A viewing platform/hide provides panoramic views of the pan and sunsets. The Nata Bird Sanctuary is part of the Makgadikgadi Pan’s Important Bird Area (IBA) and is of the premier birding destinations in Botswana. During the late 1980’s, the Nata Conservation Committee realised the need for a protected area in the Nata district, what with its delicate ecology and ornithologically valuable pan surfaces, grasslands and the Nata River Delta. The outcome is a community-based project managed by a board of Trustees with representatives from the surrounding communities of Sepako, Maposa, Mmanxotae and Nata. The villages benefit from the sanctuary’s surplus revenue which is used for capital development and for the inhabitants’ education in matters of conservation and eco-tourism.