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Planet Baobab

Planet Baobab

Rooms reflecting tradition and true creativity
Makgadikgadi Salt PansBotswana· 18 Rooms · ££

Nestled amongst 17 Giant Baobabs

The traditional grass huts at Planet Baobab are constructed in the manner used by the first inhabitants of the Makgadikgadi – the Bushmen of Botswana.

Planet Baobab is located just north of the Makgadikgadi Pans, about 200km from Maun and a very short drive from the small village of Gweta. This series of pans are the remains of what used to be a huge ancient inland ocean. Planet Baobab is positioned about 1km from the main road that separates Maun and Francistown, its turn-off marked by a giant concrete aardvark, a feature that sets the tone for this lively camp!

Accommodation at Planet Baobab comprises eight twin bakalanga, or mud huts, which are based on a traditional San style (albeit equipped with the expected modern amenities, including en-suite shower rooms). There are also three large rondavels suitable for families. In addition to the bakalanga huts, there are seven traditional grass-thatch huts. These are smaller and lack en-suite facilities, but you are guaranteed a very comfortable night’ sleep on two single traditional mopane and cow hide beds. If you need the comforting presence of light the paraffin lamp will be welcome. There is a camping ground on site, and in peak season the lodge can be quite busy with campers in addition to those staying in the fixed accommodation.

Activities include Kalahari game drives, quad biking on the Pans, Baobab forest walks, local village and cattle post tours, and visits to the habituated meerkats. Don’t forget to try the local traditional sorghum beer.

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