On the eastern fringes of the Kalahari lies a collection of huge fossilised salt pans – desolate flat landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see. Surrounding the pans are expanses of grass and thorn trees, with the odd island of palm trees. It’s a picturesque landscape, very photogenic and definitely for the traveler that is looking beyond the Big 5.
The most popular are the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (including Sua Pan – and its rocky Kubu Island, bedecked in massive baobab trees) and Nxai Pans (where you will find the famous and starkly stunning Baines’ Baobabs).
Wildlife viewing is highly seasonal and dependent on water – with some of the pans flooding in January to March each year (rain dependent), resulting in a flush of grass, flowers and flocks of greater flamingos arriving to breed. This is also when the unpredictable wildebeest and zebra migration arrives to take advantage of the food and water – the 2nd largest zebra migration in the world, after the Maasai Mara migration. During dry times the wildlife that moves around the area in search of sustenance includes lion, cheetah, brown and spotted hyenas, springbok, hartebeest, ostrich, elephant and smaller species like black-backed jackal, African wildcat and bat-eared fox.
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