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Nxai Pan National Park

Tutume, Botswana
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Makgadikgadi Salt Pans Tutume  Botswana

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

The salt flats that remain from a once-monumental ancient lake aren’t as perennially lush as more storied parts of Botswana, yet they radiate an extraordinary stark beauty. This off-the-beaten-path area is southern Africa's most essential breeding site for greater and lesser flamingos, who flock here to feed on newly hatched shrimps and crustaceans when the summer rains turn the flats into a shimmering lake. Apart from such bird watching, memorable activities include communing with the adorable meerkats at Jack’s Camp—a collection of 10 luxury tents channeling old-time safari glamour—and admiring the iconic stands of baobab trees in Nxai Pan National Park.