Africa Tours and Safaris
MAKGADIKGADI NATIONAL PARK

The park has one of the world's largest salt pans, the great Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve implies a vast open lifeless land, devoid of human habitation. Once an ancient great lake in central Botswana and now a dried up lunar expanse, the Makgadikgadi Pans fill with water just once a year when the rains fall, attracting a plethora of game and birdlife to this region of Botswana. Ancient lakeshore terraces reveal that the water depth fluctuated by as much as 33 metres and, at its greatest extent, the lake covered an area of 60,000 sq km. During the day, the dusty Makgadikgadi, with whirlwinds skirting across a seemingly endless desert, offer the best way to come face to face with true isolation. However, villages on the periphery and in between the pans are evidence that the area has supported people as far back as the Stone Age.

The Makgadikgadi Pans represent a haunting and fascinating environment whose thrifty nature is a perfect contrast to the life that erupts out of every corner of the Okavango Delta. The pans, which are situated in the south, east and northeastern areas of the park, fill with water during the rains from mid-November and mostly retain their water into April or May. The "thirstlands" are then transformed into great sheets of water, which attract a spectacular array of waterbirds and trigger dramatic migrations of wildebeest and zebra. It is unfortunate that this huge water spectacle becomes practically inaccessible by road at this time, but anyone fortunate enough to fly over the area during the wet season sees a water wonderland of incredible scenic beauty. Makgadikgadi wildlife includes; black-manned Kalahari lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah, springbok, gemsbok, herds of wildebeest and zebra, brown and spotted hyena, and eland and other antelopes.

Accommodation
1. Jack’s Camp is positioned at the Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari region of central Botswana and by air/road, one can access the camp.

2. San Camp is situated in the Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari region of central Botswana and by air or road, you can acess the place.

3. Leroo La Tau is located in the Makgadikgadi National Park and you can reach there by Fly-in or road transfers.

4. Camp Kalahari is an affordable and excellent camp with six thatched tents shaded under acacias and Mokolwane palms, near the Makgadikgadi Pans.

5. Planet Baobab is one of the most interesting and unique spots in Makgadikgadi. Planet Baobab is a great stopover point on any trip to the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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