2 Night Desert Explorer (Budget) – Planet Baobab
Experience Botswana – Beyond wildlife
|Why we love it:||Unique Experiences/Funky Vibe/ Great for Families|
|Optional Extra:||Baobab bush walk & sundowners|
|Best Combined With:||Oddballs / Khwai Guest house|
|Seasons||Date||Price (pp sharing)||Single supplement|
|Low||Apr-May & Nov-19 – Dec 23||USD 678||USD 66.67|
|Shoulder||Jun & Sept-Oct 23||USD 677||USD 38.00|
|High||Jul-Aug 23||USD 547||USD 39.71|
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 BaobabReturn TransferAir-conditioned vehicleWater
Not Included2 Waters ppLunch PackCurio purchasesHotel transfers (can be arranged at an additional cost)Departure 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 quirky village of Gweta doesn’t offer the traveller a lot as a destination in its own right and is best visited as a jumping off point for the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans further south.
For travellers interested in exploring Gweta, there are a few traditionally painted rondavels to be found on the village’s sandy back roads and village tours can be organised to see the local school, kgotla (traditional court), cattle posts and to sample traditional village fare. The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans are around two hours from Gweta Village by road and the drive requires a 4WD. Due to the lack of signposts and the distance from Gweta, visitors are advised to book a pre-organised excursion out to the salt pans before they arrive.
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|Planet Baobab Camp Overview|
|Number Of Rooms||2|
|Activities||Game Drives, Bushmen Walks|
|Additional Activities||Sleep out|