The Best of Botswana
Botswana is a stable and prosperous African country. Thirty-eight percent of the country's land has been set aside for conservation. Ride in a mokoro in Chobe National Park to view hippos, crocodiles, and elephants up close. Spend a night sleeping under the stars in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Learn basket weaving from the Wayeyi people in the Okavango Delta. These are the unique ways travelers can connect with Botswana's people and wildlife.

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Exploring the Makgadikgadi salt pans by quad bike

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While staying at Jack's Camp in the Kalahari Desert, guests are treated to a fun way to explore the largest single salt pan on earth - in the middle of the savannah in northeastern Botswana - the Makgadikgadi Pan. Once the sun starts to set, guests jump on quad bikes and head out far into the pan. Not much lives out on the pan at all, so the scenery is quite unique and there isn't any sound. Once you get out far enough, the guides let guests walk in opposite direction and let you become one with the environment. You just take it all in - as far as the eye can see - just salt pan. It's beautiful and serene. The sunset was wonderful. After the sun had set, we jumped back on our quads and rode to the edge of the pan where the camp had set up a blazing fire and cocktail bar, where we sat around and had drinks with the guides.

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by John Galante
AFAR Staff
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