If you are looking for a lodge in Botswana that is breathtakingly original in its approach and décor, then look no further than Planet Baobab! This quirky, playful lodge is situated on the edge of the Ntetwe Pan, off the Maun-Francistown road to Gweta Town. It does not get more authentic that this – the lodge is made up of huts that are built in the traditional fashion and reflects the original methods used by the earliest residents of the expansive Makgadigadi Pans. Huts are made of mud or grass and other natural materials, and decorated in colourful traditional Bushmen fashion!
The accommodation consist of a variety of traditional Bushmen huts, and you have a choice between the mud huts called Bakalanga, and the grass huts. All huts are made of natural materials from the surrounding environment, and are naturally temperature controlled. The interior décor is creatively done with traditional fabrics, materials and colours, and linen in the form of traditional African bedrolls is provided for a good night’s rest in the comfortable Mopane wood and cattle hide beds. Paraffin lights provide light at night, and bathrooms are communal. Camping is also encouraged in the wonderful camp site and braai area shaded by large Baobabs.
For great food and social interaction you can go to the shebeen located in the centre of the lodge, where real African hospitality is the order of the day. Here, underneath enormous beer bottle chandeliers, you can share your daily encounters with other travellers while you recline in a comfortable traditional chair made of cattle hide. Ice cold beer and other beverages are served. You may take evening meals outside at the camp fire or underneath the stars.
If action is what you crave, the Kalahari Surf Club will provide you with some quad bikes on which you can experience the thrill of “surfing” the expansive spaces of the pans! Alternatively you may scout for pan fossils, or explore Gweta Town nearby and try some traditional beer – if you dare.
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