Few will have the opportunity, but all will remember a place with unending horizons and historic baobabs. Follow the path indicated by the giant anteater to the intriguingly named Planet Baobab, the home of the world’s largest baobabs, each of which is an average of more than 4,000 years old. Enjoy the limitless lunar landscape of the Switzerland-sized Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.
After arriving at Planet Baobab and settling into your comfortable hut, take a stroll through the surrounding baobab forest with your guide. He will go over the geology, ecology, and, of course, the special biology of the baobabs, the largest succulents in the world rather than trees. He will also discuss the history of the region’s ecology. While sipping a cold beverage around a campfire and watching a fiery Botswana sunset, your guide will be telling you about the fascinating geological history of the Makgadikgadi. The world’s largest body of fresh water was once located in this vast saltpan desert, which is larger than Switzerland.
Meal plan: Breakfast and Bed
After a sumptuous breakfast, explore the thriving city of Gweta to learn about contemporary African village culture we can explore the vast emptiness of the Makgadikgadi on quad bikes in an environmentally responsible way, leaving only a thin track that will be washed away by summer rains. Set out to a nearby cattle post where you will be taken inside a typical Batswana home. As you accelerate and close your eyes, keep going because there won’t be anything for you to collide with until you reach the edge of the planet. After the activities return to your lodging and have the dinner and overnight stay.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Awaken to the rising Kalahari sun beneath your feet. Enjoy the solitude while warming your hands on a steaming cup of coffee. Then, with your guide by your side, explore the area in search of specially adapted desert species like bat-eared foxes, springbuck, kori bustards, and some of the Kalahari’s most fascinating inhabitant, the meerkats. Drive back to the edge of Ntwetwe Pan. Visitors have the opportunity to get up close and personal with these fascinating creatures thanks to an ongoing habituation program. They are not tame; they are merely accustomed to our benign presence. You might find a meerkat cuddling up to you on chilly mornings. Alternatively, you could use your head as a sentry lookout post in the absence of a termite mound or tree.
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