Magadikgadi Pans

Magadikgadi Pans, photo by ed glickman
Magadikgadi Pans (photo by ed glickman)
 

The Makgadikgadi Pans are located in northeastern Botswana.

They are the largest salt pans in the world (greater in size than the country of Switzerland), and the surrounding parkland also protects large tracts of palm forests, grasslands and savannas.

The Makgadikgadi Pans are known as a vast wildlife refuge. During the wet season 35-75,000 zebra and wildebeest migrate into the area with regular sightings of lion, cheetah and other predators who follow in their wake.

Hundreds of thousands of flamingo also appear as long as the water lasts.

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OkavangoRoadside Guesthouse

OkavangoRoadside Guesthouse

OkavangoRoadside Guesthouse offers accommodation in Maun. The guest house has an outdoor pool and views of the pool, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

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Gweta Lodge

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Located in the quiet village of Gweta, Gweta Lodge features an outdoor swimming pool, an on-site restaurant and bar, and a sun terrace. The accommodations consist of uniquely decorated huts built in a traditional African style with thatched roofs. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

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Meno A Kwena Tented Camp

Meno A Kwena Tented Camp

Experience an authentic and unique safari experience at Meno A Kwena Tented Camp. It is ideally located in Ngwala, making it possible for guests to enjoy safaris to Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans National Parks. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

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Natural
Unusual Local Feature

World’s Largest Salt Pan

Once a large river-fed lake, the Makgadikgadi Pans now lie saline and small. During the dry season are littered with stone tools and artefacts dated from between 2,000 to 500,000 years old. During the wet season 35-75,000 zebra and wildebeest migrate into the area with regular sightings of lion, cheetah and other predators who follow in their wake.
Wildlife and Plants
The Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve protects large tracts of salt pans, palm forests, grasslands and savannahs.

The park is considered to have the second largest in the world zebra and wildebeest migration in Africa (after the Serengeti). Lions, cheetahs, and other predator species follow them. The pans are also a permanent haven for desert species such as the meerkat and the elusive brown hyena, the third rarest carnivore in the world.

The park is perhaps best-known for its hundreds of thousands of flamingos that migrate there to feed as long as the water lasts.

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