Kalahari Salt Pans/Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
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. Activities on offer at Planet Baobab include guided walks and quad bike trips into the bush and the Pans with knowledgeable guides. 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 an optional visit to a nearby habituated group of meerkats to enjoy their very entertaining social structure at close range. 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 kilometres in extent, and up to 30 metres 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.
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