Makgadikgadi Pans forms part of the Kalahari Basin.

The Makgadikgadi Pans are all that remains of what was once an enormous prehistoric lake. It forms part of the Kalahari Basin and with an area of 12,000 sq kms, is one of the largest salt pans on Earth. It is a desolate and arid wasteland for much of the year, too salty to support much vegetation or wildlife, apart from a fringe of sparse grassland and the towering silhouette of baobab trees. Come the wet season however, the desert becomes a powder blue lake as the falling rains are supplemented with water from seasonal river flows and grassy plains grow lush and verdant.

The water and fresh grazing attracts huge herds of zebra and wildebeest on their westward migration to the Boteti region, as well as tens of thousands of flamingos. Other wildlife include gemsbok, eland and red hartebeest, as well as kudu, bushbuck, duiker, giraffe, springbok, steenbok, and even elephant, with all the accompanying predators, including the rare brown hyena.

Featured Camp

Jack’s Camp sits in a grove of mokolwane palm trees with sweeping views of the Makgadikgadi.

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Jack's Camp

Jack’s Camp has nine tented suites and is reminiscent of a traditional 1940s East African safari settlement.

San Camp

The striking white campaign tents of the San Camp sit serenely in a reef of palm trees in a private concession.

Camp Kalahari

Camp Kalahari is an elegant but family-friendly base for experiencing the wonders of the Makgadikgadi Pans.

Jack's Camp

Jack’s Camp has nine tented suites and is reminiscent of a traditional 1940s East African safari settlement.

San Camp

The striking white campaign tents of the San Camp sit serenely in a reef of palm trees in a private concession.

Camp Kalahari

Camp Kalahari is an elegant but family-friendly base for experiencing the wonders of the Makgadikgadi Pans.

Jack's Camp

Jack’s Camp has nine tented suites and is reminiscent of a traditional 1940s East African safari settlement.

San Camp

The striking white campaign tents of the San Camp sit serenely in a reef of palm trees in a private concession.

Camp Kalahari

Camp Kalahari is an elegant but family-friendly base for experiencing the wonders of the Makgadikgadi Pans.

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"Everything was incredible, even better than the first trip. We knew Mala Mala [in the Sabi Sand, South Africa] was a special place, and now we have added Xaranna [in the Okavango Delta, Botswana] to our list… it was pure magic. Truly, a once in a lifetime experience."

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"Our experiences were overwhelmingly wonderful and we will treasure so many memories forever. We were extremely lucky to see so many animals that are not easy to see including, leopard, cheetah and the African painted dogs – what made it so authentic was watching the trackers and guides enjoy the surprise of many experiences with us."

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"We visited South Africa, Zambia, and Botswana. The accommodations were next level. There are no adequate words to describe the experience in the bush with the Big 5 and beyond. The people are the most gracious, appreciative, and kind I’ve ever encountered. If you want a worry free, experience of a lifetime you must use Timelines Africa. I can’t wait to go back!!"

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"Everything was incredible, even better than the first trip. We knew Mala Mala [in the Sabi Sand, South Africa] was a special place, and now we have added Xaranna [in the Okavango Delta, Botswana] to our list… it was pure magic. Truly, a once in a lifetime experience."

Carrie | South Africa & Botswana Trip

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"Our experiences were overwhelmingly wonderful and we will treasure so many memories forever. We were extremely lucky to see so many animals that are not easy to see including, leopard, cheetah and the African painted dogs – what made it so authentic was watching the trackers and guides enjoy the surprise of many experiences with us."

Mike & Frances | Zimbabwe, South Africa & Botswana Trip

Guest Feedback
"We visited South Africa, Zambia, and Botswana. The accommodations were next level. There are no adequate words to describe the experience in the bush with the Big 5 and beyond. The people are the most gracious, appreciative, and kind I’ve ever encountered. If you want a worry free, experience of a lifetime you must use Timelines Africa. I can’t wait to go back!!"

Chari-Beth, USA | South Africa, Zambia & Botswana Trip

Guest Feedback
"Everything was incredible, even better than the first trip. We knew Mala Mala [in the Sabi Sand, South Africa] was a special place, and now we have added Xaranna [in the Okavango Delta, Botswana] to our list… it was pure magic. Truly, a once in a lifetime experience."

Carrie | South Africa & Botswana Trip