Makgadikgadi Pans National Park Botswana
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park in Botswana is of the smaller wild reserves in the country. The name means ”a large open lifeless land”, (a total land area of 4000 sq.km) because of the dry nature of the land and the prehistoric salt water that covered this region. Enter through the main gate where you have to pay the entrance fee. The residual salt left behind by the prehistoric lakes prevents grass or any form of vegetation from growing on the pans (previously slat water lakes) giving it a very fossil-like feel. The surrounding areas are covered with grasslands and clusters of Baobab Trees in Makgadikgadi Pans.
Wildlife, Activities in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Among the many things to do in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park are Safari rides, Game drives, Bird watching, Tour of the Gweta, Bush Walks. Wildlife include eland, lions, zebras, cheetah, gemsbok, springbok, red hartebeest, bushbuck, giraffe, steenbok, elephants and many more.
Camps at Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
In addition to this there are camp site that are quite popular. Here are the popular ones:
- Leroo La Tau – The best of the lot managed by Desert and Delta Group on banks of Boteti river comes at a higer price, but is all luxury camping. Has a pool to dip in the hot sun.
- Jack’s Camp – At the edge of the pans, great Safari service
- San Camp - On bank of Boteti river and good spot to watch Botswana wildlife. Luxury outdoor camps
- Another alternative is the grounds at Kumaga, near the banks of the Boteti River near the village of Kumaga