The Makgadikgadi Pans, the world's largest salt pans, are the
most visible remnants of a superlake that was formed formed more
than five million years ago. The lake was once 30 metres (100 feet)
deep and covered a massive area, but climatic shifts started to
dry up Lake Makgadikgadi. Further evaporation turned the lake into
large pans and great grass plains which are are scenically stunning
every visitor is struck by the immensity of sky and horizon of the
From May through to November the Parks are home to herds of zebra,
springbok and wildebeest. When the rains arrive the grazing herds,
with lion, cheetah and hyeana following, move north across into
the extended Nxai Pan National Park.
Nxai Pan itself is an extensive grass plain, part of the old lake
bed, which is rather more generously covered with acacia trees.
At its best, Nxai Pan can offer the most spectacular game viewing.
In addition to the more common species such as zebra, springbok,
wildebeest and their predators, there can be exhilarating sights
of large herds of giraffe, gemsbok and eland.
Both dry season and wet season visits to this park are recommended
in order to witness the dramatic appearance of the pans at their
driest and to experience the transformation to a water wonderland,
and see the wildebeest and zebra migrations, in the wet season.