Safari in Makgadikgadi Pans

The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana are the natural remnants of a once great lake that dried up approximately two thousand years ago and is now thought to be one of the largest salt pans in the world. Most notable of the sea cracked, salt encrusted pans are the Sowa, Ntwetwe and Naxi Pans of the Makgadikgadi.

The usually dry and harsh shallow pans come alive during the summer rains as they pans fill with water and attract a large number of flamingoes, pelicans and many other migratory birds. The presence of large herds of plains game in the pans attracts an impressive range of predators. The wide open lunar expanses of the pans are best explored on a guided quad bike safari and game drives where one revels in the feeling of escapism and isolated natural beauty.

Nxai Pan is one of the smaller pans and an area of extensive grasslands. This area is graced by a striking group of Baobab trees, also known as “Baines Baobab” after a painter named Baines did a painting of the in May 1800’s.

The Tsodilo Hills in North Western Botswana is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to the unique religious and spiritual significance to the local community and the San Bushman. This site is considered scared and contains more than 4,500 rock paintings dated approximately 10,000 years ago and depict life in the Kalahari Desert over many millennia. See Makgadikgadi Pans lodges in Botswana below.

Ancient Culture Encounter - Fly-in Classic Makgadikgadi Package

The Kalahari is a place of legend and is often misunderstood, but this Makgadikgad Cultural Safari Tour in Botswana offers the opportunity...more

Ancient Rivers and Pans - Classic Kalahari Safari Explorer Tour

This 5 day Classic Fly-in Kalahari Explorer package - Ancient Rivers and Pans explores 2 fascinating areas of the Kalahari Desert, showcasing the...more

Camp Kalahari

Camp Kalahari in Botswana offers visitors a truly authentic Kalahari Makgadikgadi Pans bush experience in elegant, understated style....more

Desert to Delta - Classic Fly-in Makgadikgadi Pans and Okavango Safari

On this 5 day Classic Fly-in Makgadikgadi Pans and Okavango Safari for Couples, experience the diversity of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana...more

Jacks Camp

Jack's Camp is situated in the Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana and provides guests with a unique Botswana safari experience....more

Leroo La Tau

Leroo La Tau is a Makgadikgadi Pans safari lodge, ideally situated on a cliff, overlooking the Makgadikgadi National Park in Botswana....more

Makgadikgadi Family Safari - Classic Fly-in Explorer Tour

This 4 day Classic Makgadikgadi Pans Family Safari tour provides the ideal getaway for a family wanting to experience Botswana together but at the same...more

Nata Lodge

Nata Lodge, also known as “Birdwatchers Paradise”, is situated on the main route that links a variety of tourist destinations, such as the Okavango Delta...more

Nxai Pan Camp

Nxai Pan Camp offers comfortable Nxai Pan National Park accommodation, facing a permanent waterhole which attracts local wildlife....more

Planet Baobab

Planet Baobab is a traditionally styled mud Kalanga and Bushmen grass hut village. Activities include tracking the elusive Elephant, visiting stone tool...more

Quadbike Adventures - Fly-in Classic Makgadikgadi Adventure Tour

Enjoy an amazing 6 Day Quadbike Adventure in Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana. Stay at Jack's Camp and Kubu Island where you can explore unique scenery...more

Salt Pans and Delta - Classic Fly-in Makgadikgadi and Okavango Wilderness Tour

This 5 day Salt Pans and Delta Classic Fly-in Makgadikgadi & Okavango Wilderness safari tour combines 2 of Botswana's legendary wilderness areas...more

San Camp

San Camp is the most authentic and classic Makgadikgadi Pans safari lodge, billowing white tents are shaded by desert palms, surrounded by miles of shimmering salt pans....more

Sound of Silence - Classic Makgadikgadi Fly-in Safari Package

Experience a Botswana safari unlike any other on this 3 day Classic Makgadikgadi Fly-in safari package where silence and space are your companions and an...more
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