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Kalahari's Salt Pans
Kalahari's Salt Pans
Kalahari's Salt Pans
Kalahari's Salt Pans
Kalahari's Salt Pans
Kalahari's Salt Pans
Kalahari's Salt Pans

Most of the Kalahari is arid and untouched.

Experience the spectactar Kalahari

...where you might spot some wildlife...

...and enjoy nature at its finest

The Chobe - Kalahari zebra migration

Adventure and freedom in the Kalahari

An ancient culture, the San of the Kalahari

Kalahari's Salt Pans

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In the middle of the northern Kalahari lie a series of huge, flat salt pans.
In the dry season, these form vast expanses of dry, silvery salt.
In some places you see scrubby grass; in some nothing but the earth's curvature in salt ...
... and in other places you will spot islands of grass, dotted with palm trees.
The wildlife here is not usually dense - often it's the smaller things that are interesting ...
... birds like the yellow-billed hornbill ...
... and bands of playful meerkats.
There are just a couple of camps built right beside the pans...
... including the tiny San Camp, with its white-canvas tents in traditional styles.
The famous Jack's Camp is set up on a larger palm island ...
... beautifully constructed in a classical safari style.
Jack's Camp is more luxurious than it used to be, and recently even gained a swimming pool.
Activities on the pans range from walks guided by bushmen ...
... through quad biking excursions ...
... and 4WD trips which vary from short sorties to full-day drives ...
... sometimes with great dinners in the middle of nowhere on the pans.
The west side of Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is bounded by the often-dry Boteti River ...
... and beside this are one or two camps, including Meno A Kwena Tented Camp.
In the river valley in front of camp, there is a hide overlooking a busy waterhole ...
... which attracts some entertaining big game in the dry season.
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In the middle of the northern Kalahari lie a series of huge, flat salt pans.
In the middle of the northern Kalahari lie a series of huge, flat salt pans.
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In the dry season, these form vast expanses of dry, silvery salt.
In the dry season, these form vast expanses of dry, silvery salt.
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In some places you see scrubby grass; in some nothing but the earth's curvature in salt ...
In some places you see scrubby grass; in some nothing but the earth's curvature in salt ...
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... and in other places you will spot islands of grass, dotted with palm trees.
... and in other places you will spot islands of grass, dotted with palm trees.
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The wildlife here is not usually dense - often it's the smaller things that are interesting ...
The wildlife here is not usually dense - often it's the smaller things that are interesting ...
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... birds like the yellow-billed hornbill ...
... birds like the yellow-billed hornbill ...
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... and bands of playful meerkats.
... and bands of playful meerkats.
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There are just a couple of camps built right beside the pans...
There are just a couple of camps built right beside the pans...
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... including the tiny San Camp, with its white-canvas tents in traditional styles.
... including the tiny San Camp, with its white-canvas tents in traditional styles.
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The famous Jack's Camp is set up on a larger palm island ...
The famous Jack's Camp is set up on a larger palm island ...
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... beautifully constructed in a classical safari style.
... beautifully constructed in a classical safari style.
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Jack's Camp is more luxurious than it used to be, and recently even gained a swimming pool.
Jack's Camp is more luxurious than it used to be, and recently even gained a swimming pool.
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Activities on the pans range from walks guided by bushmen ...
Activities on the pans range from walks guided by bushmen ...
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... through quad biking excursions ...
... through quad biking excursions ...
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... and 4WD trips which vary from short sorties to full-day drives ...
... and 4WD trips which vary from short sorties to full-day drives ...
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... sometimes with great dinners in the middle of nowhere on the pans.
... sometimes with great dinners in the middle of nowhere on the pans.
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The west side of Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is bounded by the often-dry Boteti River ...
The west side of Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is bounded by the often-dry Boteti River ...
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... and beside this are one or two camps, including Meno A Kwena Tented Camp.
... and beside this are one or two camps, including Meno A Kwena Tented Camp.
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In the river valley in front of camp, there is a hide overlooking a busy waterhole ...
In the river valley in front of camp, there is a hide overlooking a busy waterhole ...
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... which attracts some entertaining big game in the dry season.
... which attracts some entertaining big game in the dry season.
LOLDIA HOUSE in RIFT VALLEY

Safaris visiting Kalahari Salt Pans

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Red Lechwe Safari

9 days • 3 locations
MAUN AIRPORT TO MAUN AIRPORT

Superb guiding from three fabulous camps full of character in three contrasting areas for a fabulous safari to the Okavango Delta and Kalahari Desert.

US$10,060 - US$16,820 per person

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African Jacana Safari

7 days • 3 locations
MAUN AIRPORT TO MAUN AIRPORT

An adventurous introduction to Botswana blending prolific wildlife, incredible landscapes and varied activities staying at relaxed camps in the Chobe Enclave, a community-owned reserve bordering the Moremi, and Makgadikgadi Pans.

US$6,140 - US$8,110 per person

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Where to stay in Kalahari Salt Pans

Our suggestions for safari camps in Kalahari's Salt Pans


Camp Kalahari

Camp Kalahari

Overlooking the Makgadikgadi Pans, Camp Kalahari is great value; come for quadbiking excursions on the salt pans, cute meerkats, excellent Bushman walks, and interesting 4WD safaris.


93% (45 reviews)
Nxai Pan Camp

Nxai Pan Camp

Offering good summer game viewing and visits to Baines Baobabs, the comfortable Nxai Pan Camp is currently the only permanent camp in Nxai Pan National Park.


91% (30 reviews)
Jack's Camp

Jack's Camp

Jack's Camp was the original camp in the Makgadikgadi area, and many still consider it the best. Come for a unique and memorable experience, but not for prolific game viewing.


89% (23 reviews)
San Camp

San Camp

The simple but stylish San Camp lies in a stunning location beside the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, where highlights are quadbiking, meerkats, and Bushmen walks.


97% (14 reviews)
Meno A Kwena

Meno A Kwena

Meno A Kwena Tented Camp is an old-style safari camp, run by an experienced Botswana expert. Overlooking the bed of the Boteti River, it's a great place to relax and watch wildlife at the camp's waterhole.


85% (13 reviews)
Leroo La Tau

Leroo La Tau

From the western bank of the Boteti River, Leroo La Tau overlooks the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, where game concentrations are highest from July to October.


100% (2 reviews)

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