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Makgadikgadi Pans are an unusual natural phenomenon that is of exceptional natural history. Spread across Botswana’s semi-arid Kalahari Desert, pans offer rare sightings and experiences that are unique to this place only.
The Makgadikgadi Pans are located in the northeast of Central Kalahari Reserve in Botswana. The present-day Makgadikgadi is not a single pan. They are actually several salt pans within the open grasslands that make up the entire habitat.
These salt flats are the perfect place for adventure Safaris during Botswana Wildlife Holidays with an extraordinary wilderness experience. So, why not check off a visit to the largest salt pans on planet Earth?
Before that, let’s look at some fascinating features of the mesmerizing desert destination.
Learning about the history of Makgadikgadi Pans explains why they are so silent and immensely beautiful.
This creates beautiful white landscapes of flat salt pans.
Although you can visit, Makgadikgadi Pans throughout the year. But the best time to visit the Kalahari and Botswana Wildlife Safari is between November and April. This is the time when the Pans attract wildlife. The tourists are going to welcome the Largest African animal migration if they visit at this time.
Let’s summarize the main attractions that Makgadikgadi Pans have to offer over different seasons of the year.
|Time of the Year/ Season||Main attractions for tourists|
|November to March – Wet Summer season||Rains fill the salt pans which turn them into shallow lakes. This attracts zebra, springbok, and wildebeest. The best time for bird watching as migratory birds is present and breeding.A layer of blue-green algae grows in the pans. Several big flocks of flamingos come to feed upon it.|
|June to December – Dry Winter season||Best wildlife viewing moths near the river area. Wildebeest and herds of Zebra migrate toward the Boteti River for water. If you want to access the stretches of white salt Pans, then this is the best time. You can drive on the Pans during this time.Desert-adapted wildlife and Meerkats are also spotted.|
Makgadikgadi Pans is where dry plains and wide open skies stretch till the end of the world. You will encounter the African wilderness at its best. The vast desolate places provide a beautiful atmosphere and give you a never felt experience of a lifetime.
The trees that are present in the pans are Africa Acacias and enormous Baobab. Both these trees are a photographer’s delight.
Two passing rivers namely Boteti River and Nata River fill the Pans. During the rainfall season, several birds and animals come and flock on it, allowing us to see several birds and animals.
Here are a few Highlights Of Makgadikgadi Pans that make it an attractive destination for tourists.
There are great chances that you will spot these animals which are exclusive to Makgadikgadi Pans while you are on for a night drive.
This is a highlight for many visitors and can be one of theBest Wildlife Safari In Botswana Experiences that you will take along.
So, don’t miss a chance to meet one of the most sociable and resourceful desert-adapted creatures.
Imagine sleeping under the night sky in cozy bedding and watching the ceiling of stars above against the pitch-black sky! Nothing comes close to this surreal experience. Also, visitors can spot shooting and falling stars and any passing satellite that passes occasionally.
You get an insight into the ancient customs and culture of one of the oldest communities on Earth.
There are some amazing safari rides available for adventurous travelers out there.
The shimmering white landscape of Makgadikgadi Pans is beautifully remote. Those who choose the salt pans are rewarded with fantastic experiences all throughout the year.
We would recommend our readers to come and visit Makgadikgadi Pans while coming for Botswana Wildlife Safari Tours. If you are coming for Botswana Wildlife Tours, do consider coming to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve area.
Explore the never seen African wilderness by walking with Kalahari Bushmen and going on adrenaline-inducing activities like quad biking.
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