Quad biking on the Makgadikgadi Pans

Makgadikgadi and the Kalahari, Botswana

Staying in the Makgadikgadi during the dry season from May to November gives guests the opportunity to explore Botswana's salt pan by quad bike, a unique and fun adventure for the family.

Walks on the pans are an option, but by far the best way to explore these vast expanses of salt-crusted whiteness is on a quad bike. Your guide will take you to the quads, teach you how to tie your kikoy (length of African brightly coloured cotton) a la Jack Bousfield and then off you go. The quads can take a path right to the centre of the pans, and it's fascinating to just stop, get off the quad and walk around. As the pans are so flat you can walk for a long way in any direction, without losing sight of your companions.

The pans originally formed part of a superlake, which dried up many thousands of years ago - a walk will reveal many treasures including stone age tools, fossils and beautifully coloured rocks. It's interesting to go on a "treasure hunt" and then bring back what you find to the group so your guide can tell you all about it. A fascinating and inspiring day out!

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