Makgadikgadi is part of the Kalahari basin and has some of the largest saltpans in the world. The shimmering, cracked, salty crust doesn’t look like it could support any form of life. After good rains, however, this desolate landscape transforms when new green grass attracts thousands of Burchell’s zebra and blue wildebeest. When the pans fill up, flocks of pelicans and flamingos settle in as well. The national park is located on the western border of the pans, covering only a small part of it. Most wildlife activity in the park is at the Boteti River and this is where the lodges are situated. This area gets jam-packed with grazers in the Dry season. Burchell's zebra, blue wildebeest, giraffe and greater kudu all gather here. Lion, leopard and spotted hyena are regulars as well. When the grass starts to grow in the Wet season, these animals migrate east to the pans. The park has a variety of habitats. The Boteti River has beautiful, riverine forest on its banks. The pans in the east of the park don’t have much animal activity in the dry winter months, but this is when their stark beauty is best appreciated. At this time, 4x4’s can drive onto the pans to experience this strange environment up close.
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