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Makgadikgadi Pans

Botswana

Overview

Imagine an arid, lunar-like landscape, where meerkats dwell and Zu/’hoasi bushmen hunt. That’s Makgadikgadi: a dried-up lake which couldn’t be more of a contrast to the watery Delta.

Speaking of contrasts, during dry season (from April to October), the parched pans stretch as far as the eye can see. We recommend heading out on a quad bike to experience a spine-tingling sense of total isolation. Yet, during green season (from November to March), the landscape transforms into a lush oasis that’s the setting for a mini migration. Everyone’s heard of the big event in Kenya and Tanzania. But only seasoned safari-goers are aware of southern Africa’s migration of over 30,000 zebras, wildebeest – and their predators. 

Places to stay

  • Jack's Camp

    Makgadikgadi Pans

    Jack’s Camp has been in the family for three generations, ever since Jack Bousfield fell in love with the savage...

How

Fly from Johannesburg or Cape Town to Maun, then by light aircraft to the camp. The Makgadikgadi Pans can be easily combined with a safari in the Okavango Delta, 

When

The best time to travel here really depends on the experience you want. You can see the meerkats year round. If you want to travel on a 4 wheel drive quad bike across endless, dry, dusty pans, then you will need to visit during the dry season, generally mid April to October. From November to mid April, the desert is transformed into a watery grassland, attracting thousands of zebra and wildebeest.

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