Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
Travel to Makgadikgadi Salt Pans – Vast Land of Salt Pans and Solitude
The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans are the remains of a once great river that ran dry as a result of seismic uplift that shifted the flow of the Chobe and Zambezi rivers to the east. The great space and solitude of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans is the best reason to visit it. By day, sit and contemplate under a bright blue sky. By night, the Milky Way presents an explosive display of stars, unparalleled anywhere else on earth.
The contrast of shimmering salt pans and a huge lake dotted with palm islands during the wets season are irresistible. During the wet season there is a huge migration of zebra, abundant flamingos and other migratory species. It is a true bird lover’s paradise.
Convoluted Ntwetwe Pan covers more area than its eastern counterpart, Sua Pan. This was once fed by the waters of the Boteti, but they were diverted at Mopipi Dam to provide water for the Orapa diamond mine and the pan is now almost completely dry. The western shore of Ntwetwe Pan is probably the most interesting in the Makgadikgadi area, with landscapes of rocky outcrops, dunes, islets, channels and spits. Eastern Ntwetwe Pan with its fascinating landscapes and beautiful sunsets is also worth visiting.
Four wheel drive is recommended throughout this area, as even in the dry season the pan surface can be treacherous with the unseen water table lurking often just inches under the hard-baked surface.
- Experience camping in absolute solitude in the salt pan
- Witness the huge zebra migration during the wet season
- At night enjoy an unparalleled view of the Milky Way