australian Abroad on the 5th of July 2015 by Nic Vos.