The Makgadikgadi Pans were part of one of the great lakes that covered most of Botswana. Due to geological changes, the lakes dried up thousands of years ago, creating a flat and arid landscape covering some 12,000 square kilometres, now one of the largest salt flats on the planet. A stay here ensures a solitary and remote experience, with the desert best explored on horse-back or by quad bike. The area’s cheeky meerkat population is one of the biggest wildlife attractions, while other species to be spotted include zebra, wildebeest, lion, elephant and ostrich. The area is also home to generations of San tribesmen, offering an eye-opening insight into how they survive in this barren landscape.
The Makgadikgadi combines perfectly with a luxury safari holiday to the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park.
Meet the Zu/'hoasi Bushmen
Join the Zu/’hoasi Bushmen on an interactive walk, learning how the people of this ancient tribe have survived for centuries in the desert environment through their knowledge of plants, desert wildlife and survival skills.
No matter what your ability or experience, enjoy another perspective of the desert on a horse-back safari. Choosing to ride by horse rather than vehicle allows you to get much closer to other species, while really showcasing the remoteness of this unique region.
Experience the vastness of the lunar-like desert on a quad-bike adventure, perhaps stopping to camp beneath the clear night sky and marvel at the stars above.
The green season (from January to March) sees the world's second biggest migration of wildebeest and zebra crossing the desert. During the dry season (April to September) the days can get hot and the evenings very cold, with the terrain great for quad biking.
Your Luxury Travel Specialist will advise the best travel arrangements according to your bespoke itinerary.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
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Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
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Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
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