Makgadikagadi Pans Safari in Botswana

Our Makgadikagadi Pans safari tours in Botswana present you with an opportunity discover the many attractions of this unique Botswana destination whilst staying in very comfortable accommodation.

Enjoy a variety of activities from enlightening interactions with San Bushmen to delightful game viewing excursions, or even heading out on an exciting quad bike trail across the Makgadikagadi Salt Pans.

Endless Horizons of Makgadikgadi

Family on safari in the Salt Pans of Botswana.

Discover the vast open space of the Makgadikagadi Pans in Botswana, and experience a silence so complete that you can hear your own blood flowing.

Home to many desert adapted species, such as Aardvaark, Gemsbok, Springbok, Cheetah, Brown Hyena and of course, Lions - when the summer rains arrive, and the grasses sprout across the Makgadikgadi, this is when you will witness large herds of Zebra and Wildebeest migrating into the area.

When to Visit

The best time to visit Makgadikgadi for game viewing is from April to November when great numbers of Antelope, Wildebeest and Zebra move from the south-east pans towards the Boteti River in the west, where rain is expected to fall in November.

The rainy season attracts a spectacular array of water birds and dramatic migrations of Wildebeest and Zebra. The rains usually begin in November and end in about March. The pans can retain water until April or May. The area is transformed as grasses sprout and the salt pans become a sort of algae soup.

Makgadikgadi Pans Highlights

Highlights of the Makgadikgadi include a famous group of baobabs called Baines Baobabs which stand as sentinels in this flat landscape. After the rains birdlife is spectacular and flocks of flamingos in their thousands descend upon the pans. Bushmen interactions where you learn how to survive in this desolate landscape are also truly memorable experiences.The Makgadikgadi Pans are the remains of an ancient super lake, and their surface glistens with salt. Some of the largest salt pans are found outside the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park boundaries. These include Ntwetwe Pan and Sowa Pan.

Sowa is renowned for its rainy season Flamingo population and abundance of other water birds, which can be seen from the Nata Bird Sanctuary in the north of Sowa Pan.

Adventures out on the Salt Pans

Despite being a desert, Makgadikgadi Pans activities are exciting and include game drives and amazing star-gazing experiences. A quad-biking expedition, where you speed across the salt crust of the pans for an age, and seem to get nowhere provides one of the greatest thrills of a Makgadikgadi holiday.

Bushmen of the Makgadikgadi

The Bushmen of Botswana, also known as The San people, have inhabited the Kalahari for thousands of years. They have adapted to life in this desolate landscape. A highlight of any Botswana safari is learning about their way of life. Let them teach you their strategies for survival.

Planning a Makgadikgadi Pans Safari

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