Planet Baobab isn’t a new planet in our solar system – it must be one of the most original places you can stay at if you are visiting the Makgadikgadi Pans. This series of pans are the remains of what used to be a huge ancient inland ocean.
If you are looking for more to see, the open-air courthouse in Gweta Town is very interesting. Also try the local traditional sorghum beer. As benefits an area such as the Makgadikgadi with its ancient geological history, the vicinity of Planet Baobab contains many stone tools from prehistoric eras. The well-known Fossil Pan also contains many fossil remnants.
Why not try something different? If you are on your way to the Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana, make Planet Baobab near Gweta Town part of your itinerary.
The fun lodge that is Planet Baobab is situated on the Ntwetwe Pan’s edge, on the Maun–Francistown road near Gweta Town, in Botswana.
At Planet Baobab the accommodation is not luxurious, but it is truly original, reflecting the traditional building methods of the original inhabitants of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana. There are 18 thatched huts that provide basic accommodation. All the rooms are en-suite.The exterior of the huts are decorated with cheerful murals and the thick clay walls keep the rooms naturally cool without the need of air-conditioners.
The interiors of these huts reflect what Planet Baobab is about: true creativity. Traditional art, patchwork quilts and the quirky decoration will bring a smile to your face.
If you prefer to camp, Planet Baobab has lovely shaded camping sites, each with braai area and shared ablution blocks.
Planet Baobab’s Kalahari Surf Club adds a new dimension to surfing. You won’t find 10-foot waves in this club on the Makgadikgadi Pans, only wide open spaces and quad bikes for the thrill of your life. After this, enjoy the magical sunset of Botswana before tucking into a braai in the moonlight. When you can’t keep your eyes open, go to sleep in a traditional bedroll while the African stars keep watch. This is magic!
The shebeen at Planet Baobab reflects the essence of traditional African hospitality. Listen to the adventure stories of other guests while you relax in a cowhide recliner or traditional kgotla chair – ice-cold beer in hand. The enormous chandeliers, crafted from beer bottles, are quite something to see. Versailles meets Botswana! Listen to the sounds of the Makgadikgadi while enjoying your evening meal next to the campfire or beneath the giant marula tree.