Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pan

Located in central Botswana, the Makgadikgadi Pans cover around ​​16,000, making it the largest salt depression on the planet. Once a prehistoric lake in the Kalahari sand basin, tectonic movements deviated the course of its main tributaries and the lake dried up.

The series of pans, Sowa, Ntwetwe and Nxai are surrounded by a myriad of smaller pans and interspersed between are; sand dunes, rocky islands, massive baobab trees, peninsulas and desert terrain.
The salt pan ecosystem looks at first to be void of life, but looking closer you will discover great numbers of zebra, wildebeest, gemsbok (oryx) and springbok, as well as good populations of giraffes and elephants with predators including lion, cheetah and the elusive brown hyena.

The best time to visit the Makgadikgadi Pans depends on your preference in activities.
Quad biking and salt pan sleepouts take place in the dry season (May/June – October/November) whereas in the wet season (December – April), you will find zebras and wildebeest in their thousands who travel from as far as Savute, to feed on the nutritious spiky grass of the Kalahari, in one of the biggest annual migrations on the continent.

View Lodging Options Here