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MAKGADIKGADI PANS

INTRODUCTION

These shimmering salt pans along with the Nxai Pans are believed to be the largest in the world. Dried up centuries ago due to the continuous shifting of the earth's crust, they are now one of the most important wetland areas in Botswana during the rainy season - when they transform and come alive into beautiful grass-plains - as they attract many species of migratory birds and large herds of animals. Antelope are the most common type of wildlife in this area, and in the wet season they can be spotted by the thousands as they converge to the precious sparkling water.

ATTRACTIONS

  • The Makgadikgadi and Nxai Salt Pans are the largest in the world and it is fascinating to see them change with the changing of the seasons - from dry, white shimmering landscapes to lush green grass-plains with an abundance of water and wildlife. 

  • Along the Nxai Pans you will find the "Baines Baobabs", who stand immortal and majestic for centuries amidst the short grass. 

  • In the area there are also a few historical bushman sites where you can learn more about their ancient lifestyle. 

  • The two great pans operate as one National Park covering grass-plains, open pans and savannah. The wildlife is impressive but not as dense as Chobe or Moremi, during the wet season, this area is sought out by great herds of antelope and migratory birds such as flamingos.

ACTIVITIES

  • Game Viewing & Bird Watching: Game viewing in this area during the wet season is at its best and a bird watchers paradise. Experience the sight of large herds of antelope converge on the great lakes to drink and play. And the large flocks of migrant flamingoes is a sight not to be missed. 

  • Historic Trails: Bushmen trackers will take you on guided walks to historical sites and teach you about the connection between their ancient culture and the natural environment. 

  • 4 Wheel Drive Excursions: Venture into the more remote sites in the impenetrable salt pans on 4WD bikes to explore this fascinating piece of land.