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The combination of the grasslands of the Kalahari together with the almost ’moonscape’ of the Makgadikgadi salt pans are a striking contrast to the verdant, game-rich Okavango and Linyanti regions. The Kalahari is a unique desert experience with some equally unique wildlife such as brown hyena, meerkat, gemsbok, springbok and the great black-maned Kalahari lion.
The Makgadikgadi Pans are an ancient legacy of a vast lake that covered much of southern Africa, which dried up thousands of years ago, however for a few months each year, the Makgadikgadi is transformed into one of the most important and spectacular wetlands in Africa. When the rains come, the pans fill with water and become a vast breeding ground for huge flocks of flamingo and other migratory birds. The rains also regenerate the grasses which attract the last surviving migration of zebra and wildebeest in southern Africa. These areas are probably the most intriguing in Botswana and offer the visitor a safari experience that is most definitely extraordinary.