MAKGADIKGADI GAME RESERVE

MAKGADIKGADI GAME RESERVE

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Makgadikgadi Game Reserve is an enormous terrain, the size of Portugal. It features one of the largest salt pans in the world, is largely uninhabited by humans, and covers an area of twelve thousand square kilometers.

This desolate area of Botswana remains extremely dry most of the year therefore large mammals are scarce. During and following years of good rain, the two largest pans - Sowa to the east and Ntwetwe to the west - become an abundance of water and source of life, attracting wildlife of various kinds.  Zebra and wildebeest are seen on the grassy plains and seas of pink flamingos bring life and vivid colour to the Sowa and Nata Sanctuary. Flamingo numbers accumulate up to hundreds of thousands and the spectacle of their flight and magnificent colour as they filter the water for food is a wonderful experience to witness.

During the wet season, this reserve offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Antelope, including the gemsbok (oryx), eland and red hartebeest, kudu, bushbuck and springbok may be seen in abundance.  Elegant giraffe are found in limited numbers and occasionally elephant frequent the area. Large predators include lion, leopard, spotted hyena and the rare brown hyena.

BEST TIMES TO GO

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November to April
Migration of game animals including varieties of antelope, zebra and wildebeest, followed by the predators including lion, hyenas and cheetahs.
May to August
Winter months with warm days and cold nights.
September to October
Hot during the day and mild at night.

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HIGHLIGHTS

NATA BIRD SANCTUARY: One of the world’s greatest flamingo breeding sites, including over 150 other species such as pelicans, bustards, korhaans, spoonbills and stilts.

NATA BIRD SANCTUARY: One of the world’s greatest flamingo breeding sites, including over 150 other species such as pelicans, bustards, korhaans, spoonbills and stilts.

MIGRATION SAFARI: Summer rains lure the animals to the water and vast plains of fresh grazing attract thousands of antelope followed by the predators such as wild dog, lion and cheetah.

MIGRATION SAFARI: Summer rains lure the animals to the water and vast plains of fresh grazing attract thousands of antelope followed by the predators such as wild dog, lion and cheetah.

QUAD BIKING: There are not many places in the world where one is able to drive out on a quad bike at full speed in any direction for miles and miles and still essentially be 'nowhere'!

QUAD BIKING: There are not many places in the world where one is able to drive out on a quad bike at full speed in any direction for miles and miles and still essentially be 'nowhere'!

GUIDED BUSH WALKS: With the local San Bushman tribe who have been living in this area for many decades.

GUIDED BUSH WALKS: With the local San Bushman tribe who have been living in this area for many decades.

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