Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

The Makgadikgadi Pans is the world’s largest salt pan landscape. It covers an area of over 30,000 km² and is technically not a single pan, but consists of many pans – the largest of which are Sua, Nwetwe and Nxai pans. The Makgadikgadi Pans were once part of the old Makgadikgadi lake bed – an ancient lake that is believed to have covered as much as 80,000 km², and started drying up almost 10,000 years ago, leaving huge salt-encrusted pans behind.

If you visit the pans in the dry season, when the landscape is arid and the land is as dry as a bone, you might not believe that it hosts Africa’s longest zebra migration. During the wet season (around January to March) the pans transform into lush, nutritious wetlands, which attract zebras, wildebeests, elephants and other herbivores. If you want to witness this spectacle, the Makgadikgadi Pans are the best place to be.

Our preferred safari lodges

Collection of properties in Makgadikgadi

San Camp

San Camp

Imagine a smattering of billowing white tents, shaded by desert palms and surrounded by a thousand acres of shimmering, sparkling nothingness. You’ve just dreamt up San Camp, impossibly romantic, seven-bedroom camp on the edge of the Nwetwe Pan in Makgadikgadi.

Jack's Camp

Jack's Camp

The brand-new Jack’s Camp will pay homage to the property’s enduring and much-loved 1940s campaign style. The guest tents, seven twins and three doubles, will be made much larger and each will be a whopping 271 square metres in size: 136 sq m inside, and 135 sq m outside.

Meno a Kwena

Meno a Kwena

Nine luxury en-suite tents are scattered amongst vegetation and thorny branches, all of which overlook the Boteti River that welcomes frequent elephant visitors. There are twin tents with queen size beds and double tents, with king size beds in each. Complete pans experience.