Makgadikgadi Salt Pans & Kalahari

Get out to Makgadikgadi or Nxai salt pans and the northern part of the Kalahari Desert for stunning scenery and walking with the ancient and wizened Bushmen.

When the rains arrive at the beginning of the wet season (November to mid-April), the landscape is transformed. Water gathers on the saltpan, algae bloom, crustaceans breed, and clouds of flamingo descend to feed on them. Then herds of zebra and wildebeest materialise, drawn by the lush grass, and for several months, the desert is teeming with game and predators. In the Dry Season (mid- April to October) when the waters dry up, the birds and animals migrate and the extraordinary ecosystem of the Makgadikgadi becomes the main attraction. It is during this season that you can experience the vast Makgadikgadi Salt Pans on quad bikes. Fat tyres skim over the surfaces where heavier vehicles would sink. The fact that you can travel across the pans at great speed and still arrive nowhere only underlines the pans immensity.

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Why we like it

  • Surreal landscapes
  • Unique salt pan experience
  • Meerkats & San Bushmen
  • Kalahari blackmaned lions
  • Fabulous destination year round
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