The Mak­a­gadik­gadi Pans of Botswana

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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.

START/END: MAUN

DIS­TANCE: 300 MILES

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