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Makgadikgadi-overview

Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan National Parks

In the northeastern region of the Kalahari Basin are the Makgadikgadi Pans – a huge expanse of pristine, white landscape bigger than Switzerland. Once a large river-fed lake, the Makgadikgadi Pans now lie saline and empty. The pans are littered with stone tools and artefacts dated from between 2,000 to 500,000 years old.

During the wet season, 35-75,000 zebra and wildebeest migrate into the area with regular sightings of lion, cheetah and other predators who follow in their wake - this is southern Africa's last surviving zebra and wildebeest migration. Hundreds of thousands of flamingo appear from nowhere to feed as long as the water lasts. The area is also a permanent haven for desert species such as the meerkat and the brown hyaena, the third rarest carnivore in the world.

Nxai Pan forms part of the great fossil pan system which includes the vast Makgadikgadi salt pans. These pans were once the bed of a super lake fed by the Okavango, Zambezi and Kwando rivers.

 

  • Camp Kalahari

    Camp Kalahari Camp Kalahari is set amongst the acacias and Mokolwane palms of Brown Hyaena Island, on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, adjacent to the Makgadikgadi-Nxai Pans National Park. Accommodati...

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  • Jack's Camp

    Jack's Camp Jack's Camp is a Kalahari Desert camp located in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Accommodation is in spacious tents (7 Twin and 3 Double) each with en suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers...

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  • Nxai Pan

    Nxai Pan Nxai Pan is located on the western edge of the fossil pan from which the camp takes its name. The camp faces east over the open grasslands of the pans and accommodates a maximum of eighteen guests...

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  • San Camp

    San Camp San Camp is situated on the edge of the vast and mysterious Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Accommodation is in six classic white tents, each with en suite bathroom. All tents have a private verandah o...

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