Nata Lodge Botswana

Why Botswana’s seasoned safari-goer loves Nata Lodge

“Vast, picturesque and breathtaking perfectly describes the Makgadikgadi Pans”, Uyapo Ketogetswe wrote after his first look at them from the Nata Bird Sanctuary. This Gaborone local loves travelling Botswana, neighbouring Namibia and the vast continent beyond with visits to Mozambique, Benin and South Africa under his belt. Here’s what this visual artist and travel curator of travel company Passport To loved about Nata.

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What was the most surprising aspect of Nata Lodge and the Bird Sanctuary?

I found Nata Lodge’s location to be equal parts convenient and easily accessible for all vehicles. Located along the A3 highway, the property is nestled among real fan palm trees which muffle any sounds of motorists.

Photograph by Uyapo Ketogetswe

The picturesque landscapes of Nata Bird Sanctuary make for a scenic off-road drive.

Take in the surroundings and you might see flamingos, pelicans, wildebeest, and more. The lookout point offers magnificent views of the vast salt pans where a beautiful sunrise or sunset over the horizon should not be missed.

Nata Bird Sanctuary Sunset
Photograph by Melanie van Zyl


What did you like most about the rooms at Nata Lodge?

Bath at Nata Lodge
Photograph by Uyapo Ketogetswe

The luxury chalets at Nata Lodge were surprisingly big, yet cosy. The welcoming clawfoot tub will have you soaking away the day while the generously large king-sized bed was the perfect place to put my feet up and head down as the air conditioner cools the wood-clad room.


What’s your number one must-do activity in Nata?

Sundowner Trip to Nata
Photograph by Melanie van Zyl

Sundowners at Nata Bird Sanctuary. Grab your favourite drink and prepare to be wowed.

Anything you wish you knew before travelling to Nata and north? One thing you’d tell your best friend?

Nata Sowa Pan Makgadikgadi
Photograph by Melanie van Zyl

Have your phone/camera fully charged or bring a portable power bank. You’ll find it pretty hard to put down your gadgets as you snap away.


As a local, why would you say travellers should visit your Botswana?

There are several reasons Botswana’s tourism offering is loved by the world and why so many travellers return for more trips. Botswana makes for the ultimate safari getaway that’s packed with adventure.

Nata Bird Sanctuary Self Drive
Photograph by Melanie van Zyl

Whether on a self-drive or guided tour, you’re bound to rustle up some magical moments that are guaranteed to impress.

Travel tip: Sit back and relax on a guide sundowner trip to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans with Nata Lodge for P175 per person. 


Anything else you’d want to share?

Uyapo Ketogetswe
Photograph by Uyapo Ketogetswe

Disconnect from the world and take your time as you discover what Botswana has to offer.


How much is it to stay at Nata Lodge?

Accommodation in the luxury chalets where Uyapo stayed costs from BWP799 per room.

Chalets in Nata Affordable
Photograph by Uyapo Ketogetswe

To make a reservation at Nata Lodge call +2676250336 or mail