The small village of Nata lies at the crossroads for routes north, west and south, providing an important refueling and overnight stop to travellers on the tar road from Kasane, Maun and Francistown.
Nata is 190 km from Francistown and 300 km from both Kasane and Maun. It is principally a cattle-farming area but you should allow several days to explore this fascinating area. The nearby Nata Bird Sanctuary is a community project and a must to visit - 165 bird species including flamingos and pelicans are common. Sowa Pan with its unique beauty and beaches of rolled quartz pebbles also offers good birding opportunities. Sowa Spit - Botswana's soda ash industry mines on part of the pan. Eastern Ntwetwe Pan with its fascinating landscapes and beautiful sunsets is also worth visiting.
Travel to the pans is by four-wheel drive vehicles only.