Planet BaobabSet among a grove of towering baobab trees bordering the Makgadikgadi Pans, Planet Boabab offers excellent value accommodation and facilities, and opportunities to explore the pans and meet meerkats.
Near Gweta town on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans
Planet Baobab is in a remote setting on the Maun-Francistown road, among a grove of ancient baobab trees. The lodge’s quirky style is evident as you approach with the giant aardvark statue denoting the site, and continues in the design of the swimming pool and restaurant.
During your stay you can venture into the pans and spend a night sleeping beneath the stars, visit a nearby Batswana village, walk through a baobab forest and spend time with a group of habituated meerkats. In the green season (November – April) you can witness the spectacular zebra and wildebeest migration.
Accommodation is set out in the form of an African village with a scattering of Bakalanga huts and Baobab huts. All are en-suite and have colourful African-style décor. There are larger huts sleeping up to 4 people, ideal for families. Planet Baobab also has camping facilities.
The swimming pool is the largest in the Kalahari, great for cooling swims. The restaurant serves pan-African cuisine, and there’s a bar where you can enjoy the company of fellow guests. Despite the remoteness of the location there is mobile phone coverage, and Wi-Fi internet access is available for a small fee.
Planet Baobab Highlights
- Explore the Kalahari Desert and Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
- Meet habituated meerkats
- Family-friendly lodge
- Largest swimming pool in the Kalahari
- Stay in a traditional hut with en-suite facilities
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- 18 rooms
- Open all year
- Children of all ages are welcome. The larger Bakalanga huts can sleep up to 2 adults and 2 children.
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Tea garden
- Mobile phone reception
- Wi-Fi (payable locally)
- Spend time with habituated meerkats
- Join an excursion to Nxai Pan
- See Baines Baobabs
- Visit a local village
- Tour a cattle post
- Guided bushwalks
- Quad bike trips on the pans, helmets provided (dry season)
- Sleep out in the Makgadikgadi Pans (dry season)
- See the zebra and wildebeest migration (green season)
All huts are circular and built of mud with thatched roofs, have en-suite shower rooms with running water. The Bakalanga huts are larger and are furnished with African artwork and textiles. The Baobab huts are smaller and simpler in style.
- 8 twin Bakalanga huts
- 3 family Bakalanga huts with 1 double and 2 twin beds
- 7 twin Baobab huts
- Mosquito nets
- Cotton bedding
- En-suite shower room with running water
Tuskwana the Elepahants is your guide to choosing acommodation that make a difference to their community or environment. And you can click him for our TRAVEL + PROTECT page.
Tuskwana the Elephant likes this because…
“Planet Baobab falls under the Natural Selection umbrella. They are fully committed to wildlife conservation and pledged 1.5% of their turnover to conservation. Their current conservation project in the Makgadikgadi area aims to expand the mammal migration routes between northern Botswana, Makgadikgadi National Park and the Kalahari.“
And don’t forget … for every booking we take, Botswana Specialists (which is part of Tribes Travel) plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we also back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.
You can click on Tuskwana to read more about our TRAVEL + PROTECT initiatives on our Tribes website, including ways you can help with our ongoing projects.
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