Makgadikgadi Pans National Park reviews


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Situated in the center of the savanna of north eastern Botswana, the Makgadikgadi Pan is one of the largest salt flats in the world. The pan is the remnant of Lake Makgadikgadi, an ancient lake 80,000 km² (30,888 miles²) in area and 30 m (90 ft) deep. The lake dried up 10,000 years ago, leaving only a flat expanse of clay crusted with light-catching white salt and ... ...

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Nov 25, 2013   |   Visited: May 2013.
I love spending a night out on the salt pans of Botswana, it's an out of this world experience. Nothing really seems real. Imagine spinning around and around and around and the view simply not changing at all, just a white expanse of nothingness. This is what it is like out on Makgadikgadi Pan.

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(4/5 stars) Written on: May 21, 2013   |   Visited: Feb 2009.
We chose to drive out around 100 miles to a place called Kubu Island. The high grasses on the bottom of the hot car made me a bit nervous - you'll drive through a lot of it to get there, and stopping can be a bad idea if you don't find a bare space.
Mud and dodgy signing didn't stop us. GPS is, of course, a good idea. I'm still a map and compass guy, to the annoya... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: May 10, 2013   |   Visited: Nov 2010.
The Makgadikgadi is to Africa what Salar Uyuni is to South America, an amazingly vast stretch of salt flats. One of only three major salt flats in the world (the third is in Utah) the pans are a truly remarkable sight and an unmissable attraction when travelling to Botswana.

I’ll start by saying that we were there at totally the wrong time, although I admit we’... read more

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Safari suitability: 9 / 10
All of the big five can be found here. Higher costs here keep this park from scoring a perfect 10.
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