Part of the North Eastern region of the Kalahari basin the Magagikgadi Pans are an extensive network of salt pans and ephemeral lakes. The Magadikgadi Pans National Park is situated roughly between Francistown and Nata.
Both wet and dry seasons have their wonders but it is the rainy season which transforms this dry and arid place into a water wonderland of scenic beauty. The water brings with it zebra and wildebeest migartions which are a spectacle to behold.
Nata and Francistown are popular overnight stops with self drive visitors on their way to Maun or Chobe. If you have the time Magikgadi and its sister par Nxai pans are well worth at least a few nights to discover one of the least talked about wonders of Africa - vast open spaces with only nature for company.