Day tour to Makgadikgadi Pans (the salt flats) in central Botswana
6 August 2006
Tour to the salt flats in central Botswana where salt lakes create a unique ecosystem home to many different birds, including pelicans. The spectacular landscape is dominated by dried salt lakes, where coloful sunsets creates an environment that looks like another planet.
Driving from Nata to Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana desert, over narrow paved roads and tracks.
Salt lake pictures. After several hours driving, we finally reach the first salt lake, extending about 200 km northward.
The salt lake in home to several pelicans and the bird life is generally very interesting.
The day continues driving to a dried salt lake. This is the road from Nata to Maun (Botswana), seen from a gas station.
After a while, we leave the main road again. Top-left picture: a group of flamingoes, still white because they are too young. Top picture: wood is purchased from a street vendor; it will be necessary the next evening to keep ourselves warm, sitting around the camp in the cold salt flat. Left picture: the dry landscape all around.
The road becomes again just a narrow unpaved track, while wil spot female ostrichs that can be observed along the way.
Termites build their home ( Mound or " termitaria " ) orienting it always eastward. This is useful to maximize the surface exposed to the sun, and thence to accumulate more heat.
A nice baobab, with vultures on top.
We finally reach a salt flat.
Salt flats pictures. The salt flat is really immense and looks like as a salt desert. This region of Botswana doesn't host much wildlife, except birds, but it's spectacular because of the landscape and it's a nice addition to any safari tour to Botswana.
The surface of the salt flat.
African sunset among the salt flats.
In the direction opposite to sunset, the sky is filled with pastel-like colors. This Botswana sunset is so spectacular that I will never forget it!
The night in the middle of Botswana desert is very cold (quite close to freezing point), the fire is a very welcome addition in our camp !
The sunrise over the salt flats the next morning, just spectacular like the yesterday sunset !
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