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Reviewed October 24, 2016

We only did a afternoon drive to the western part of the pans, but the amount of wildlife seen in only 4-5 hours, completely blew our minds…
It wasn’t a question about: Which way to go, to try to find some animals! It was more about: Which animals do we want to see!? Because everything was so concentrated around the river – Girafs, wilderbeasts, zebras and elephants and all of them, in massive herds!

Even National Geografic was there, filming a new documentary of the area!

It’s so easy accessible, so there’s not a single reason for not to go there!

Date of experience: September 2016
3  Thank ErikKraft
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Reviewed October 2, 2016

We arrived at the Gweta entrance - no one in reception - waited 15 minutes, call out, knocked on doors! Finally filled in the guest register, left the entrance fee and a note and went on our merry way! An 80km route took us 7 hours in the most daunting 4x4 driving experience ever! Saw the most incredible game sights with kudu leaping over 2 metre electric fences! My advice here - definitely get a map and keep on those roads!

Date of experience: September 2016
3  Thank laurendan73
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Reviewed September 20, 2016

The salt pans are so unique! We were there in August, which meant dry season, I'm sure it's totally different when the rains come and fill it with water, shrimp and flamingos!

There were a lot of tire tracks in the pans, which I wondered if was a conservation issue? It seems delicate to me.

It's beautiful in a stark kind of way. The view over the pans was never-ending. We saw no other people and had the area to ourselves.

We saw Baines Baobabs, which are 3000 years old and learned lots about the area from our wonderful guide.

We also were able to visit some meerkats.

Really a wonderful experience - really Botswana!!

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank L8015XLdenisem
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Reviewed September 20, 2016

We did a sleep-out in the salt pan. spending the night under the stars in a bed-roll was a unique experience. The excellent service we got from the support team from Mena a Kwena was a further bonus.They arranged everything for us, including a long drop bathroom, excellent diner around the fireplace, and warm water in the morning to fresh up. They stayed well away from us during the night, around 300 meters, which added to the sensation of being alone in that magical emptiness under the millions of stars.

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank Jan-Tiny
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Reviewed September 15, 2016

This is a weird and wonderful landscape. We loved qud biking across this area and the sense of being geneuinely in the middle on nowhere

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Maggie K
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