The shimmering salt pans of Makgadikgadi along with the Nxai Pans are believed to be the largest in the world. Most of the time they appear as glaring, white, endless plains. During the rainy season they are one of the most important wetland areas in Botswana – when they transform and come alive into stunning grass-plains.Makgadikgadi Pans is situated directly between Maun and Francistown. When it rain, the pans come to life with water birds and great herds of game. The Makgadikgadi pans are the remains of a once ancient lake and now form part of the route of Southern Africa’s largest remaining migration. Travellers can expect something slightly unusual from this part of Botswana. Kubu Island, with its huge baobabs, is one of the most mysterious places of the Makgadikgadi Pans.
During the dry season Wildebeest and Zebra can be observed on their thousands. Predators include Lion, Cheetah and Hyena. Antelope are the most common type of wildlife in this area, and from November to May they can be spotted as they come together to the sparkling water.
Game viewing is at its best in this area during the wet season and a bird watchers paradise. Experience the view of large herds of antelope converging on the great lakes to drink and play. The large flocks of migrant flamingoes is definitely a sight not to be missed