3 Days Makgadikgadi Pans Botswana Safari

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3 Days Makgadikgadi Pans Botswana Safari

3 Days Makgadikgadi Pans Botswana Safari

The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and the Nxai Pan National Park are situated on the western border of the large Makgadikgadi salt pans, southeast of the Okavango Delta.  The Makgadikgadi Pans are one of the biggest salt pans worldwide. They are formed by two large and thousands of small pans with an area of more than 8400 km². The complete area of pan systems covers an area of more than 16000 km².

The formation of the salt pans started with the evaporation of a huge inland lake in central Botswana, which covered an area of about 60000 km². As a result of plate tectonics, the feeding rivers were cut off.  As Makgadikgadi forms the lowest point, salt concentrated here and formed layers up to five meters deep.

Safari highlights

  • Evening game drive in the park
  • Sundowners in the park

Detailed safari itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Maun and depart for Makgadikgadi pans national park

On arrival at Maun International Airport, the gateway to the country’s best safari destinations. You will be received by our representative for a short briefing and after transfer for   a short internal flight to San Camp, a rustic safari camp located in the Makgadikgadi salt pans. After a long journey, relax with a sundowner at this luxury tented game, head out on an evening game drive and watch the sunset.

Day 2: Explore the Salt Pans in Makgadikgadi pans national park

After morning breakfast you will set out for a safari in search of wildlife red hartebeest, springbok and gemsbok, as well as 360-degree views of the gorgeous pristine salt pans. Explore the pans by quad bike, and then treat yourself to a three-layer banana and caramel cake in the evening.

Day 3: Return to Maun for your onward journey

After lazily morning breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for your return flight for Maun on arrival you will then be transferred to your lodge or for your onward journey.

Trip includes

  • Domestic flights
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers and game drives

Trip excludes

  • International flights
  • pre and post safari accommodation
  • Botswana tourist Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guides and hotels
When to book this safari package

We recommend at least 3 months in advance.

Best time to visit Makgadikgadi pans Botswana

The best time to visit is during the dry months of May to November when animals congregate around pans and waterholes.



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