Mgadikgadi National Park
The Mgadikgadi Pans are the three of the largest salt pans in the world in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana. Visitors on a safari in Botswana come to the region to explore this amazing landscape. In the dry months when the pans have baked to a hard salt crust, quad bike tours are allowed onto the pans, a truly thrilling experience. The feeling of endless uninterrupted space is incredible. At times guests can experience perfect silence as the pans are devoid of life. The pans stretch for such an extent that the curvature of the Earth becomes obvious.
During the wet season, the region is transformed. Local rainfall fills vast shallow areas of the pans and fresh green grasses spring up in the surrounding region. The water attracts large flocks of flamingos which feed in shrimp and algae that bloom in the water. Animals including eland, lions, zebras, cheetah, gemsbok, springbok, red hartebeest bushbuck, giraffe, steenbok, and elephants are attracted from all over the Kalahari. The region becomes the stage for the largest zebra migration in Africa. No matter what time of year guests visit they will enjoy good sightings of desert-adapted animals. The stark grey white earth of the region makes for an impressive background for photographs.