The Makgadikgadi, the largest salt pan expanse you find in the world. They are to the northeast of the Kalahari Desert and southeast of the Okovango Delta. It used to be an inland sea. Would it not dry up after the rain season, it would be an immense inland sea on earth. The pans are rivaled only by the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. At certain times of the year, The Salar de Uyuni has nearby lakes that overflow. A thin layer of the water transforms the flats into a fantastic reflection of the sky. Undoubtedly almost like an enormous mirror for as far as the eye can see.
During the dry seasons, Botswana’s giant salt pan is bone dry. However, during the wet season, it turns into an enormous wetland for migrating wildebeest and zebra. This spectacular wildlife migration brings as well the predators. The waters will then become the homes for ducks, geese, pelicans, and the famous flamingos. Just one of the two breeding spots in southern Africa for the vibrant pink birds.
Scientists estimate that in the Makgadikgadi salt pans, the dried-up inland sea once spanned anywhere from 80,000 – 275,000 square kilometers / 49,709 – 170,877 square miles.