Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pan National Parks

Wildlife Wanderer

As we all know water is crucial for all life, and even more essential in Kalahari Basin, especially at its core and lowest region – The Salt Pans. Boteti River running all year along the western boundary of Makgadikgadi National Park is a major source of wildlife sightings.

The number of Zebras in this park is astounding and antelopes of all different sizes migrate from inland towards Okavango and Chobe in rainy season after January to May.

The Salt Pans and surrounding savannah becomes abundant when the rains start falling in showers during late afternoons and evenings. Thousands and thousands of herbivores invade this area as a pit-stop location while predators,  including the big cats, follow them along. It is a land of small size wildcats as well. Spotting a Caracal and an African Wild Cat is always challenging, but chances are as high as Central Kalahari and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Elephants come mostly in gigantic sizes.

 

Nxai Pan with its vast plains, Boteti River with thick-branched trees also offers raptor sightings from  Eagles, Falcons, Hawks to Kestrels who are always on the scan of long grass for reptiles and rodents while the African Fish Eagles is scanning ponds and river channels for fish.

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