Luxury safari to Makgadikgadi Pans Botswana

The Great Makgadikgadi Pan

It is said that the origins of all mankind come from the ancient Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana. Indeed, Makgadikgadi Pan safaris to this extraordinary region are profoundly moving – and it’s all in our guide to safaris in Botswana.  Makgadikgadi Pan is one of the flattest places on earth. Explore Jack’s Camp and Uncharted Africa safaris in the true wilderness of remote Botswana.

It is said that thousands of years ago the Pan was a lake bigger than Switzerland. The great Makgadikgadi Pan is not one pan but many pans with sandy desert strewn between – the Sua, Ntwetwe, and Nxai Pans. Modern Homo sapiens first began to evolve in this region some 200,000 years ago, when it was a massive, remarkably fertile area of lakes, rivers, marshes, woodlands and grasslands. It was easier for people to live there and to evolve, along with their animal neighbors. 

Maybe this is why so many travelers are innately drawn to experience the pans every season. When it rains, soft green grasses emerge, attracting impressive herds of antelope and zebra, followed by predators like lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals, and reptiles.

Did you know?

Makgadikgadi covers more than 16,000 square km and it is said that the original ancient Lake Makgadikgadi spread up to 80, 000 square km – in the dry Kalahari Basin, only briefly wet when it rains.


  • Migratory ducks, geese, great white pelicans, and cranes arrive and the Sowa pan is home to one of only two breeding populations of greater flamingos in southern Africa.
  • The huge Baobab tree here is the largest tree in Africa, an ancient 5 300 years old, loved by famous explorers, Livingston and Selous. 
  • Camping safari enthusiasts like to sleep out at Kubu Island, a rocky outcrop on the edge of Sowa Pan.
  • Archaeological sites on the pans reveal ancient tools and fossils of fish and animals similar to what prehistoric man would have eaten. 

With Voyage2Africa, you too can experience the open Pans as part of a Botswana safari to the Okavango Delta and Kalahari combined!

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