Planet Baobab

Funky and inexpensive gateway to the makgadikgadi area and meerkats

Makgadikgadi
2018
$75 - $100

 

Makgadikgadi - DRY Camp

Price Range (2018)

$75 - $100

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Our Highlights

  • Budget accommodated near the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans interaction
  • Huge Pool
  • Cool atmosphere with a "funky" bar
  • Quadbiking and habituated Meerkats
  • Trips to Kubu island

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Probably the most unusual accommodation in Botswana, this funky and cool place is part of the Uncharted Africa family that gives you some of the most up-market lodges in the country. Planet Baobab is designed for the self driver, or overland market that wish to get close to the salt pans without paying prices beyond their means.

 

The camp sits just off the tar road somewhere between Nxai Pan National Park and Makgadikgadi Pans, therefore it is an ideal locational stop off. Various types of accommodation suits all types of budget and there is a funky bar and huge swimming pool to keep you busy.

 

Plenty of excursions are laid before you to temp you, they do include marvelous quad biking to the pans and spending time with habituated meerkats.

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Camp Detail

Camp Style

Dry Camp. Bushman walk and meerkat experience. Seasonal Quadbiking

Location

Pubic Camp near the Salt Pans

How do I get there

Self Drive or road transfer are available

Lodge Type

Public camp with lots of accommodation options

Whats Included

 

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast

Whats Not Included

 

  • Travel to and from the lodge
  • Private Vehicles
  • Personal Expenses
  • Premium Imported Drinks
  • Tips
  • All other foods and drinks
  • All Activities

Child Policy

 

Children of all ages accepted with conditions

 

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Wildlife

Land activities

Water activities

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Wildlife & Activities

 

Wildlife

 

It is perfectly possibly to see elephant near or around camp together with perhaps the odd zebra, however Planet baobab is not in a central wildlife location and is used more as a base from which to depart to richer environs.

Activities

DAY DRIVES

WALKING

QUADBIKING

BUSHMEN

MEEKATS

The Camp

Camp Overview

 

Follow the side road pointed out by that anteater snout and you will discover the intriguingly named “Planet Baobab”. The Baobab capital of the world: where the average age of each tree is 4000 years and beyond and the boundless lunar landscape of the Makgadikgadi salt pans is the size of Switzerland!

 

Planet Baobab is home to the largest and coolest pool in the Kalahari and the funkiest bar and restaurant serving interesting and delicious dishes from all across Africa and we are “vegetarian-friendly”!

Lodge Layout

 

Planet Baobab caters for many level of tourists. It is reachable from the tar road between Maun and Nata. The lodge or camp is a funky eclectic mix of accommodation and excursions. The site is quite large as the camp can accommodate many people. generally built in concrete or hard mud with thatched roofs, the lounge-cum bar or "shabeen"  is a bright and cool place to share a beer or a glass of wine relaxing in a cowhide chair. Beer-bottle chandeliers light the room up in the evening whilst you sit at the bar and gaze at all the feature posters hanging on the wall.

 

A well known watering hole for travellers of every description and the more colourful characters from Maun, any one time, locals jostle the cross-continentals who have slogged it through the bush, and worse, to get here. Just a stone's throw from all this beer and bustle is the elephant's paddling pool. Oblivious to guests crouching in the nearby trees, the elephants and travellers mostly ignore each other.

 

Light your own camp fire, or gather round the communal blaze in the lelwapa and enjoy a cool drink, then sling your own boerewors onto the fire or enjoy Planet Baobab's unique Pan-African cuisine.

Room Description

 

A traditionally styled Bakalanga village shaded by enormous and ancient baobab trees.

 

Accommodation comprises of the following:

8 Twin Bakalanga Huts (sleep 2), with en-suite bathrooms.

7 Baobab Huts (sleep 2), with en-suite bathrooms.

3 Family Bakalanga Huts (sleep 4), with en-suite bathrooms.

6 Twin Dome Tents (sleep 2), fully made up stretcher beds, communal ablutions.

Public Campsites – with the funkiest communal ablution facility in the Kalahari.

Overlander Campsites – with equally funky communal ablution facilities.

Camp Environment

 

This Camp is not in the heart of game viewing area, but there are plenty of daily trips to the more centrally located areas.

There are two distinctly different seasons in the Makgadikgadi: The dry season, lasting from the 15th of April to the 31st of October and the wet season, lasting from the 1st of November to the 14th of April. When the rains arrive at the beginning of the wet season, the landscape is transformed.

 

Water gathers on the Salt Pan. Algae bloom, crustaceans breed, and clouds of flamingo descend to feed on them. Then herds of zebra and wildebeest materialise, drawn by the lush grass, and for several months, the desert is teeming with game and predators.

 

Guests visiting Planet Baobab during the wet season can witness the last surviving migration of zebra and wildebeest in Southern Africa. Most people associate the migration with East Africa and don’t know about this, the second largest migration of African ungulates, with an estimated 30,000 animals, the majority being zebra, participating each year.

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