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Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi Salt Pan, Botswana

20.8S 25.3E

July 25th, 2010 Category: Rivers, Salt Flats

Botswana - April 17th, 2010

Botswana - April 17th, 2010

The Okavango Delta, an inland delta that forms where the Okavango River spills onto the Kalahari Desert sands in Botswana, can be seen in the upper left corner.

Lying southeast of the Okavango Delta and surrounded by the Kalahari desert is the Makgadikgadi Pan, a large salt pan in the middle of the dry savanna of north-eastern Botswana. It is one of the largest salt flats in the world.

Makgadikgadi is technically not a single pan but many pans with sandy desert in between, the largest being the Sua (Sowa), Ntwetwe and Nxai Pans. The largest individual pan is about 1,900 sq mi (4,921.0 km2).

By way of comparison, Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is a single salt flat of 4,100 sq mi (10,619.0 km2), rarely has much water, and is generally claimed to be the world’s largest salt pan.

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