PLANET BAOBAB BOTSWANA

MAKGADIKGADI | KALAHARI

Remoteness of Makgadikgadi Pans and Kalahari Desert
Spectacular activities
Meet local Batswana people
Utterly unique
No booking fees

About

This is the Baobab Capital of the World, where the average age of each tree is more than 4000 years, and the boundless lunar landscape of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans are the size of Switzerland.

This is a quirky place in a quirky part of the world, where we live cheek to tusk with old elephants; sleep in basic but Afro-chic Bakalanga Huts; swim in the largest, coolest pool in the Kalahari; eat the finest pan-African cuisine, and of course, drink something cold with vagabonds, travelers and locals in the funkiest bar in Africa. It’s the coolest desert oasis around – and a part of Africa that few will experience, but all will remember.

WHEN TO TRAVEL

Planet Baobab is open all year round. The dry, winter season is from 25 April to 31 October, and this is when the pans are in their most iconic state. Sun-scorched, shimmering salt stretches as far as the eye can see (and a little bit further), and days are spent walking across the desert with local guides, roaring into the horizon atop a quad bike, and sleeping under a billion stars in the middle of, well… nowhere.

In the summer green season, the pans are almost unrecognizable. After a torrent of much-needed rain, the iconic desert landscape explodes into life in a patchwork of glossy green vegetation. Animals come to graze, birds flock, and of course, the zebra migration, the second largest migration of mammals in the world, passes through to munch on the newly-sprouted grass. Combined with the stormy skies and dust-free air, the spectacle is a photographer’s (and wildlife-lover’s!) dream.

Green Season: 10 January – 31 March
Shoulder Season: 1 April – 31 May, 1 November – 19 December
High Season: 1 June – 30 June, 1 September – 31 October, 20 December – 9 January 2023
Peak Season: 1 July – 31 August

Accommodation

Our rooms are quirky, cool and super comfy. Scattered beneath a fraternity of colossal baobabs, the 18 thatched huts (eight Bakalanga, seven Baobab and three Bakalanga Family) take more than a little inspiration from the local Botswana villages, and all are arranged in friendly clusters. Vibrant murals adorn the outside walls and inside, you’ll find sunny patchwork quilts and a variety of eclectic trinkets that won’t fail to make you smile. Twin huts have two beds on either side of the room, family huts have a large double bed in the centre with twin beds on either side, and all have ensuite bathrooms.

An enormous bar area, adorned with wine-bottle chandeliers and cow-hide chairs, is at the heart of the camp. There’s an a la carte menu to tickle your taste buds, and an even larger drinks menu to satisfy your parched throat after a day in the desert – and plenty of interesting characters to share them with. Outside, the largest, coolest swimming pool in the Kalahari glitters tantalisingly, as do the shady sun-loungers and braai areas.

Activities

Game drives from Planet Baobab will take you deep into the Ntwetwe Pan, the larger of the two Makgadikgadi Pans, and a vast expanse of sparkling salt that extends as far as the eye can see – and a little bit further! Remarkably, there is life to be found here and game drives will reveal some of the uniquely adapted desert species such as bat-eared foxes, springbok, kori bustards, and perhaps even the magnificent desert-adapted elephant and lion if Lady Luck is on your side. And then, of course, there’s our resident Kalahari cool cats of Ntwetwe– the meerkats. semi- habituated to human presence through years of research, you’ll get closer than you might think to the cheeky creatures! But just remember, they’re not tame – just used to our non-threatening presence.

Year Round

  • Game drive in the Ntwetwe Pan and discover the unique, desert-adapted species that inhabit the lunar-like landscape.
  • Get up close and personal with the coolest residents of the desert, the Kalahari meerkats.
  • Visit the local village, learn about the local Batswana culture and munch on a traditional lunch.
  • Join a Baobab Bushwalk and amble through the spindly forests with a knowledgeable guide by your side.

Dry High Season (June to October)

  • Rev your engine and quad bike across the never-ending pans (2 guests per quad bike), before sleeping out under the stars in a magical fly camp. (NB there is no back-up accommodation booked during a sleep out. Please chat to us for more details).

Green Season (November – May)

  • The arrival of the summer rains in December heralds the arrival of the zebra and wildebeest in the second largest migration of mammals on the continent, and life becomes frenetic as the hooved beasties feed on the fresh, green grass – and the predators have plenty to eat.
  • Experience the spectacular migration of zebra and wildebeest (the second largest migration of mammals on the continent!), and keep an eye out for the predators that follow…
  • Enjoy a guided quad bike and bush walking adventure around Planet Baobab, in search of a concentration of giant Baobab trees each with a unique story to tell.

Cattle Post Visit With Traditional Lunch & Village Tour
Baobab Bush Walk & Sundowner Drink
Bush Walk & Quad Bikes
(Includes morning tea/coffee & snacks or afternoon sundowners & snacks)
Ntwetwe Pan Expedition – No Quad Bikes
(includes picnic breakfast, meerkat visit)
Ntwetwe Pan Overnight Trip – No Quad Bikes
(includes BBQ dinner, tea & coffee, meerkats visit & breakfast)
Migration Mission Day Trip
(includes picnic breakfast & lunch)

$75 per person
$30 per person
$100 per person (1 Nov – 31 May)


$145 per person

$230 per person (1 Jun – 31 Oct)

$295 per person (10 Jan – 30 Apr, 1 Nov – 9 Jan)

All activities are based on a minimum 2 pax rate, single travellers will be charged this minimum rate for their activities. We cannot accommodate private activities, two guests per quad bike, children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult when quad biking, activities are weather dependent

Families

Families are welcome to Planet Baobab.

  • Children 0 – 5 years accommodated free of charge (sharing with adults)
  • Children 6 – 18 years charged 50% of the per person sharing adult accommodation rate per night (sharing with adults)
  • Children under 18 years charged 50% of all activities

Sustainability

Planet Baobab support the Makgadikgadi-Nxai Pans Conservation Initiative, a project aimed at creating optimal conditions for the mammal migration through the area.

NIGHTLY RATES

Green Season
from
$115
  • per person sharing
Shoulder Season
from
$125
  • per person sharing
High Season
from
$140
  • per person sharing

Green Season: 10 January – 31 March
Shoulder Season: 1 April – 31 May, 1 November – 19 December
High Season: 1 June – 30 June, 1 September – 31 October, 20 December – 9 January 2023
Peak Season: 1 July – 31 August

RATES INCLUDES

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Single supplements apply
  • $10 supplement for ‘peak season’ per person per night
  • Pricing in US Dollars

RATES EXCLUDES

  • All activities (see pricing above)
  • Road transfers: Maun to Planet Baobab or vice versa $250 (1-3 guests)
  • Conservation, Community & Reserve Fee (pppn)
  • International airfare
  • Visas and other entry costs
  • Travel insurance
  • PCR testing for your journey home (if applicable)
  • Personal expense such as extra drinks/food on transfers, phone calls, curio shop purchases
  • Gratuities for your tour driver/guide, waiters/staff at accommodations
  • Optional extension available in

Let’s talk and plan your exciting safari in Africa.
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