Meet with a meerkat! The largest saltpans in the world, Makgadikgadi Pans will offer you a unique safari experience. Changing with the seasons, the summer rains entice waterfowl and flamingos, while December to April boast enormous herds of wildebeest, zebra and springbok – with the accompanying predators – on the open grasslands. In the dry winter months, you can ride four-wheeled motorcycles and quad bike. Walk with a Bushman tracker and visit the historical Chapman’s Baobab tree, used by early explorers Livingstone and Selous. The highlight? Getting close to lively local meerkats who are accustomed to humans, allowing incredible photographic opportunities.


  • Landscape
  • Wildlife


  • Vast Kalahari Desert
  • Cultural Encounters
  • Off-The-Beaten-Path Destination

Places to Stay

Pool at Camp Kalahari Hotel in Kalahari Salt Pans, Botswana
Camp Kalahari

Style: Camp

Camp Kalahari, a return to the traditional safari style of the old explorers, is the ideal camp for those looking to experience comfort, style and adventure.

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Jacks Camp

Style: Camp

Do you wish to experience nothing and everything all at once? Experience a complete desert adventure with a stay at Jacks Camp, tucked under Acacia trees within the vast and beautiful Makgadikgadi pans.

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Meno a Kwena Tented Camp

Style: Camp

Meno A Kwena, meaning 'tooth of the crocodile', borders Makgadikgadi National Park in close proximity to Nxai Pan National Park.

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Die Kubu Insel der Kalahari Salzpfannen
Nxai Pan Lodge

Style: Lodge

Situated in the beautiful Nxai Pan National Park, adjoining to the Makgadikgadi National Park is Nxai Pan Camp.

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Exterior view at hotel Planet Baobab in Kalahari Salt Pans, Botswanna
Planet Baobab

Style: Lodge

Situated close to the village of Gweta, (also charmingly known as 'The Place of the Bullfrogs'), on the Francistown-Maun road and sheltered by a grove of gigantic baobabs, Planet Baobab offers a welcoming base from which to explore the Makgadikgadi Pans system.

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San Camp

Style: Camp

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans - one of the most important wetland sites in Africa - is host to San Camp, a traditional camp with awe-inspiring views of its surreal surroundings.

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Activities in Kalahari Salt Pans

Activities at San Camp 2

Day & night game drives, Bushmen walks, Chapman’s baobabs & meerkat visit, and quad biking

Activities at San Camp

Day & night game drives, Bushmen walks, Chapman’s baobabs & meerkat visit, and quad biking

Activities at Nxai Pan Lodge

Game drives, Bushman experience and full day visit to Baines’ Baobab on request

Activities at Meno a Kwena Tented Camp

Game drives, day trips (to Khumaga and Nxai Pan), cultural hikes with the Bushmen, boat trips (short trips on the Boteti), floating raft / hiding and Night on the salt pans (at least 3 nights)

Activities at Jacks Camp 2

Game drives, night drives, Bushmen walks, Chapman’s baobabs & meerkat visit, quad bike trips – 2 guests per quad bike (sole use of a quad bike requires a surcharge to be paid)

Activities at Edos Camp

Day & night game drives, walking, bushman Village visit and Rhino tracking


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