Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana

The Makgadikgadi Pans are the largest salt pans in the world. Surrounded by the Kalahari Desert, it is an area of low rainfall, however, features its own unique ecosystem which attracts a large variety of both animal and birdlife. The wildlife have especially adapted to this arid environment, food, and water more of a challenge than other areas. Some resilient animals include springbok, red hartebeest, zebra, bat eared-fox, cheetah, black-maned lions, and meerkats.

Each year, there is a zebra migration between the Okavango Delta and the Makgadikgadi Pans. The animals are in search of fresh grazing as well as being drawn to the higher mineral content in the grass near the salt pans. At a total of 600km, this migratory route is one of the longest recorded mammal migrations in Africa – an incredible safari spectacle.

In the summer months and during the rainy season, from December to April, many species of birds flock to the pans. Birders arrive to witness the flamingos during mating season, the pans being one of the most important breeding sites in the world. Hundreds of thousands of iridescent flamingos descend to breed, they journey from as far as the Great Rift Valley, partaking in one of Africa’s largest avian gatherings.

Its remote location and absolute isolation gives you the feeling of becoming one with the wilderness – no obstacles or distractions from nature.

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