General The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park was set up to protect the fragile environment around the Salt Pans which extend into the southern section of the Park. The village of Khumaga is located on the northern border of the Park and this has resulted in an ongoing conflict between livestock and Lions which often leave the Park to hunt the easy-to-catch livestock. A controversial fence has recently been built to prevent the Lions from leaving the Park.
Location Bordering the Boteti River in the north and covering the northern tip Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in the south this Park, whilst not having as high a concentration of game as other areas, is well worth exploring. The vast expanse of the Makgadikgadi Pans is a sight to behold with salt-baked sands stretching as far as the eye can see. The southern section of the Park is mostly flat grassland with sparse shrub however the northern section along the Boteti river is wooded with lush vegetation. Wildlife The Makgadikgadi Pans, when in flood during the summer, attract vast flocks of Flamingos and Pelicans as well as other waterbirds however, during the dry season this section of the Park is less rewarding. The currently dry Boteti river, to the north, has a number of Hippo pools which attract game such as Wildebeest, Zebra and the inevitable Lions. The Zebra migration from Phuduhudu to the Khumaga area of the Park is one of the highlights of this area with large herds of Zebra filling the air with their calls.
Camping There are two campsites in the Park. The Njuca hills (little more than mounds but any rise in the ground is significant in this flat landscape) in the south has two campsites with a bush toilet as the only facility. Khumaga campsite in the north has 5 campstands and is pleasantly situated overlooking the Boteti river bed. There is no water available at Njuca hills and the Khumaga water has a strong sulphur smell and is unsuitable for drinking.