Holidays to the Makgadikgadi Pans

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All that remains of a super lake once the size of Switzerland, the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans are a fascinating link to the past. Beautifully remote, Makgadikgadi is rich in archaeological sites. Ancient animal fossils of giant hippo and zebra and stone-age tools used thousands of years ago litter the glaring white salt pans. A seemingly inhospitable environment, the huge flat pans are strangely alluring with sweeping vistas and an uncompromising sense of escape.

Quad biking at sunset Uncharted Africa Aerial view of San Camp Fun with Meerkats on holidays to the Makgadikgadi Pans - Uncharted Africa

In-spite of its reputation as an arid landscape, during the wet season (Jan - April) the Makgadikgadi becomes a wildlife haven as the landscape transforms. Clouds of flamingo, numbering up to 30,000, and other migratory birds descend from the heavens to decorate the watery grasslands. Herds of zebra and wildebeest materialise, drawn by the lush grass, and for several months the desert is teeming with game and predators.

Embark on an exciting excursion across the pans to the fabled Kubu Island: a large plateau of thick granite rock and thought to be around 2.7 billion years old. The island is a curious break in an otherwise flat landscape. Camps in this part of the world are unsurprisingly remote but offer a back to nature experience like no other. Holidays to the Makgadikgadi offer a range of thrilling activities through which to explore the vast 10,000kmĀ² area; game drives are an exciting option while quad bike rides across the pans are particularly exhilarating.

Makgadikgadi Highlights

  • Fascinating archaeological sites
  • Glaring white salt plans - the ultimate in serenity
  • Alive with wildlife during the wet season
  • Thousands of migratory birds visit yearly
  • Quad bike rides across the pans
  • The incredible wildlife spectacle of the Zebra Migration
  • Interaction with habituated meerkats and sightings of rare brown hyena
  • The chance to see thousands of greater and lesser of flamingo breeding colonies

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Selected Makgadikgadi Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Makgadikgadi

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Flying over the delta

Platinum Collection Botswana and Victoria Falls Safari

Days
16
Cost Per Person
From $19,900 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Botswana
Zambia
Locations
Linyanti, Makgadikgadi, Okavango Delta, Livingstone & Victoria Falls
Chobe at sunset

Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi Adventure

Days
10
Cost Per Person
From $11,840 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Botswana
Locations
Makgadikgadi, Okavango Delta
Mombo Camp

Classic Botswana Safari Circuit

Days
11
Cost Per Person
From $12,990 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Botswana
Locations
Linyanti, Makgadikgadi, Okavango Delta
(2)Red Lechwe in the Okavango Delta - Photo by Dana Allen for Wilderness Safaris

Best of Botswana Safari

Days
8
Cost Per Person
From $7,680 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Botswana
Locations
Chobe, Makgadikgadi, Okavango Delta

Makgadikgadi Accommmodation

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  • Camp Kalahari
    3

    From its base on Brown Hyaena Island and with authentic colonial charm, Camp Kalahari is a fantastic property from which to explore the vast Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.

  • Jack's Camp
    Tent library

    Set on the edge of the otherworldly Makgadikgadi Pans, Jack's Camp provides a stunning oasis of tented luxury in the vast desert-scape of the surrounds. From this unique camp meet wild meerkats and embark on quad bike rides across the pans.

  • Kubu Island
    1

    An odd break in an otherwise flat landscape of empty pans, Kubu Island is estimated to be 2.7 billion years and old considered sacred by locals. This unique slice of Africa offers complete remoteness in the vast infinite of the surrounding pans.

  • San Camp
    San Camp

    San Camp is found on the edge of the stunning Makgadikgadi Pans, a charming property run almost entirely on solar energy. Watch out for habituated meerkats and the elusive brown hyena.

  • Leroo La Tau
    Bush Dinner

    Leroo La Tau is an intimate lodge found on the banks of the Boteti River, which proves a huge attraction to local wildlife. The lodge is raised 10 metres above the river so casual game viewing is assured.