These immense, dry pans are an unusual safari experience, the best place to view cheetah, and good for meerkats, elusive wild cat, porcupine, aardwolf and honey badger. In the dry season the Makgadikgadi Pans are surreal in their moonlike appearance. In the rainy season it's all transformed; flamingoes in the pans, zebra migration and the black-maned kalahari lion. Simple tented camps allow a close-to-nature experience. Botswana.
Best time: From November to March when the rains bring grass to the semi-desert which attracts the animals - but it is very hot. April to October is very quiet in Makgadikgadi.
Access: Charter flight (30 mins) or drive from Maun