The Makagadikgadi Pans of Botswana
A remnant of an African superlake, the Makgadikgadi Pans is a region of three large salt flats interspersed with rich grassland, palm islands, rocky outcrops and isolated dunes.
The main salt flats can be visited from Maun in a 4WD, via a route that passes glistening salt crust, cracked earth, ancient fossil beds, giant umbrella acacias and towering baobab trees. The region has been inhabited since the Stone Age. It’s worth getting out of the car to take a walk with local bush people and learn about how they track animals and find water in this arid landscape. As you travel the Makgadikgadi Pans, dusty whirlwinds spin across the road, but in the wet season (between November and March), the place is transformed into a lush wetland that attracts thousands of birds as well as herds of zebras and wildebeest, which are often pursued by lions.
DISTANCE: 300 MILES