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The Makgadikgadi Pans are so unique and in their own right, a truly unforgettable destination. What was once a huge lake 2,000 years ago has today dried up entirely, and the landscape of the Makgadikgadi Pans are iconic dry and desolate. When the rain arrives in the Makgadikgadi Pans, these expansive pans fill with water and water, comes life. Species like zebra and wildebeest gather around these pans, which quickly entice predators. In fact, between the period of December and March, the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is home to one of the most impressive zebra migrations on the continent (second to East Africa’s wildebeest migration).

Aside from wildlife, the Makgadikgadi Pans can offer a safari experience like no other. With almost no light pollution and vast wilderness and desert on the horizon, you are almost guaranteed to fall asleep to a blanket of shimmering stars. Spend your days embracing all that the wilderness has to offer – from quad biking the desert pans, to spending time with the bushmen tribe in the Kalahari.

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The Makgadikgadi Pans is a great destination for returning travelers to Africa. The pans are very dry and remote and, while species like elephant, zebra, springbok and lion are seen here, the numbers are far less than other safari destinations. What the Makgadikgadi Pans do offer though, is remoteness, seclusion, and generally a landscape that goes beyond your wildest dreams.

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The safari accommodation in the Makgadikgadi Pans is incredibly unique. Safari camps like San Camp and Jacks Camp are iconic to Botswana and this area. They are impressive not only in their location but also in their design and decor. During your time in the Makgadikgadi Pans, you can experience a wealth of safari activities, from game drives, fly camping, quad biking, cultural excursions and of course, spend time with the meerkats. This is one of the most popular excursions and a very special one. With the assistance of your guide, you will sit or lie down on the ground and the meerkats will, in their own time, start to run across you, often standing at the highest point.

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When to visit Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Unlike most other safari destinations – where we encourage you to avoid the rainy season – one of the best times to visit the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is actually when the rains arrive, from November to April. The arrival of the rains brings new life and vegetation which in turn, attracts animals. Huge numbers of zebra and wildebeest arrive, as well as predators like jackal, hyena, and lion. If you are combining the Makgadikgadi Pans with another safari destination, speak to our specialists to find out which month or seasonality works well throughout.

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