Planet Baobab Campsite

Makgadikgadi Pans

Planet Baobab Campsite
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As a tailor-made tour operator, we often have to get creative when designing your perfect itinerary.

For example, your travel consultant might add this property to your itinerary if:

Location is a significant factor
It offers a unique feature that will enhance your experience
This is a last-minute booking and room availability is limited
Cost is a factor and you'd rather splash out on another part of your trip
This is a newly opened or refurbished property that we have not inspected yet

When designing your custom itinerary we have much to consider not least of which is the value proposition of every product and service included in your quote. In all cases we strive to give you the best experience possible within your budget so please feel free to ask your travel consultant to share their reasons for including this property in your itinerary.

Quirky and colourful, the clay painted walls and thatched lapas emulate the adjacent Gweta Village. Like a homestead, you are welcomed here by the friendly staff and an oversized aardvark, not a real one, a ginormous sculpture. You can’t miss it.

From the pans, you are 40 kilometres away, which makes this the ideal place to base yourself to explore the Makgadikgadi. One of the largest salt flats in the world. Amidst the middle of this dry savanna in north-eastern Botswana, Planet Baobab’s swimming pool has a reputation that precedes itself and for good reason. Its’ cool blue waters beckon from the arid Kalahari.

This is the land of the baobab, in fact there are 17 giant ones found in the area. Go see them. It’s a must, since they are after all, the world’s largest succulents. That’s right. They aren’t actually trees. Meet the habituated meerkats, taste traditional Batswana food (you can eat at the lodge if you don’t want to self-cater) and of course you should go see the pans. They’re vast and incredible. If you can do it by quad bike, great. If you can sleep out on the Ntwetwe Pan (in the dry season), even better.

Among the ant hills and red Kalahari sands, enjoy the starry skies, the immense white expanse of what used to be a lake some thousands of years ago and in the wet season, the masses of zebra and wildebeest as they migrate south.  

This is a special place and Planet Baobab although rudimentary, with all its flair and African charm, is one you will remember for sure.

Facilities

Shaded overlander and public campsites with shared ablutions; showers with hot water; electricity; braai areas for cooking

Swimming pool; sun loungers; thatched lapas; bar; restaurant; braai areas; fire pit and WiFi (at a small surcharge)

Activities

Planet Baobab offers loads of activities and you are welcome to join and book activities with the lodge.

This is the ideal place to find yourself if you want to explore the Makgadikgadi Pan and being family-friendly, there’s plenty on offer to keep the kids entertained and educated. That’s if they don’t just opt to spend all day in the Kalahari’s finest swimming pool.

Visit the local villages, delight yourself in trying traditional Batswana cuisine and experience the habituated meerkats. Go see the fossils of the Nxai Xini Pans, discover Chapman’s Baobab and head off on a baobab bush walk. Go quad biking or sleep out on the Ntwetwe Pan in the dry season (April to October) and in the wet season (November to March) you could catch the zebra and wildebeest migration.

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