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The Makgadikgadi Pans

The Makgadikgadi Pans are the remains of an ancient super lake that is believed to have covered a vast percentage of Southern Africa. The area is a dramatic, desolate expanse of an almost lunar landscape, where you can literally see the curvature of the earth on the horizon.  Made up of acres of shimmering white salt, the Makgadikgadi Pans evoke a sense of complete wilderness in an area seemingly untouched by humankind. This is one of Africa's truly unique destinations.
The Makgadikgadi Pans are one of the last remaining domains of the San Bushmen, some of the last hunter/gatherers in Africa today. The San are exceptional trackers, and many of the camps here have San Bushmen as their guides.  Other camps arrange walks with San Bushmen or visits to San villages.   Either way, we highly recommend visiting the San whilst staying in the area.   Show me more >


Where to stay


Uncharted Africa have been running camps and explorations in the Makgadikgadi for years, attempting to give their clients 'what they never knew they wanted'! Their flagship property, Jacks Camp, is very high end and is one of Africa's most unique camps.    Show me more >


When to go


The seasons here work in opposition to those of Botswana’s big game areas, so the Makgadikgadi is in peak safari season during the early months of the year.   Show me more >

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  • Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino, Wild Dog and Cheetah. This park has 4 out of our Big 7  icon
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