Located in northeastern Botswana, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park stretches from the Boteti River through to one of the world’s largest salt flats covering around 12,000 sq. km. Guests are captivated by its lunar-like landscape, ancient baobabs and vast Makgadikgadi salt pans. Witness the phenomenal seasonal migration of zebras and wildebeests and embrace the solitude of this untouched wilderness. The park promises unparalleled stargazing opportunities. A journey to Makgadikgadi is a voyage to nature’s wonders.

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Plants and Animals

  • Predators (cheetahs, lions, brown hyenas)
  • Zebras and wildebeest
  • Giraffes
  • Antelopes
  • Reptiles and amphibians
  • Birds (flamingos, eagles, ducks, geese, pelicans)
  • Ancient baobab trees
  • Vast salt flats

People and Culture

The region surrounding Makgadikgadi Pans has historically been inhabited by indigenous peoples such as the San (also known as Basarwa or Bushmen) and other groups who have adapted to the semi-arid environment of the Kalahari Desert. These communities have a deep understanding of the local ecology and traditional survival techniques, including hunting and gathering. Despite facing challenges such as land encroachment and cultural assimilation, some San communities around Makgadikgadi Pans continue to preserve their traditional way of life and cultural practices. On safari tours, travelers often visit Gweta village, a cultural hub that offers a deeper dive into the park’s intriguing human tapestry.


The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park in Botswana experiences distinct seasons that influence the landscape, wildlife behavior, and overall conditions within the park. The primary seasons are the dry season and the wet season.

The Green Season: Rainy season November – April – Explore untouched wilderness filled with migratory birds, blooming plant life and newborn animals.

Dry season: May – October – Observe lions, giraffes and antelopes congregating around water sources on one of the game drives.

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Marla Knight-Dutille,

In August I came to Botswana with a group of family and friends, and went on a Semi-Participation…