2 Night Desert Explorer (Budget) – Planet Baobab – Wet Season

2 Night Desert Explorer (Budget) – Planet Baobab – Wet Season

per person

Experience Botswana – Beyond Wildlife

Why we love it: Unique Experiences/Funky Vibe/ Great for Families
Optional Extra: Baobab bush walk & sundowners
Best Combined With: 2 Night Okavango Explorer (Budget) – Oddballs Camp
2 Night Big Game Safari (Budget) – Khwai Guest House
2 Night Maun (Budget) – Sedia Hotel


Seasons Date Price (pp sharing) Single supplement
Green Season 10 Jan – 31 Mar 24 USD 1093.00 USD 0
Shoulder Season 1 Apr – 31 May, 1 Nov – 19 Dec 24 USD  1111.00 USD 100.00
Festive Season 20 Dec – 09 Jan 25 USD 1146.00 USD 114.00
  • For child policy, solo traveler and where seasons crossover, please contact us.

Includes: dinner, bed & breakfast, 1xlunch, specified activities and intermittent wifi
Excludes: drinks, laundry, return transfers and additional activities
Activities: Ntwetwe pan expedition, habitual meerkat visit (all activities are dependent on weather conditions and access to Pans)

Situated close to the village of Gweta, (also charmingly known as “The Place of the Bullfrogs”), on the Francistown-Maun Road and sheltered by a grove of gigantic baobabs, Planet Baobab offers a welcoming base from which to explore the Makgadikgadi Pans system.

Planet Baobab combines style with comfort whilst remaining true to its traditional African inspiration.  Accommodation styles vary, with Bushman grass huts, palatial Kalanga mud huts (with en-suite bathrooms) traditionally painted with amazing designs and a shady campsite where you can pitch your own tents.  Except for the family room, all the huts have two single beds on opposite ends of the room which are fixed in place.

When the pans are dry and weather permits, guests’ quad bike to the pans.  Here you can discover the geological origins of what was once the world’s largest ever super lake and you can follow the Palm Trail created by elephant droppings as these ancient creatures trekked across the arid waste when the super lake dried up. In addition, you may book optional activities such as a cattle post visit with lunch, baobab bush walks, migration mission day trip.  These are all optional and come at an additional cost. Ntwetwe Pan and Sua Pan, together with numerous smaller pans, form the Makgadikgadi Pans system.

The pans are the remnants of the once great Lake Makgadikgadi: 80,000 square kilometers in expanse and up to 30 meters deep – this was the largest inland sea in Africa.  The pans form a spectacular lunar landscape in the dry season and in the wet season, this vast area of salt pans interspersed with low-lying grass islands is the destination of herds of migrating zebra.  It has an un-spoilt beauty unlike any other part of Africa. Please note: All activities are subject to seasonal availability and weather conditions during the month of travel.

Pans sleep outs and quad bike activities do not operate in the wet season and may also be halted after unexpected rains, when wet conditions prevent access to the pans.  In the case where guests cannot do the sleep out activity, backup lodge accommodation in dome tents are available at the lodge.  Some activities will need to be pre-booked before travel.  Quad bike trips run with TWO guests per quad bike.  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Virtual Itinerary


  • Destination
  • Departure
    Maun International Airport
  • Departure Time
    Dependent on transfer times
  • Return Time
    Dependent on transfer times
  • Included
    2 Night Desert Explorer (Budget) – Planet Baobab – Wet Season
    Accommodation (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast)
  • Not Included
    3 Hr Maun Immersive Tour
    Return Flights
    Boat Cruise
    Park fees
    Local drinks
    Return Transfer
    Air-conditioned vehicle
    2 Waters pp
    Lunch Pack
    Curio purchases
    Hotel transfers (can be arranged at an additional cost)
    Departure Taxes
    Traditional snack and drink
    Entry Fees
    Scheduled Group Tour
    Personal Guide
Maun International Airport - Planet Baobab
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by Your Botswana Experience host who will hand you over to Letsapa Tours for your scheduled transfer. You will travel by a fully air conditioned closed vehicle to Planet Baobab which is about a 2hr 30 minutes drive from Maun.
Planet Baobab
You will spend 2 night in the lodge.
Planet Baobab - Maun International Airport
After spending 2 nights, you will be transferred back to Maun International Airport to carry on with your onward safari.


The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans are all that remains of a great lake which once covered most of northern Botswana, fed by rivers carrying salts. The most iconic pans, Ntwetwe and Sua Pan provide vistas of blinding white salt flats reaching far into the horizon where pans sleep-outs are experienced. No vegetation grows on the salty surface of the pans, but the fringes are covered with grasslands. No animals live on the pans, save a few populations of desert species and the elusive brown hyena living near the fringes. The result is that the salt pans provide an unforgettable landscape experience of incredible sunsets and sunrises and a bewildering lack of perspective rather than a game experience. Africa’s famous explorer Dr. David Livingstone crossed these pans in the 19th century, using two massive baobabs, believed to be 3,000 to 4,000 years old as a navigation tool. All camps on the salt pans are situated on or next to Ntwetwe Pan in the west of the pans complex and offer quad biking on the pans, visits to habituated meerkats, archaeological walks as well as cultural insight into the lives of the San people. More recently horse-riding expeditions have been made possible, providing a unique way to explore the landscape. All activities in this area are subject to favourable conditions as the slightest rainfall can make the pans completely inaccessible. During the rainy season, the main attraction of these camps is the zebra and wildebeest migration passing through during the early months of the year with other activities during this season being very limited. During years of good rains, the pans can be transformed into a powder blue lake with waters gently lapping the shorelines – a clear indication of the gigantic lake the Makgadikgadi once was. The floods attract flamingos with numbers running into the tens or even hundreds of thousands but the spectacle is fleeting and difficult to catch.


Value For Money


Planet Baobab Overview Planet Baobab Website
Area /National Park / Community Area / Private Concession Outskirts of Gweta Village, bordering the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
Accommodation 18 rooms / 3 family
Age Restrictions All ages, but age restrictions on activities
Self-Drive Access Yes
Charging Facilities & Wi-Fi Both Charging facilities & Wi-Fi
Pool Yes
Laundry Service Available Available for own account
Mosquito Nets Yes
Air-Cons or Fans Fans
Activities Game drives, Meerkat experience, Cattle post & Village tours, Bush walks. Sleep-out on the pans is offered but weather dependent and only if the pans are dry, if the pans are still wet/damp the sleep outs could be cancelled