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.
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