Makgadikgadi Pans


  • An place of extremes – from a lush watery expanse in summer to a golden wilderness in winter
  • Witness southern Africa’s largest zebra and wildebeest migration
  • Excellent birding with flocks of flamingos in their thousands
  • Visit remote archaeological sites, walk with Bushmen trackers and meet some friendly meerkats


Measuring almost 100 feet deep, over an area of 30,888 square miles, Lake Makgadikgadi, was once one of the world’s super lakes. Formed millions of years ago, this covered the Kalahari before drying up and creating what is now part of one of the world’s largest salt pans – and one of Africa’s most unusual travel experiences.

This landscape here changes dramatically with the seasons. With the summer rains (November to April), the pans are transformed creating shallow lakes which attract thousands flamingos and extraordinary birdlife. Down on the western boundary, the game rich Boteti River area sees the migration of thousands of zebra and wildebeest, and the predators who hunt them – second only the great migration in the Serengeti.

During winter (May to October), the pans dry out again and the famous black-maned Kalahari lion stalks this empty expanse for prey. With the change in landscape, activities turn from traditional game viewing to 4WD quad bikes expeditions onto the lunar-like pans, Bushmen walks, horse riding and meerkat visits.

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