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A journey to the mysterious land- Makgadikgadi Pansindeed is a spectacle for every traveler. Once a vast lake makgadikgadi has now been turned into a series of dry salt pans. It is situated in the Kalahari basin and considered to have some of the largest saltpans in the world. Though the cracked land of Makgadikgadi doesn’t seem to support life, it can rejuvenate life after good rains, this deserted landscape converts into grassy and attracts thousands of animals and birds. Journeying into this magical land will let you experience sleeping under a starry sky and enjoying the silent atmosphere.
Location: North Botswana
Nearest International Airport: Maun
How to reach: By road or chartered flight from Maun
Famous for: Largest salt pan landscape, Longest mammal migration
Best time to visit: Jan to Dec
The Makgadikgadi Pans wildlife includes zebras, wildebeests, elephants, cheetahs, lions, aardwolf, bat-eared fox and striped polecat, and also birds including pelican and flamingo. The highlight of the place is Meerkats galore. The place is also home to many Baobab trees.
The Makgadikgadi Pans are the world’s biggest salt pan landscape. It crosses an area of over 30,000 km². You can witness the landscape of the gleaming white salt pans during the dry season. The Pans are very fresh in the evenings and in the early mornings. The variations in temperature are noticeable in the dry season as there is a lack of cloud to cover and a lot of heat is lost from the ground but this leads to the projection of stars which is a sight of beauty. The famous baobab trees can be seen near the Makgadikgadi National Park. The Baobab tree is called the tree of life because it stores life-saving water in its trunk and branches. This is of immense value, as the tree grows in arid regions.
The Makgadikgadi Pans are where the second-largest migration of so many animals takes place in Africa. The migrating fauna includes herds of flamingo, Burchell's zebra (the national animal of Botswana), blue wildebeest, oryx, eland, and red hartebeest. There are good numbers of predators seen in the land such as spotted hyena and brown hyena. Leopards and lions are quite common in the riverine forest. Some predators sneak around the borders of the pan and can be found at dusk. They are aardwolf, bat-eared fox, and striped polecat. The highlight of the region is Meerkats galore. They are exclusively seen in such arid areas.
Camp Kalahari is near the Makgadikgadi salt pans in Botswana. The camp provides accommodation of 10 luxury tents, 7 twins, 2 doubles and 1 family tent. Each tent in the camp has a king Kalahari size bed, outdoor bathroom, and a flush toilet. Camp Kalahari is adorned with local crafts and furniture. Jack’s Camp Botswana is located in the middle of Botswana’s the Kalahari Desert. The camp offers spectacular vistas, creative surprises, expert guiding, old-world safari styling, and superb cuisine. Jack's Camp has seven double and triple tents with bathrooms featuring indoor and outdoor showers. Sans Camp in Botswana is near to the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. San Camp's other branches are Jack's Camp and Camp Kalahari. This camp provides 6 tented rooms which are spacious and comfortable. Each room has an en suite bathroom with a flushing toilet and bucket shower. The camp is decorated with traditional and simple lighting using old spirit lamps.