Professional photo gallery of makgadikgadi pans national park showing stunning images, photos and pictures from award winning wildlife photographers. Makgadikgadi pans national park the makgadikgadi pans game reserve, a salt pan with an area of 3 900 sq. The greater makgadikgadi includes two parks the makgadikgadi pans national park mpnp and nxai pan national park. Larger than lake victoria, it once covered most of southern botswana about two million years ago. Lying southwest of the okavango delta and surrounded by the kalahari desert makgadikgadi pans national park comprises nutritious grasslands, attracting thousands of animals. Part 1 deals with the state of the makgadikgadi pans iba, with. The makgadikgadi pans game reserve is the scene of large migrations of zebra and wildebeest from the boteti river across to nwetwe pan, while the nata sanctuary in sua pan is a place to see birdlife and antelopes. One of africas biggest zebra populations makes this vista of white sand and salt their home. The present park covers some 4,900 square kilometres. The best things to do in makgadikgadi pans national park. The makgadikgadi pans national park is a salt pan with an area of 3,900 kilometers.
Makgadikgadipansnationalpark national park, landmark. Ord group ltd manages this top safari website amongst several others in africa listed below. The makgadikgadi pans are located in botswana and, as a whole, cover an area of 16,000 square kilometers, and this means that this is the largest salt depression on the planet. The wet season november to march is consistently warm, with the average daytime temperature hovering around 32c90f. The makgadikgadi pans part of the makgadikgadi national park are the legacy of a great lake.
However, the animal diversity and zebrawildebeest migration found in makgadikgadi pans is unmatched by any habitat of similar nature. The makgadikgadi pans, africa and middle east guide. Makgadikgadi pans camping and caravanning accommodation. Khumaga camp site makgadikgadi and nxai pan national park. Remnants of an ancient lake, the pans are interspersed with sandy desert and occasional vegetation. Romina facchi in the summer months, from december to april, when the rains are abundant, in the northeastern part of the sua pan, where the nata river spills over the salt expanse, many species of birds are concentrated, in particular the pelicans and the flamingos. Situated in the middle of the dry savanna of northeastern botswana.
The 4 best places in makgadikgadi pans, north east district. Makgadikgadi pans landscape unesco world heritage centre. Book your tickets online for the top things to do in makgadikgadi pans national park, botswana on tripadvisor. By the time we arrived, the sizzling heat of the late dry season had given way to billowing grey clouds and dramatic thunderstorms. Department of wildlife and national parks, botswana. Map of makgadikgadi pans in botswana showing makgadikgadi pan safari lodges and attractions in the area. Nxai pan national park lies just north of the maunnata main road and adjoins makgadikgadi pans national park on its northern border. The makgadikgadi pans, africa and middle east guide fodors. Temperatures in the dry season april to october are anything but consistent. The 4 best places in makgadikgadi pans, north east. As the lake evaporated it left shorelines and salt pans, which range in size enormously and do not allow any vegetation to grow on the surface, pushing it to the fringe. It is divided into the eastern sua pan and western ntwetwe pan. With 14 listings in makgadikgadi pans, our handy makgadikgadi pans map search and great low prices, its easy to book the perfect holiday accommodation for your.
Makgadikgadi pans luxury botswana safari andbeyond. Lying southwest of the okavango delta and surrounded by the kalahari. Nxai pan national park is a national park in northeastern botswana, consisting of nxai pan, which is one of the makgadikgadi pan salt flats. The makgadikgadinxai pans conservation initiative round river.
Makgadikgadi meno a kwena is located in kalahari,salt pans in botswana and it is situated on tribal land on a cliff edge overlooking the boteti river. Jan 10, 2017 a travellers guide to the makgadikgadi pans national park. Julian griggs, principal, dovetail consulting group. Elephant social dynamics, spatial ecology and human elephant. The catchment area of makgadikgadi pans is larger and extends into zimbabwe in the east and north through the nata river system. Makgadikgadi pans has a desert climate with two distinct seasons.
It is also linked to the okavango system through the boteti river which has been dry since the 1980s. Makgadikgadi pans national park featured resort resort. Makgadikgadi framework management plan 2010 volume one. Makgadikgadi conservation initiative natural selection safari. The main entrance is160 km east of maun and 45 km west of the small town of gweta, which has the closest accommodation and gas station. This 3900sqkm park, the southern section of the makgadikgadi and nxai pans national park, extends from the boteti river in the west to the ntwetwe pan in the east. Owing to the epic scale of the makgadikgadi saltpan complex, the 3 900 km2 national park that bears its name encompasses. Travelling to the pans from the south, letlhakane is the best place to stock up with supplies and the last place to refuel. The comparative ecology of the brown hyaena hyaena.
Makgadikgadi pans national park, botswana tripadvisor. Things to do in makgadikgadi pans national park, central district. Pan national park mnpnp and a number of wildlife management areas wmas. The return of water to the boteti river in recent years has drawn plenty of wildlife, particularly in the dry season from may to october, when the river, even at low levels, is the. Here the country takes on a different hue, forsaking the blues and greens of the delta for the burnished oranges, shimmering whites and golden grasslands of this northern manifestation of the kalahari desert. The makgadikgadi pans are treated as a day trip for guests staying at camps and lodges situated on the edge of national park. The network of salt pans found in botswanas eastern regions are a striking physical feature and some of the largest of their kind in the world. A strip of ilala palms marks an old elephant trail across the pans in makgadikgadi pans national park. The turnoff is 160 kilometres east of maun and 45 kilometres west of the small village of gweta, which has the nearest lodge accommodation, fuel and supplies.
They are formed by two large and thousands of small pans with an area of more than 8400 km. Four wheeldrive is recommended throughout this area, as even in the dry season the pan surface can be treacherous with the unseen water table lurking often. Aug 12, 2019 the resurgence of the boteti river, at the western border of the makgadikgadi pans national park mpnp, has had a large influence on the importance of this area in the framework of ecosystem conservation in botswana and, in particular, for the movement of elephants into historical rangelands. Makgadikgadi, botswanas dusty wetlands request pdf. The largest individual pan is about 1,900 sq mi 4,921. Ntwetwe and sua cover an expansive region of northern botswana known. Whatever the levels of water in the area, the grasses on the fringes of the depression will be green and nutritious and this attracts large herds of zebra and other animals to. The makgadikgadi pans national park covers an area of 1,891 sq. Framework management plan for makgadikgadi wetlands.
Botswana makgadikgadi pans national park makgadikgadi meno a kwena is located in kalahari,salt pans in botswana and it is situated on tribal land on a cliff edge overlooking the boteti river. Western bank of the boteti river, makgadikgadi pans national park, botswana. In 1970 the makgadikgadi pans national park was declared a game reserve. Lying southeast of the okavango delta and surrounded by the kalahari desert, makgadikgadi is technically not a single pan, but many pans with sandy desert in between, the largest being the sua sowa, nwetwe and nxai pans. Follow the links below to botswanas premier wildlife regions and game reserves. Tracks4africa padkos makgadikgadi pans national park. The birds of the makgadikgadi pans exploring africa. Pdf 2002 plan for wildlife management area ct11, makgadikgadi. One of the first things youll notice about the pans is the unique. With 14 listings in makgadikgadi pans, our handy makgadikgadi pans map search and great low prices, its easy to book the perfect holiday accommodation for. The ancient lake makgadikgadi once submerged the whole park. The resurgence of the boteti river, at the western border of the makgadikgadi pans national park mpnp, has had a large influence on the importance of this area in the framework of ecosystem conservation in botswana and, in particular, for. Makgadikgadi salt pan, makgadikgadi pans national park.
Makgadikgadi pans are the largest salt pans in the world covering an area of over 30 000 km 2. However, in december 1992 it was enlarged and declared a national park. Being able to live right alongside the wildlife that we are investigating offers us a special insight into their world, and the. The makgadikgadi pan national park has an area of 3,900 square kilometers and is located in the northern part of the ntwetwe pan, that in turn occupies the western part of the makgadikgadi pans. This park contains inside different habitats, from the expanses of salt to the river forest. With 14 listings in makgadikgadi pans, our handy makgadikgadi pans map search and great low prices, its easy to book the perfect holiday. Makgadikgadi pans national park featured resort forum. The makgadikgadi pans are one of the biggest salt pans worldwide. Location of the makgadikgadi pans in botswana and southern africa. This lesserknown safari destination is home to a handful of luxury lodges and three basic campsites, making makgadikgadi the near. A travellers guide to the makgadikgadi pans national park. The pans, huge, flat expanses of hot, sunblasted terrain and fringed by vegetated islands and peninsulas, were once part of a great super lake that covered much of northern botswana.
Both are physically and ecologically connected and are part of the kalahari desert, being very dry for most of the year. The makgadikgadi pans are located halfway between maun and nata on the francistown road in northern botswana. The makgadikgadi pans national park and the nxai pan national park are situated on the western border of the large makgadikgadi salt pans, south east of the okavango delta. Very limited supplies are available in kumaga village, near the entrance to the makgadikgadi pans national park where theres a small supermarket with basic supplies and frozen meat. There are 2 campsites within the park, however, we prefer to book our guests at one of our recommended accommodation so that they can enjoy guided tours into the park. Makgadikgadi pans botswana unbiased, informative and. Dry and warm desert with water on the horizon in makgadikgadi pans national park. Makgadikgadi pans activities walks with bushmen, quad biking. Vast shallow white pans make up an extraordinary landscape deceptively animated by mirages that shimmer and dance in the heatblasted air. A safari vehicle drives into the pan on a clear evening in makgadikgadi pans national park. Very limited supplies are available in kumaga village, near the entrance to the makgadikgadi pans national park where theres a small supermarket with.
Makgadikgadi pans national park, botswana stephen cunliffe. The birds of the makgadikgadi pans martial eagle photo credits. Southeast of the okavango delta, the makgadikgadinxai pans, a seasonal dispersal designation from the hwange and chobe national parks, okavango delta. The salt pans, which occupy around 20% of the area of the national park, are the remains of a giant superlake that covered a vast area of southern africa thousands of years ago. The lesser known makgadikgadi pans national park is situated roughly halfway between maun and nata in northern botswana and is known for its.
The area was declared a game reserve in 1970 and in december 1992, the boundaries were extended and national park status was attained. Most of ct11 comprises the surface of ntwetwe pan an inhospitable but fascinating tract of. The pans are situated in northeastern botswana and are home to both incredible wildlife and unforgettable sunsets over the vast savannas. Makgadikgadi nxai pan national park botswana safari. If you are looking for makgadikgadi pans holiday accommodation, safarinow has a selection of lodge, camping and caravanning, hotel holiday accommodation in makgadikgadi pans and surrounds. Makgadikgadi salt pan makgadikgadi pans national park. Accommodation, all meals, airport transfers, local brand beverages, scheduled safari activities, laundry service, emergency medical evacuation insurance, national park fees and government levies. Pans sidebar, but that is the makgadikgadi of the rainless winter months. Makgadikgadi framework management plan the centre for.804 1097 1407 1055 380 590 1309 1505 1365 214 626 1371 1283 1242 788 177 192 105 1096 1037 1249 760 1457 923 903 125 534 939 930 553 1485 218 925 538 989