Expedition Magkgadikgadi 2017
Join our 1 off 16 night/17 day epic Expedition on one of the largest saltpans in the world, the Makgadikgadi Pans. Riding across the vast space on ATVs – quad bikes –YAMAHA 350cc Grizzlies 2x4.
This is truly a once in a lifetime experience that you will never forget.
The harsh climate, temperatures are extreme, winds are fierce, vegetation is scarce and water, when present, is salty – this will be a wild adventure!
Fly into Maun 5th June – fly out of Maun 22nd June 2017
US$9 500.00 per person for the expedition – 16 nights/17 days all inclusive
Maximum 6 guests
The Makgadikgadi Pans
One of the largest saltpans in the world, the Makgadikgadi Pan complex in Botswana stretches out over 12,000 km2. Surrounded by the semi-arid Kalahari savannas, the pans experience a harsh climate, hot with little rain, and are normally a vast, glaring expanse of salt-saturated clay. These pans are sustained by freshwater from the Nata River, and more infrequently, from input from the Okavango Delta by way of the Boteti River. Salt- and drought-tolerant plant species line the pans, with grasslands further out. A wide variety of wildlife can be found on the grasslands, including ungulates and large predators. The pans are also the only viable breeding site for flamingos in Southern Africa, and harbor a variety of other bird species.
The pans have a harsh climate, with high diurnal and seasonal temperature ranges. Midday summer temperatures average around 35°C and reach a maximum of 44°C. Winter is a long, dry period of sunshine and cloudless days with midday temperatures up to 17°C, dropping to a low of – 8°C at night. In late winter, high velocity winds blow across the pans, restricting visibility.
Animals inhabit the grasslands surrounding the pans. These include red hartebeest, gemsbok, springbok, steenbok, kudu, giraffe, Burchells zebra, blue wildebeest, black-backed jackal, brown hyaena, spotted hyaena, lion, cheetah, wild dog and even elephant along the Boteti River. During the dry winter season, when surface water throughout the Makgadikgadi Pans dries up, the large mammals congregate around the permanent pools along the Boteti River. After good rains they move away from the river in search of better grazing, usually north to the Nxai Pan National Park. They return to the river when the rains cease, usually in early May.