The Makgadikgadi Pans lie at the centre of the great prehistoric lake basin. At 12,000 square kilometres, these are amongst the world's largest salt pans. There is no vegetation on the surface and the pans fill with water after rains. These are fringed with grasslands that flourish after rain and attract herds of wildebeest and zebra.
The red dots show the safari camps we have used during our Botswana travels. Maun is the centre for safari travel and has been our hub for both trips. All the camps are serviced by light aircraft from Maun and have their own dirt strips.
The flying can be an adventure in itself. We were caught by wind shear on take off from Lebala and were most grateful the elephants have conveniently trimmed the mopane forest at the end of the runway.
Mashatu lies on the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers close to the South African and Zimbabwe borders.