The Makgadikgadi and Nxai Salt Pans are all that remain of an enormous inland sea that covered 31,000 square miles. Today they are the world's largest salt pans and a vast, timeless wilderness. Situated southeast of the Okavango Delta, the area around the pans is empty and desolate during the dry season (June-October) only to transform into lush grasslands once the rains arrive (December-May).

At this time of year enormous herds of zebra and wildebeest migrate into the area where Jack's Camp, San Camp and Camp Kalahari are situated. During the dry season the pans themselves are great fun as wildlife viewing is replaced with activities such as walking, quad biking and sleepouts on the vast, silent pans. As the grass and water recede at the end of April, the zebra gravitate in their hundreds to the life-giving waters of the Boteti River on the western border of the Makgadikgadi near Meno a Kwena.

The area is famous for brown hyenas, habituated meerkats, annual zebra and wildebeest migration, nature and cultural walks with the san bushman, unsurpassed star gazing, and the indescribable feeling that comes from views so flat and expansive that you can see the curvature of the earth.

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