The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana may not seem a likely place for an African safari but they provide one of the most unique safari experiences on earth.
Is there an African experience that can stand alone without the need for big game and forced cultural experiences - an experience that will be remembered far longer than the lion or elephant sighting? The answer is an emphatic yes! The Makgadikgadi Pans experience is far more than an African safari.
About Space and Time Once part of a great inland lake that included the Okavango Delta and fed by what is now the Zambezi River, the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans today are a far cry from their watery past. The largest salt pans in the world provide for an African safari experience unrivalled anywhere in Africa.
Here it is not about the big game - although there is a fair quantity of predators and other larger mammals - rather the Makgadikgadi experience is about space and time and also the opportunity to view some of the more unusual species of Botswana such as brown hyena and the enduring suricates.
During the rainy season the Makgadikgadi Pans area greens up and water may collect in some areas of the pans. Huge herds of wildebeest and zebra are attracted to the grass and water and flamingos in their thousands arrive on the pans overnight.