Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Botswana’s Makgadikgadi covers an area roughly the size of Switzerland, and has some of the largest saltpans in the world! The national park protects a small portion of these pans, as well as the Boteti River – a magnet for wildlife especially during Botswana’s dry season when the river is the only source of water for miles around.

Makgadikgadi Pans is an extraordinary place! Visit during the dry winter months and you’ll see a shimmering, salty crust stretching out to the horizon. When the summer rains arrive, the landscape transforms into lush grasslands and a lake attracting thousand-strong flocks of pink flamingos. The fresh grazing brings large herds of zebra and wildebeest, closely followed by lion, jackal and brown hyena.

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Highlights in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

  • Spectacular zebra and wildebeest migration (green season)
  • Vast flocks of flamingos, pelicans and other waterbirds (green season)
  • Quad biking on the pans (dry season)
  • Watching the sunset out on the pans (dry season)
  • Unique sightings include meerkats and brown hyena

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Leroo La Tau

Set in Botswana’s magnificent Magaikgadi National Park overlooking the desert and the unusual animals that inhabit it, the luxury Leroo La Tau promises an original African safari experience. Luxurious accommodation matched with an exquisite location and the opportunity to view unusual animals, such as the rare white rhinoceros, ensure that…

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Jack’s Camp

Set in Botswana’s Kalahari Desert, Jack’s Camp combines the best of gracious living and adventurous activities like modern quad bikes. It feels like stepping back into a colonial past – but with all the amenities of today. The tented camp includes a private museum, shop, drinks tent and a pool…

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Meno a Kwena

Meno a Kwena’s en-suite tents are set on a clifftop overlooking the Boteti River. The focus is on comfort and superlative wilderness experiences from game drives into neighbouring national parks to boat cruises, sleepouts on the pans and Khoisan-guided walking safaris. This is a family-friendly destination

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