Why Makgadikgadi Pans?
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Makgadikgadi Pans

Makgadikgadi Pans

Botswana

What We Love
  1. Home to the 2nd largest zebra migration in the world
  2. Largest collection of salt flats in the world
  3. Magical meerkat encounters
  4. Excellent game viewing in the wet season
  5. See the flamingos & pelicans in summer
  6. Game drives, bush walks & bird watching

Why Makgadikgadi Pans?

Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans, remnants of an ancient lake, are considered the largest collection of salt flats in the world.

Experience A large part of the year, they are dry & covered in algae while the unpredictable rain of the wet season transforms the flats into a lush, oasis – an inviting haven to thirsty animals migrating from the surrounding Kalahari Desert.

During the rainy season, the Makgadikgadi Pans is home to the second-largest zebra migration in the world. Water fills the pans & the salt pans start attracting thousands of zebras & wildebeest passing through – a wonderful sight to behold.

The area is also famous for its amazing meerkat encounters – the only place in Botswana where guests can enjoy interactions with one of the resident meerkat colonies.

Activities Visitors to the Makgadikgadi will have their pick from a wide selection of exciting safari activities. A favourite remains close-up encounters & interactions with meerkats.

Open 4x4 game drives & guided nature walks with San Bushmen are also offered. Guests will learn more about their ancient culture, survival techniques & historic way of life. Many lodges also offer romantic sleep-outs under the stars & exciting night drives. Looking for nocturnal animals with a spotlight is quite an adventure!

Frequent wildlife sightings of zebra, wildebeest, oryx, kudu & springbok can be expected while aardwolf, bat-eared fox & striped polecat can also be seen.

When To Travel The Makgadikgadi Pans has 3 distinct safari seasons. The best time to travel to the pans – unlike the rest of Botswana - is during the wet months between December to March. The rain transforms the flats into a lush oasis, therefore attracting a variety of wildlife.

Shoulder season, which is from April to June & November, is also a good time to travel as wildlife viewing is still good, but rates are less expensive than during the wetter months.

Low season in the Makgadikgadi Pans is between the dryer months of July to October – while the rest of Botswana is experiencing high season. Temperatures are higher during this time.

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