In Search of Flamingos

After we had a few rain storms we headed out to the small salt pans just to the west of us. The small pans hold water for a while, which attracts flocks of flamingos, which is such a stunning sight.

Not that we found our favorite spot, we call “Flamingo Bay’, we did find plenty of water, flamingos and some lovely new pans that we haven’t seen before.

Flamingos Makgadikgadi Salt Pans Botswana

100_3224We eventually gave up looking for “Flamingo Bay” and stopped at a stunning little pan in the middle of nowhere. A small flock of flamingos were feeding in the shallows. What a perfect place to have breakfast.

This time of the year it is amazing to see how the bush just transforms from looking almost dead and barren to  green lush and full of wild flowers. Sue loves taking pictures of the flowers so below are a collection of her photo’s.


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7 Responses to In Search of Flamingos

  1. Suki says:

    Greetings to you all – Lovely flower pictures Sue. Isn’t nature amazing – such beauty and so delicate in that harsh environment. Pete do those pans come and go with the rains? If so where do the Flamingos go when they are dry?

    • PeteMorrie says:

      Hi Suki

      The pans are always there – but they do dry out. When they do the flamingos will move to more permanent water, which could be Lake Xau (Boteti), or much further. They are attracted to the pans, because the minerals and food they find there. They also like the fact there are very few people in the area.

      They also nest on the pans. Nesting areas are virtually impossible to get to, even on foot. Even hyenas don’t venture into such areas, until they start drying out. Guess that’s why they nest where they do.


  2. Drew Meikle 0836305131 says:

    Hey Pete, when will you next be in KZN. Would love to hook up with you for a beer. All the best for 2014. Drew Meikle

  3. Bridgette & Geoffrey Flint says:

    Life doesn’t get much tougher! Love Sue’s flowers Luv bx

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