The Makgadigadi Pans

One of the few remaining remnants of the once great, ancient Central Botswana Lake, the Makgadigadi Salt Pans are the most well-known of the Kalahari Salt Pans, and one of the largest in the world. For much of the year the pans resemble another planet with the dry, salty clay seemingly devoid of life, but the annual rains transform the pans into areas of lush grass and water that attract a variety of exciting bird and animal life.
Consisting of four main vegetation types – namely the saltpans, scrubland, grassland and riverine woodland – the animals are concentrated along the Boteti River in the harsh dry months when food is scare. During the rains between February and April however, Makgadigadi witnesses a majestic migration of Wildebeest and one of the largest populations of zebra in the world. This migration of course brings the predators too, and game viewing is plentiful during this extraordinary time.

For the traveller looking to experience something unique and exotic, the Makgadigadi Salt Pans are perfect for you. The isolation of the desert provides the perfect space for quiet reflection, with spectacular sunsets and a sky full of stars. The quiet of the pans is great for bird watching too, especially during the summer months when the shallow lakes are teeming with pelicans, cranes and the famous pink flamingos.

Enjoy 4×4 drives with expert guides or try your hand at some quad biking at Jacks Camp to experience the wildlife close up. Explore the seven famous baobab trees called Baines Baobabs – a photographer’s dream – then end the day sipping on sundowners overlooking the pan as the animals come for their evening drink. The Makgadigadi Pans are truly Africa at it’s most untouched.

 

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Jack’s Camp

Jack’s Camp

Named after legendary explorer Jack Bousfield, Jacks Camp in the Makgadikgadi Pans of the Kalahari Desert has been called “a camp like no other in Africa”, and offers guests stark, African beauty in a truly remote location. Luxury goes hand-in-hand with welcoming hospitality, and staff go over and above the call of duty to provide a comfortable, memorable experience for their guests. A true oasis in the desert, accommodation is in ornate, elegant tents, which only add to the exclusive African adventure. Reminiscent of a bygone-era, a pool and deck in an open-sided tent offer a tranquil area for relaxation.

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San Camp

San Camp

The idyllic and intimate San Camp is situated on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Standing beneath the desert palms that are scattered around the pan, the white-tented camp is a secluded haven of simple charm. Overlooking the dramatic Kalahari Desert, six spacious tents are spaced a considerable distance from one another, offering guests optimal privacy and quiet relaxation. Designed to place minimal impact on the environment, they afford a uniquely African experience – one where the outdoors and indoors have become one. Guests are greeted by endless skies at sunrise and a heaven of limitless stars at night.

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Planet Baobab

Planet Baobab

If you are looking for a lodge in Botswana that is breathtakingly original in its approach and décor, then look no further than Planet Baobab!  This quirky, playful lodge is situated on the edge of the Ntetwe Pan, off the Maun-Francistown road to Gweta Town.  It does not get more authentic that this – the lodge is made up of huts that are built in the traditional fashion and reflects the original methods used by the earliest residents of the expansive Makgadigadi Pans.  Huts are made of mud or grass and other natural materials, and decorated in colourful traditional Bushmen fashion!

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Leroo La Tau Bush Lodge

Leroo La Tau Bush Lodge

Le Roo la Tau offers visitors to the Makgadikgadi National Park an absolute African experience. Spacious, comfortable chalets, all with en-suite bathrooms and ceiling fans, overlook the dry riverbed of the Botetsi River and offer panoramic views of the African landscape in a luxurious setting. Raised on wooden platforms, the chalets are a true retreat, providing guests with a quiet sanctuary with only the sounds and sights of African wildlife to break their reverie. Efficient and caring staff pride themselves on providing traditional African hospitality and friendly service, adding personal touches wherever they can to enhance their visitor’s bush experience.

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Nxai Pan Camp

Nxai Pan Camp

If you are organising an African safari and you want to stay in eco-lodge luxury, then Nxai Pan Camp is the place for you.  This camp is located at the edge of the Makgadigadi pans in the Nxai Pan National Park in Botswana, and provides plush accommodation that is juxtaposed by the dry desert environment which surrounds it.  The lodge skirts the edge of a watering hole which is very well frequented, and here you will have the luxury of encountering a large variety of game from within the luxury of Nxai Pan Lodge.  A truly memorable experience to enjoy!

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Meno a Kwena Tented Camp

Meno a Kwena Tented Camp

Meno a Kwena is in a beautiful riverine location halfway between the watery Okavango Delta and the dry desert like Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Meno A Kwena It is quite a unique camp in that it successfully blends a traditional safari theme with local African culture within a spectacular landscape. From this lovely little camp, guests can experience the famous Kalahari as well as the open plains and desert wildlife of the Makgadigadi Pans National Park.

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