Makgadikgadi Pans

Makgadikgadi Pans - Botswana

Once a massive inland lake, the Makgadikgadi Pans are now a dry salt pan, devoid of obvious life - until the rainy season that is, when the pans come alive with water birds and large herds of game.

Among the most interesting attractions is Kubu Island, quiet and eerily beautiful, with aged baobab trees and rock formations that stand out starkly against the glaringly white surrounds.

Both wet and dry season hold a special appeal in the Makgadikgadi. The winter displays the pans at their height of their unique aesthetics; stark and desolately beautiful. With the summer rains come flocks of flamingo, pelicans, geese, ducks and a host of smaller water birds, along with large herds of zebra, wildebeest and smaller antelope, in search of grazing land as part of the last Southern African migration.

Gweta and Nata are the best bases from which to explore the Makgadikgadi; and its sister, the Nxai Pan. Together the two make up the largest salt pan area in the world.

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