Planet Baobab

Affordable 
N'xai and Makgadikgadi Pans
Flood plains around Jacana Camp
Surfing Kalahari Style
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Botswana's Premier operator for Nxai and Makgadikgadi Pans National Parks, Uncharted Africa, offers affordable access to this unique area while maintaining the unique style and adventure that characterizes their operations.  Furthermore you will have an opportunity to learn more about Botswana's culture and traditions and the intriguing geological origins of the Makgadikgadi Pans. 


Planet Baobab

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 8 gigantic baobabs, Planet Baobab combines style with comfort whilst remaining true to its traditional African inspiration. You will stay in comfort in traditional rondavels with en suite bathrooms  painted with traditional designs. 

Basic provisions including fresh meat and vegetables are available for purchase and there is a fully stocked bar and swimming pool. The Africantastic ‘shebeen’ bar features a huge and pendulous, beer bottle chandeliers suspended from the massive thatch roof, traditional wooden kgotla chairs and funky black-and-white cowskin recliners which are supremely comfortable.

Accommodations:

BAKALANAGA OR BAOBAB TWIN HUT

wet season (Nov - April except Christmas)  USD 75.00 per person sharing

dry season (May-Oct; 21 Dec - 5 Jan) USD 95.00 per person sharing

ACTIVITIES 

Village Tour:  Experience Modern African rural culture. Visit the local primary school with outdoor classes under the marula tree, the kgotla - a traditional court which governs the village of Gweta and its people and is an integral focus of village life, the Traditional Healer and, if you are very brave, try out some sorghum beer. Learn about the history of the village from our Guides whose knowledge was passed down by their forefathers. 

Bushwalk & Fireside Chat: Take an easy walk through the bush led by your Guide learning about the environment and traditional uses of plants and animals. Enjoy the sunset unfold before you, warm yourselves by the fire with an ice cold drink listening to your Guide explain the fascinating geological origins of the area and stories from the village. 

Traditional Meal at the Cattlepost: Walk to a nearby cattlepost where you will meet the family and will be shown around their home. Join them for a traditional African meal of sorghum, mealie meal, seswaa (beef stew), wild spinach, wild beans and creamy baobab fruit milkshake. 

Explore Ntwetwe Salt Pan:  Drive across the grass plains, past lonely baobab sentinels to the edge of the Pan by vehicle.   Along the way, your Guide will explain the incredible adaptations of the unique Kalahari species to the desert environment. Quad bikes enable us to explore the vast nothingness of the Makgadikgadi in an ecologically correct fashion leaving only a shallow track that will be washed away by summer rains. Enjoy sunset drinks at the Kalahari Surf Club. Surf the superlake before enjoying a moonlight barbecue prepared by your Guide under the African stars. Retire to a warm and cozy bedroll under a star-spangled ceiling. Wake up in the middle of nowhere. After breakfast, search for stone tools which litter the pans. Your Guide will give a comprehensive explanation of the manufacture of stone tools as well as the evolution of man himself. Take a walk to the "sweetwater pan", a spring in the middle of the desert. The only surface water for thousands of square kilometres and the focal point of man and beast alike. 

Nxaisini Fossil Pan:  Take a drive to the enigmatic and mysterious fossil pan. One of the area's best kept secrets, this is a shallow rock basin filled with water year round providing local bull elephants and other creatures with much sustenance through the challenging months of the dry season. If one takes a closer look at the rock under your feet, it becomes apparent that this water has been attracting both animals and people for thousands of years. The rock of fossil pan is studded with fossils and stone tools of some of its earliest visitors. After an al fresco dinner, hunker down in Bushmen hunting blinds near the water hole and wait for the elephant to shuffle into the moonlight as they have done, unrestricted, for thousands of years. 

 

Costs [2013 prices]:

Itineraries are for the wet season (Nov - April except Christmas) and dry season (May-Oct; 21 Dec - 5 Jan).

These itineraries start and end in Gweta and include all park fees, meals and guided activities

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Planet Baobab - Bar

 

Planet Baobab - Rondavel


Planet Baobab - Rondavel Double Bed


Quad biking on the Pans a sunset

Cool Meerkat  (wet season)- $380 per person sharing

Day 1: Baobab Bush Walk & Sundowner Drink, followed by a Three Course Dinner.
Overnight in a Bakalanga Hut.

Day 2: Ntwetwe Pan Expedition including picnic breakfast. Spend time with Habituated Meerkats.Afternoon at Leisure. Three Course Dinner. Overnight in a Bakalanga Hut.

Day 3: Cooked Breakfast..

 

Meerkat Mania (dry season)  - $525 per person sharing

2Day 1: Baobab Bush Walk & Sundowner Drink, followed by a Three Course Dinner.Overnight in a Bakalanga Hut.

Day 2: Cooked Breakfast, Village & Cattlepost Visit with a Traditional Lunch.Quad Bike activity and Overnight Trip to Ntwetwe Pan with a BBQ Dinner.

Day 3: Morning Tea and Coffee, Spend time with Habituated Meerkats followed by a Cooked Breakfast at Planet Baobab

Game Expedition $550   (wet season) $580 (dry season) per person sharing

Day 1: Baobab Bush Walk & Sundowner Drink, followed by a Three Course Dinner. Overnight in a Bakalanga Hut.

Day 2: Cooked Breakfast, Early departure to Nxai Pan for Game Viewing and to see Baines Baobabs. Picnic lunch. Three Course Dinner at Planet Baobab. Overnight in a Bakalanga Hut.


Day 3: Cooked Breakfast.

Lazy Meerkat (Dry Season) - . USD 650.00 per person sharing

Day 1: Baobab Bush Walk & Sundowner Drink, followed by a Three Course Dinner.Overnight in a Baklanga Hut.

Day 2: Cooked Breakfast, Morning at Leisure. Depart in the afternoon for
Quad Bike activity and Overnight Trip to Ntwetwe Pan with a BBQ Dinner.

Day 3: Morning Tea and Coffee, Spend time with Habituated Meerkats followed by a Cooked Breakfast at Planet Baobab. Village & Cattlepost Visit with a Traditional Lunch.Three Course Dinner. Overnight in a Bakalanga Hut.

Day 4: Cooked Breakfast.

Meerkats and Game (Wet Season)  - USD 795.00 per person sharing.

Day 1: Baobab Bush Walk & Sundowner Drink, followed by a Three Course Dinner.
Overnight in a Bakalanga Hut.

Day 2: Cooked Breakfast, Early departure to Nxai Pan for Game Viewing and to see Baines Baobabs. Picnic lunch. Three Course Dinner at Planet Baobab. Overnight in a Bakalanga Hut.

Day 3: Ntwetwe Pan Expedition including picnic breakfast. Spend time with Habituated Meerkats. Afternoon at Leisure. Three Course Dinner. Overnight in a Bakalanga Hut.


Day 4: Cooked Breakfast.

PANS AND GAME (Dry Season)- $1050.00 per person sharing.

Day 1: Baobab Bush Walk & Sundowner Drink, followed by a Three Course Dinner. Overnight in a Bakalanga Hut.

Day 2: Cooked Breakfast, Morning at Leisure. Depart in the afternoon for Quad Bike activity and Overnight Trip to Ntwetwe Pan with a BBQ Dinner.

Day 3: Morning Tea and Coffee, Spend time with Habituated Meerkats followed by a Cooked Breakfast at Planet Baobab. Cattlepost Visit wth a Traditional Lunch. Three Course Dinner. Overnight in a Bakalanga Hut.

Day 4: Cooked Breakfast, Early departure to Nxai Pan for Game viewing and to see Baines Baobabs. Picnic Lunch. Three Course Dinner. Overnight in a Bakalanga Hut.

Day 5: Cooked Breakfast.


 
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