The lesser-known Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is situated between Maun and Nata in Botswana. The shimmering saltpans of visible on a Makgadikgadi Pans safari are the size of Switzerland and most of the time appear as a glaring, white, endless plain. When the rain comes a dramatic change takes place as the pans come to life with frantically feeding water birds and great herds of game, delights to discover on a Makgadikgadi Pans safari. The best time for a Makgadikgadi Pans safari is to coincide with the migration is from December to March or in the dry season from April to October when the pans are dry.
The park contains four main vegetation types: riverine woodland, scrubland, pure grassland and saltpans. The pans support palm groves and peculiar looking Baobab trees whose branches look more like roots, giving rise to the name ‘upside down tree’. These are interspersed with short spiky yellow grass found on rises between the pans, known as ‘prickley salt grass’. This grass is extremely saline resistant to the extent that salt crystals can sometimes be seen on the leaves. The interior of the reserve comprises scrub and grassland with a few ‘islands’ of Real Fan Palms and Camel-thorn Acacia.
From April to November game such as Springbok, Gemsbok, Wildebeest and Zebra move slowly from the pans area in the south east of the park, to the Boteti River in the west. During this migration animals accumulate in their thousands, ideal timing for a Makgadikgadi Pans safari. The heavily wooded areas beside the river also contain shy antelopes like Duiker and Bushbuck. There are a few lodges in this area that offer a great opportunity for a Makgadikgadi Pans safari. Explore below our range of Makgadikgadi Pans safaris and discover a Makgadikgadi Pans safari today!