Planet Baobab is one of the most original places you can stay at if you are visiting the Makgadikgadi Pan, because it is situated on the Ntwetwe Pan's edge, 5 km from the village of Gweta.
The Makgadikgadi Pan comprises of 3 separate salt pans - Sowa (Sua), Nxai and Ntwetwe - which together cover 12,000 square kilometres of the north-eastern part of Botswana, making this the largest collection of salt pans in the world. The pans were once a superlake that was formed more than 5 million years ago.
The shebeen at Planet Baobab reflects the essence of traditional African hospitality. Listen to the adventure stories of other guests while you relax in a cowhide recliner or traditional kgotla chair - ice-cold beer in hand. The enormous chandeliers, crafted from beer bottles, are quite something to see. Versailles meets Botswana! Listen to the sounds of the Makgadikgadi while enjoying your evening meal next to the campfire or beneath the giant marula tree.
If you are looking for more to see, the open-air courthouse in Gweta Town is very interesting. Also try the local traditional sorghum beer. As benefits an area such as the Makgadikgadi with its ancient geological history, the vicinity of Planet Baobab contains many stone tools from prehistoric eras. The well-known Fossil Pan also contains many fossil remnants.
The accommodation at Planet Baobab is truly original, reflecting the traditional building methods of the original inhabitants of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana. You can choose between a traditional en-suite Bakalanga hut, built from mud, and a traditional grass hut, made in the way the Bushmen used to.
Because both these types of huts at Planet Baobab are made from natural materials indigenous to the Makgadikgadi area in Botswana, they are perfectly temperature-controlled without the need for air conditioners.
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All meals and shared activities are included.
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request.