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The Makgadikgadi Pans are a series of ancient salt pans in north-eastern Botswana, scattered between the desert sands of the Kalahari over an area of over 15 000 km2. It is a dry and isolated area of extreme, arid, beauty with land and skies that stretch to the ends of the earth.
Due to the arid nature of the climate, and the saltiness of the pans, fauna and flora are limited. This, in itself, is part of the reason for the stark beauty of this dry region.
In the salt pans themselves, which are dry for most of the year, a thin layer of blue-green algar grows. Surrounding the pans are muddy marshes and grass savannah. Dotted between them are the trees that are synonymous with Africa - Acacias, Baobabs and Mopane.
During the rains, huge herds of migratory animals pass through - wildebeest, zebra and many species of antelope - followed closely by predators - lion, cheetah and the brown hyena. When it's dry, a number of desert-adapted animals, like springbok, share the land with their desert counterparts - tortoises, lizards and snakes.
ABS includes this spectacular area in a number of our safaris. Whether you want to camp or stay in a lodge, we've got a suitable safari for you.
Ask your ABS Consultant to point you in the right direction.
Find out more with our Makgadikgadi Pans budget travel guide page.