Botswana is famed as the home of some of Africa’s most beautiful reserves and exceptional wildlife. Fans of stark and dramatic landscapes are particularly captivated by the country’s majestic Kalahari Desert, with its iconic Makgadikgadi Salt Pans as a central attraction.
To the southeast of Botswana’s Okavango Delta and surrounded by the Kalahari, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park spans 16 000 km² of stretching savannah, comprising one of the largest salt flats in the world. It’s all that remains of the once vast Lake Makgadikgadi, which evaporated over 2 000 years ago.
The breathtaking panorama of white sand and salt transforms into a vital habitat for migrating animals (including wildebeest, gemsbok, springbok, zebra and the lions, cheetahs and hyenas that prey on them) after the rains. The migratory birdlife is similarly impressive, with the area playing host to one of only two breeding populations of Greater Flamingos in Southern Africa.
Aside from the impressive seasonal game viewing, the area is characterised by magical isolation, pristine silence and a night sky covered in a spectacular display of stars.