Along the dry cracked and bumpy road between Maun and Francistow, a huge anteater sits sentinel at the top of a side road which leads to Planet Baobab.
The funkiest place in the Kalahari, Planet Baobab is a joy. Eclectic African style eminates from everything from the bar to the concrete lounge area.
At Planet Baobab, you can sleep in traditionally styled Bakalanga huts with en suite showers, curl up in a Bushmen hut complete in every detail, pitch your tent or park your 4 x 4.
Activities at Planet Baobab:
Guided walks and quad bike trips into the bush and the Pans with expert guides discovering the geological origins of what was once the world's largest ever super lake.
Nxai Xini : Follow the palm trail created by elephant droppings as these ancient creatures trekked across the arid waste when the super lake dried up. Pick up, (and replace!), thousand year old flint spear heads left by the Stone Age hunters who were the region’s first inhabitants.
Village tour Gweta (population 2000, anonymous source 1967) to experience modern African rural culture. Visit the local primary school and the outdoor village 'courthouse', the kgotla, the hub of traditional village life. If you are lucky, witness the mixing of aphrodisiac droppings and roots at the Traditional Healer's joint. Round this off with a traditional lunch of mealie meal and ground beef and wash that down with a warm bowl of traditional sorghum beer.
Best of all, if you are very lucky, you can overnight on the Pans under the most spectacular night skies in the world, enjoying a barbecue of a lifetime
Meerkat Manor : observie the captivating antics of the meerkat gangs resident in the area