In the middle of the dry savanna of north-eastern Botswana is Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. The National Park is home to the Makgadikgadi Pan – one of the largest salt flats in the world. Makgadikgadi is made up of a series of pans with the two largest being Sowa and Ntwetwe.
Salt flats or salt pans are large areas of flat ground covered in a layer of salt and other minerals. Makgadikgadi Pans is believed to be the remains of the ancient great lake Makgadikgadi.
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is an amazing reserve in the largest sand basin in the world. Established in 1961 it covers an area of 52,800 km², making it the second largest game reserve in the world. Home of the San Bushmen, the reserve also provides fresh grasslands for a large variety of wildlife during the rainy season.
The reserve contains wildlife such as giraffe, brown hyena, warthog, cheetah, wild dog, leopard, lion, blue wildebeest, eland, gemsbok, kudu and red hartebeest. The land is mostly flat and gently undulating, with bush and grasses covering the sand dunes, and areas of larger trees. Many of the river valleys are fossilized with salt pans.
The reserve is unique for its vast open spaces and endless skies. It is simply mesmerising, especially on a clear, starry night.