The grasslands of the Kalahari and the lunar-like expanse of the Makgadikgadi saltpans highlight the sheer diversity of Botswana’s terrain. So much so that it can at times be hard to believe you are on the same continent let alone the same country as the Okavango wetlands.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • You can take a trip out on the Makgadikgadi Pans at night to watch the planetarium show unfold overhead with horizon-to-horizon stars
  • We can arrange walks with Zu'hoasi Bushmen trackers for a glimpse into their ancient culture.

Original Highlight

The Kalahari Desert has for thousands of years been the traditional home of the legendary Bushmen - and a morning with them is one of the fascinating experiences I've ever had.

Ra, Original Traveller

A note on price

Skinted: Three nights in the Makigadikgadi Pans and three in the Delta (low season), plus international flights, will cost you around £6,000. Minted: a ten-day trip consisting of three nights in the Pans, three nights in the Delta and three nights further north, in the Linyanti, will cost more like £12,000. Learn more about our pricing

What to do in The Kalahari & Makgadikgadi Pans

Kubu Quad Biking

Kubu Quad Biking

Quad biking is just one way to experience a Botswana safari, and by far one of the most exhilarating. Our five night departure includes two nights under the stars on Kubu Island, and we recommend combining it with three nights at either Jack’s Camp, San Camp or Camp Kalahari to make the most of a quad biking adventure.

Kubu Quad Biking

Where to stay in The Kalahari & Makgadikgadi Pans

Jacks Camp, luxury camp in Botswana, Africa

Jack's Camp

An oasis of comfort in the middle of Botswana’s Kalahari desert, Jack’s Camp is pitched on a low grassland knoll in an oasis of desert palms and Kalahari acacia, and is one of the original luxury camps in the area.

Jack's Camp
San Camp

San Camp

Following a major revamp in 2011, San Camp has the art of pared down safari elegance down to a tee.

San Camp
Meno A Kwena

Meno A Kwena

Owned and run by expert guide and Botswana legend David Dugmore, Meno A Kwena is an authentic tented camp with bags of character. Located on high cliffs overlooking the Boteti River, the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park’s western boundary, Meno A Kwena was designed to take full advantage of the most incredible view in Botswana.

Meno A Kwena
Camp Kalahari

Camp Kalahari

Jack Bousfield, a legendary hunter and crocodile catcher, spent many years exploring the remoter parts of Botswana, and set up a camp on the ‘shores’ of the Makgadikgadi Saltpans. Now his son Ralph has created a camp here among the acacias and Mokolwane palms on Hyena Island, on the edge of the ancient super lake and adjacent to the Makgadikgadi National Park – Camp Kalahari.

Camp Kalahari
Young Explorers Camp Kalahari

Young Explorers Camp Kalahari

This is a specially designed safari offering families the opportunity to discover the rich culture of the San Bushmen who live in the Kalahari, and the desert-adapted animals in this extraordinary environment.

Young Explorers Camp Kalahari
Ride Makgadikgadi Pans

Ride Makgadikgadi Pans

Yes, yes, the Okavango Delta offers incredible scenery and extraordinary wildlife encounters, but there are other places to visit – and ride – in Botswana. Take the ancient and parched lunar expanse of the Makgadikgadi salt pans.

Ride Makgadikgadi Pans

Details for The Kalahari & Makgadikgadi Pans

A little more info


We would certainly suggest a luxury holiday to Botswana to include desert as well as delta, and during the green season (November - April) the area becomes a lush fresh food source, attracting tens of thousands of springbok, gemsbok and wildebeest, giraffe and, of course, their predators. This is also home to the second largest migration in Africa - the Zebra migration that takes place during this time. The Kalahari also has the last of the traditional Bushman (San) communities, some of the only people on earth who can survive in a land without permanent water.


The Makgadikgadi Pans are the remains of the world's largest super lake and are like nowhere else on Earth. The onset of rain here forms shallow lakes that attract not only animals but also spectacular birdlife including thousands of flamingos, pelicans and cranes.

During the dry season (May - October) the grasslands turn to gold and only the hardy, rare and fascinating desert adapted species - unique to the Kalahari - such as the brown hyena, meerkat and springbuck remain.

The camps and lodges in this area have developed ways of exploring during both seasons, with quad-biking, walking and 4x4s just some of the options and also recently launched horseback safaris in to the pans.

Weather in January January February March April May June July August September October November December
  • Average Temp. — 25°C / 77°F
  • Rainfall — 8cm / 3.3 inches
Flight from London

10:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +2 hrs

Ra and Fee are our The Kalahari & Makgadikgadi Pans experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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