Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, once a great lake, is now a desolate pan void of life. The size of Switzerland, the Makgadikgadi is one of the largest salt pans in the world and an area of diverse contrast. The Nxai Pan National Park lies north of the salt pans and forms part of the Makgadikgadi Region. For much of the year the area is dry and arid but following the rains the wildlife arrives; hundreds of thousands of flamingos, and the zebra and wildebeest migration is an impressive spectacle not to be missed.
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This area is an all year round destination for different reasons in the different seasons. In high season from May to October guest can enjoy the incredible Makgadikgadi Salt Pans which are not accessible during the rainy season. In the summer season November to March guest can enjoy the zebra and wildebeest migration. The most impressive times to view are at the beginning of the migration, usually November, when the herds move east from the Boteti towards the salt pans or catch the end of the migration as the herd returns to the Boteti in May, which usually marks the start of the dry season.
Activities to this part of the world are unique and are an absolute must for any traveller. Sleeping under the stars on the pans, cultural walks with the San people, follow the wildebeest and zebra migration, enjoy quad biking on the pans, day & night 4 X 4 game drives, visiting famous baobab trees including Baines not forgetting incredible horseback, mobile and birding safaris.
If Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Nata Bird Sanctuary, the Boleti River and Nxai Pan aren’t enough then we recommend a fly-in Botswana safari that will have you experiencing the varied landscapes. The Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Linyanti, Savuti Chanel, Selinda Spillway and Chobe are the obvious combinations that we would recommend.