Makgadikgadi Quad Bike Expeditions
Join our epic quad bike expeditions to the Makgadikgadi saltpans, one of the largest saltpans in the world. Explore one of the most unique and untouched wilderness areas in Botswana. These expeditions are sensitive to the environment and are limited to small groups who want to experience the feeling of being out there. With experienced guides from the area we can explore the mighty Makgadikgadi. Depending on the season, we will embark these expeditions from Sowa and Ntwetwe Pans. Be prepared for an adventure of exploration using the only viable mode of transport, quad bikes.
This is truly a once in a lifetime experience that you will never forget.
The Makgadikgadi Pans
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, Mosetse 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 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 during the periods when the lake holds water, December to August depending on annual rains.
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 can blow across the pans during the dry months.
Few desert dwellers inhabit the grasslands surrounding the pans. These include red hartebeest, gemsbok, springbok, steenbok, kudu, giraffe, Burchell’s zebra, blue wildebeest, black-backed jackal, brown hyena, spotted hyena, lion, cheetah, wild dog and even elephant.
These areas have a rich cultural history and are inhabited by villagers and their livestock who live in this extreme environment. Archaeology shows that the Makgadikgadi Pans was inhabited by man when it was a super lake.
Minimum 4 nights
Exclusively for small groups - minimum 4 guests
Camping under the stars
Season depending Sowa Pan or Ntwetwe Pan
Drive/Fly in Fly out options depending on expedition area- fixed wing or helicopter
This expedition can be combined with our mobile safaris, Tailor-made and Luxury Under Canvas and/or fixed camps/lodges.