The Etosha Pan covers a large part (23 %) of the Etosha National Park. It's 130 km long and 72 km wide.It consist of white sand and salt, and it attracts wildlife which require salt in their diet. The Pan was first discover by two Europeans that had been told it was a large lake, and they got really disappointed when they found it bone dry. The pan temporarily fills with water during wetter summer, attracting breeding flamingos, pelicans and other waterbirds. There is a San legend that tells of a group who strayed into Heiqum (another tribe) lands only to be surrounded by brutal hunters who killed all men and children. One of the young women rested under a tree with her dead child in her arms; she cried so much that her tears formed a giant lake. After the sun had dried her tears the ground was left covered in salt - and the Etosha Pan was formed.