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Ten reasons why you should explore the Makgadikgadi Pans

Located southeast of the Okavango Delta and surrounded by the Kalahari Desert, the Makgadikgadi Pans is a salt pan situated in the middle of the dry savanna in north-eastern Botswana.

For the majority of the year, the Makgadikgadi Pans is extremely desolate, waterless and arid. However, during the wet season, Makgadigadi offers excellent wildlife viewing, as large herds of zebra and wildebeest begin their westward trek towards the Boteti region.

If you’re planning a Botswana safari, here are 10 reasons why you should explore the Makgadikgadi Pans.

Happy Friday to all you cool Kats from the Kalahari and beyond! �� @silverless

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The world in one year. Day 142. We got one world. We got one chance to save it. Just 1 000 kilometers northeast from the Kruger Park in South Africa we find another great place for meeting the gracious zebras. Nxai and Makgadikgadi pan in the northern Kalahari desert in Botswana is every summer - when the rainy season occurs - visited by tens of thousands of zebras who come here when the normally dry pans for a few short months bloom into in tasty vegetation. During guide training I sat here out on the pans for hours and hours just watching these fantastic animals interact with each other. And when danger knocks on the door they run. They run like crazy. A full grown zebra can outrun most predators hitting top speed at impressive 65 kmph. And what's even more impressive is that the foals can run with the rest of the heard within hours of their birth. Compare that to us humans that learns how to walk after a year of being born. The world of the wilderness and wildlife just never fails to impress. About time we do something to save it. Photo of the galloping zebras is taken one lovely morning in February 2012, in Makgadikgadi, Botswana, on guide training assignment. #theworldinoneyear #doffmedia #travelphotography #traveljournalism #savetheplanet #oneworld #doffgoesoutdoor #doff #africa #botswana #wilderness #adventure #photography #canon #nature #likeforlike #naturephotography #landscapephotography #wildlife #wildlifephotography #canon_photos #kalahari #gallop #followme #zebra #run #wwf #photography #danger #friends #safari #wilderness @theworldinoneyear @wwf @naturkompaniet @unchartedafrica

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One of the most epic camping spots ever. . . . . . . #wanderlust #digitalnomad #uncharteredafrica #botswana #locationindependent #planetbaobad

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About Jarred Manasse

Manasse is the owner of Write For You, offering freelance copywriting services in Cape Town. He is also the content manager for Encounters Travel, a UK-based travel agency who offers adventure tours and small group holidays all over the globe.

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