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  • Quad bike safari on Botswana's Makgadikgadi Pans

  • Sunset on the Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana
  • Veranda overlooking Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana
  • Group of meerkats on the Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana
  • Safari group watching herd of Zebra in Botswana's Makgadikgadi Pans

A relic of one of the world's largest super-lakes, Botswana’s Makgadikgadi dried up thousands of years ago as a result of the continued shifting of the earth's crust. When the lake was formed, some five to seven million years ago, its shores were the setting for the mysterious transition from ape to man.

On four-wheel-drive quad bikes guests can venture far into the centre of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans. Remote archaeological sites can be found, periodically discovering never-before-documented fossil beds of extinct giant zebra and hippo. The fact that you can travel across the pans at great speed and still arrive nowhere only underlines the pan's immensity. There is nothing out there, absolutely nothing. No outcrops, no features, no grass, no trees, no sound but the crunch of your boots in the crust.

For a few months each year, the Makgadikgadi transforms into one of the most important wetland sites in Africa. When Botswana’s rains come, the pans fill with water and they become the breeding ground for huge flocks of flamingo and other migratory birds. The rains also regenerate the grasses, which attract the last surviving migration of zebra and wildebeest in southern Africa.

  • The Accommodation (2)

  • Jack's Camp

    A safari to the luxurious Jack’s Camp is an extremely unusual desert safari experience; focusing on the vast emptiness of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, walking with San Bushmen and spending...

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  • San Camp

    San Camp is the sister camp of Jacks Camp but is only open in the dry season. Spectacularly located right on the very edge of the ‘Pans’, this is one of the most romantic camps in Africa 

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