Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Larger than France, with a fifth of Paris’s population – Botswana specialises in wide open spaces. And they don’t get any bigger than the Makgadikgadi salt pans. One of the world’s largest salt flats, the Makgadikgadi pans receive regular annual rainfall, and attract many seasonal waterbirds. But it’s those wide, wide open spaces that stay with you – the moonscape here gives you that classic African experience of nature’s immensity being all encompassing. You can’t help feeling just a bit tiny as you cruise along the flats on a quad bike, or indeed just stand here – the land stretching out to eternity all around you and the huge blue sky above. A stunning, elemental landscape, and a privilege to experience.