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The Makgadikgadi Pans is situated in the central region of the country and covers approximate 12 000 square kilometres, the largest salt pans on the planet. There are two important salt pans, the 6500 square kilometre Ntwetwe Pan and the somewhat smaller Sua Pan.
The Makgadikgadi Pans are the remains of a great lake that once covered most of northern Botswana, fed by rivers carrying salts filtered from the lake's catchment area. Ancient lakeshore terraces reveal that the water depth fluctuated by as much as 33 metres and, at its greatest extent, the lake covered an area of 60,000 sq km. Because the basin had no outlet, the salts were concentrated in low lying areas. Less than 10,000 years ago, climactic changes caused the lake to evaporate, leaving only salt deposits.
For most of the year the area is dried up, however, as soon as the first rains fall, the region plays host to an alluring display of animal life. The water encourages one of Africa's great migrations.
Over 25 000 zebra and almost 10 000 blue wildebeest migrate here from the Boteti River in the west as well as from the Linyanti and Savuti regions to the north. Jacks Camp is a luxurious camp and is a unique experience and perhaps one of the most romantic camps on earth!
Located on the banks of the Boteti River, Leroo la Tau is an affordable lodge that allows guests to view the massive herds of zebra that migrate to the area.
Over 25 000 zebra and almost 10 000 blue wildebeest migrate here from the Boteti River in the west as well as from the Linyanti and Savuti regions to the north. The animals scatter sometime in March and April once the rainwater pans have dried up. The birdlife is abundant during the rainy season. Thousands of flamingos arrive to breed on the southern edges of Sua Pan. Pelicans and waterfowl congregate more towards the northern edge.
This is the domain of the brown hyena, a shy and elusive creature, as well as suricates, aardvarks and small bustard species. The brown hyena and aardvark are seen regularly as well as oryx, eland, caracal and red hartebeest are prominent. Sightings of elephant, lion, cheetah and kudu are not uncommon in the national parks. This is an extremely fragile environment filled with fascination and interest. The management and guides have an approach of maximum care for the environment, and this is a destination for the true lover of remote experiences.
Leroo La Tau Botswana safari lodge sits high on the edge of a waterhole, where many desert animals come to seek water. It offers wonderful views of the Boteti River, over the riverbed and the grassy plains beyond.
Meno A Kwena Tented Camp is set on the banks of the Boteti River and offers guests a wonderful traditional safari experience. Owner run and managed, the camp is suited to guests seeking a personal touch.
Nata Lodge is located among Mokolwane palms on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans. It is situated near the Nata sanctuary, which is on the edge of Sau Pan and is the breeding ground for a host of water birds including pelicans and flamingo in their thousands.
Jacks Camp is located nearby the Makgadikgadi Pans and offers a truly unique safari experience in Botswana's Kalahari Desert. Walks with San bushmen as well up close encounters with wild meerkats are highlights.
San Camp is a seasonal camp located close to the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Visits to the local meerkat colony as well as San bushmen walks are highlights of the camp. Unravel Historic Mysteries - venture out on quad bikes and explore remote archaeological sites.