Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Makgatigati salt pans part 3: waking up on the pans

We woke up just in time to see the sun rise over the pans. I have to confess a nerdy secret: when I first woke up I sleepily rolled over to Julia and said, “wow, the pans really look like sebhorrheic dermatitis (an inflammatory condition that causes flaky, scaly skin).”
Seb Derm anyone?
Our bedroom
Camp in the morning

I should probably explain that the Makgatigati salt flats (one of the largest salt flats in the world) are actually several flats connected by sandy desert. They are the remnant of what used to be a lake bigger than Switzerland. During the wet season they will be covered with water and grass but during the winter season they are dry and flaky (cough, cough seb derm). We stayed on the Nwetwe pan. 

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