Wild things, I think I love you


Wild things, I think I love you

FREE TO READ | Magical Makgadikgadi and Meno A Kwena, Botswana

Alison Foat

When it comes to the quintessential off-the-beaten-track safari, Botswana is the business. A country a third the size of SA, it has 25% of untrammelled wilderness set aside for reserves and national parks. 

When the late explorer and crocodile hunter Jack Bousfield asked what lay in the Makgadikgadi of Botswana, he was told: “Nothing. Only idiots go there.” “Fine,” he said, “that’s the place for me.” 

Located beneath Chobe in the northeast part of the Kalahari Basin, the Makgadikgadi spans more than 30,000km² and comprises vast grass plains, baobab forests and the Sua, Nxai and Ntwetwe saltpan complexes, believed to be the remnant of a prehistoric super-lake. The bleached flatlands shimmer by day, morph into a silvery moonscape by night, and possess an ancient aura that invariably sends a hush over visitors the first time they encounter it...

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