Makgadikgadi Pans National Park or a game reserve
covers one of the largest salt flats in the World. It is situated in
the North- east Botswana, surrounded by the Kalahari desert, and
covers an area of 12 000 square kilometers. The best time to visit
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is during rainy season. Dry season
turns this nature reserve in an arid and dry desert. Most of animals
move out of region and the place pretty empty. However all this
changes with the arrival of rains. Rivers swell, grass begin to
bloom and two large pans, Sowa and Ntwetwe, draws thousands of birds
and animals. Hordes of wildebeest antelope and zebras cover the
grasslands. Hundreds of thousands of pink flamingos settle here. The
movement of their flocks in the air is truly breath taking and well
worth a visit.
Located at an altitude of about 900 meters above
sea level. Most of the depression is occupied by the salt lakes Soa
and Ntvetve, which turn into salt marshes in the dry season.
McGadikgadi - one of the largest salt lakes on Earth, ranks first in
the world in potash reserves. In the hollow is the Okavango River
Once there was a large lake in the hollow, covering an
area of more than 80,000 km² and having a depth of 30 meters. Such
rivers as Okavango, Zambezi, Quando flowed into the lake. It began
to dry out about 10,000 years ago.