2 Night Desert Explorer (Budget) – Planet Baobab – Dry Season
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|
|Dry Season||Jun – Oct 24||USD||USD|
|Peak Season||1 Jul – 31 Aug 24||USD||USD|
Includes: dinner, bed & breakfast, 1xlunch, specified activities, return transfers and intermittent wifi
Excludes: drinks, laundry and additional activities
Activities: quad bike and Ntwetwe pan overnight, habitual meerkat visit (all activities are dependent on weather conditions and access to Pans)
Quad bike trips – TWO guests per quad bike only. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
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. Activities include an overnight trip to Ntwetwe Pan with knowledgeable guides. When the pans are dry and weather permits, guests’ quadbike 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, back up 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.
DepartureMaun International Airport
Departure TimeDependent on transfer times
Return TimeDependent on transfer times
Included2 Night Desert Explorer (Budget) – Planet Baobab – Dry Season
Not Included3 Hr Maun Immersive TourBreakfastReturn FlightsAccommodation (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast)Boat CruiseLaundryPark feesActivitiesLocal drinksMealsReturn TransferAir-conditioned vehicle2 Waters ppLunch PackCurio purchasesHotel transfers (can be arranged at an additional cost)WaterDeparture TaxesTraditional snack and drinkEntry FeesScheduled Group TourPersonal GuideBreakfast
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 airconditioned closed vehicle to Planet Baobab which is about a 2hr 30 minutes drive from Maun.
You will spend a night in the lodge and another night in the Ntwetwe pan, you will then have a chance to experience meerkats and quad bikes.
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 National Park is where the Okavango Delta finally fades into desert. The Boteti River draws a line in the sand, separating the dry Makgadikgadi from the thirst lands of the Kalahari beyond. This is the ultimate last chance for hundreds of zebras and wildebeest that crowd the water’s edge to quench a desert-drawn thirst. The Boteti is the last finger of the Okavango Delta, reaching down to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Years have passed without the river being fed a drop at all; becoming a long sandy riverbed with shrinking waterholes, where zebras jostle for space under high-flying sheets of dust. At other times, the Boteti swells up fat and full, spilling into saltpans hundreds of kilometers from its source before evaporating into thin air. This is the place to watch plains game crashing through sharp acacia trees, gathering under lofty palms and lurking in the shade of the riverine woodland, keeping close to the water. When the Boteti River is full, big elephant bulls can often be found playing in the water and browsing in the reeds while the sun sets on the day.
|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|
|Charging Facilities & Wi-Fi||Both Charging facilities & Wi-Fi|
|Laundry Service Available||Available for own account|
|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|