The Makgadikgadi captures the heart and imagination with its startling, moonlike landscape and giant salt pans that crunch underfoot. It is mesmerising from the moment you approach the landing strip. An out of world experience awaits at this uncannily beautiful place. The Makgadikgadi is steeped in history with the intrepid explorer, David Livingstone, crossing the pans in the 19th century where his only beacon was a massive baobab tree, named Chapman’s Tree, which is believed to be over 3000 years old.
This area draws you in and will stay with you forever. For starters, there are places where you can pick up the tools which were reputedly last handled in the Stone Age, or where you can look around you and see nothing but the earth’s curvature. During the rainy season and attracted by the new and resplendent grass, there are vast herds of zebra and wildebeest following ancient migration routes. Rains filling the pans attract huge flocks of flamingos making the sky bright pink against the almost unnatural blue of the salt lakes and white banks. A chance to witness a relic of what was once one of the largest inland lakes Africa has ever had. A truly magical spectacle in every way and a ‘bucket list’ essential!
Features in the following itineraries
- Leslie Siben, India
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
- Jaime Benitez, South India