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    David John Williams
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    My first thought on seeing your lead photo in the February 2018 issue of the magazine was, “Why are you driving on a salt pan? Your tracks will stay there for years, spoiling the sight for all future visitors.”

    We recently spent time in the Mabuasehube area, and came across a pan where somebody had driven straight across. Sis!

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    PieterOosthuizen
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    “It is wrong to assume the Makgadikgadi is the same as a typical Kalahari pan, which
    will bake in the sun for years afterwards, showing the scars left by a vehicle. I, for one, do not drive on those smaller Kalahari pans. Makgadikgadi is so expansive that it can be seen from outer space. Of course people will drive on it – to explore. Most of us do this in the dry season, leaving no scars at all. However, sometimes, as on this occasion, you get caught out by the rain.

    The Makgadikgadi is a very shallow ancient lake which fills up in most areas during the summer rains. If it were not for this seasonal weather, there would be zillions of car tracks all over the place. This is not the case. I don’t like seeing my own tracks imprinted on the pan, but when the rains come, I know they will disappear.

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