Makgadikgadi Pan

The largest salt pans in the world. Remnants of an ancient lake, the pans are interspersed with sandy desert and occasional vegetation. One of Africa’s biggest zebra populations makes this vista of white sand and salt their home.



When rains fall during the wet season, the pans are filled with water and attract large flocks of flamingos, as well as big herds of zebra, springbok and wildebeest, followed closely by predators, making for fantastic game viewing.

Makgadikgadi presents travelers with the unique opportunity to interact with the animated meerkat, made famous by the Lion King’s Timon. The charming meerkats inquisitively look out onto the plains of the desert, noses firmly in the air, eager to touch base with willing visitors. The habitual meerkats are not tame, but will gladly snuggle up to travelers on chilly mornings or climb atop heads that are promptly used as viewing posts to aid in later foraging excursions.


Why Visit?

- Lie out on the pans as the sun sets and watch the planetarium of stars unfold.


- Take game drives and night drives in custom built 4x4s to see the unique desert wildlife,


- Spend time with the cheeky meerkats, and join the Zu/'hoasi Bushmen on a bushwalk.


- Watch 50,000 zebra and wildebeest migrate through the area from January to April.


- Travel across the salt-crusted earth by quad-bike. The fact that you'll travel at great speed, yet arrive nowhere underlines the true immensity of this remarkable area.

When to go?

All year round and Nov-Feb could reach 35-40C in day time.

Watch 50,000 zebra and wildebeest migrate through the area from January to April.