Makgadikgadi Salt Plains

Trip Start Dec 23, 2007
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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Today we headed out to the Makgadikgadi salt pans, which is the 2nd largest in world (next to the one in Bolivia). It's over 60,000 sq km and serves as a defacto bird sanctuary.  We took our monster truck out to a small lake in the pans and then had the opportunity to walk out to the water and see the thousands of flamingos in action, as well as a pair of ostriches running through the bush.  After an afternoon break, we drove out to the other side of the pans, where we would be camping wild for the night in total isolation on a pure white salt field underneath the starry skies. 

Highlights included riding on top of our monster truck, dodging branches (which was continually called out "BRANCHES"), stopping at the giant baobab tree (the Africans choice as the tree of Africa) to gather firewood, kids yelling for SWEETS, a beautiful African sunset, camping on the crusty salt pans, our first of many campfires, an idyllic sunrise over the white pans, and the chilly ride out of Makgadikgadi to the supply town of Maun.
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