The Pans of Makgadikgadi were once the centre of a great lake that has now been dry for more than two thousand years. Today it is thought to be the largest saltpan in the world. .

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After the summer rains the pans fill up to a depth of a few centimeters, alerting the fish and aquatic shrimps they have been lying dormant in the mud. This forms the breeding ground for the fabulous flamingos, pelicans and sometimes waders that are attracted by the rich food supply. The grasslands of Makgadikgadi National Park are home to a large number of antelope. These attract an impressive range of predators. The best time to visit this area to coincide with the migration is from December to March or in the dry season from April to October when the pans are dry.

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Best time for visiting Makgadikgadi and Desert

April to September

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