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Makgadikgadi Pan

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In the middle of the dry savanna of northeastern Botswana, lies the Makgadikgadi Pan which is one of the largest salt pans in the world. Although, it is not really one salt pan but many salt pans connected with a sandy desert lying in between them. This is all that remains of the enormous Lake Makgadikgadi, which once covered an area larger than that of Switzerland.

Southeast of the Okavango Delta and surrounded by the Kalahari Desert, the Makgadikgadi Pan's only plant life is a thin layer of blue-green algae but on the outskirts many Baobab trees can be found and after the rains, the pan becomes a very important place for migrating animals and the large predators that prey on these animals, making it a budget travellers must see. The wet season brings thousands of migratory birds and is home to the only breeding population of Greater Flamingos in southern Africa. Ostriches and Plovers can be found throughout the year.

For those travellers not wanting to venture into the salt pans alone, Armbush Safaris and the Uncharted Africa Safari Company will guide you through the sandy desert.

Backpackers wanting to visit the Makgadikgadi Pan can stay in traditionally styled Bakalanga or Baobab Huts at Planet Baobab or the oasis in the desert at Gweta Lodge.