Makgadikgadi

An Untold Vastness
The great Makgadikgadi Pans, covering about 10,000km² of the Kalahari, are nothing but salt. Some of the pans are enormous; others are the size of a small pond. Around these pans are rolling grasslands and the occasional picturesque palm-tree island. The main objective in visiting the Makgadikgadi National Park is not to view game, but to experience true remoteness and absolute isolation. It is vast, wild and beautiful. The subtle hues at sunset transform Makgadikgadi into a surreal wonderland, which is unlike anywhere else. During the day the dusty pans, with whirlwinds skirting across a seemingly endless desert, offer the best way to come face to face with true isolation. The variety of birdlife found in the Makgadikgadi area is outstanding. Birds that can be seen are white-backed and lappet-faced vultures, bateleurs, tawny and martial eagles, black-breasted snake eagle, lanner and red-footed falcons, gabar and pale chanting goshawks. Also seen are red-billed and orange river francolin, ostrich, secretary bird, guineafowl, black and red-crested korhaan, kori bustard, crowned plover, double-banded courser, spotted dikkop, all species of sandgrouse, giant eagle and pearl-spotted owls, lilac-breasted and purple rollers and large numbers of the hornbill species. The Makgadikgadi area contains large numbers of animals, especially zebra and wildebeest, who migrate to grasslands in the west of the park after the rains. During this migration animals accumulate in their thousands. The heavily wooded areas beside the river also contain shy antelopes like duiker and bushbuck. During the dry winter months, the migrations move westwards to the water available in the Boteti River but many desert-adapted creatures remain resident. These include meerkats, yellow mongoose, ground squirrel, aardwolf, African wildcat, caracal, spring hare, porcupine, steenbok, kudu, jackal, honey badger, genet and occasional lion. This is also the domain of the brown hyena, a shy and elusive creature, as well as suricates, aardvarks and small bustard species.
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Tau Pan

Tau Pan, opened on the 01 March 2009, has been designed to blend in with and complement the surrounding environment of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in the world (52,800 sq km’s) and for many years was closed to the public, hence it is known for being one of Africa’s last true wilderness areas. This is a place to experience solitude and to feel dwarfed by the expansive landscape that surrounds the camp.

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San Camp

San Camp overlooks the endless white salt of the extinct Makgadikgadi sea and offers a unique chance to explore the Kalahari A stay at San Camp is a true desert experience focusing on the area's geology, archaeology and anthropology as well as species unique to the area such as aardvark, gemsbok and springbok. San Camp is the only place where guests are virtually guaranteed to see the rare brown hyena and explore the Kalahari on walks with a gang of habituated but wild meerkats. Uncharted Africa Safari co. has taken the decision to consolidate their operations and postpone the opening of San Camp to 2010.

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Jack's Camp

Jack’s Camp is pitched on a low grassland knoll amongst an oasis of desert palms and Kalahari acacia. Situated alongside the awe-inspiring Ntwetwe Pan, this luxury camp is quite unique. It offers great game viewing alongside the pan which is a haven of birdlife in the wet months and attracts bigger game during the dry months. Jack's Camp was originally established in the 1960's by the late Jack Bousfield, who discovered this area whilst on a trapping expedition in the Makgadikgadi Pans. He saw the beauty of this land and developed his vision of a luxury camp under the palm trees.

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Nxai Pan

Nxai Pan is auniquely styled camp, overlooking a waterhole, on the edge of the Nxai Pan. Newly opened in February 2009, Nxai Pan is the only permanent camp within Nxai Pan National Park and is perfectly placed for guests wanting to visit this unique and beautiful area. Nxai Pan is a fossil lake-bed and therefore the landscape is largely covered by grassland, dotted with clusters of Acacia trees, with some mopane woodland in the north. During the rains, the pans become covered in grass and attract huge herds of antelope, and in turn predators.

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