Gweta is a small Botswanan village often used as a base to visit the amazing Makgadikgadi Pans. The salt pans are some of the largest in the World, with many pans surrounded by sandy desert. The pans are all that remains of Lake Makgadikgadi, which originally covered an area larger than Switzerland, but this dried up thousands of years ago. During the wet season, the pans become an important habitat for migrating animals including wildebeest and zebra, and the large predators that follow them. The rains also bring a variety of migratory birds such as ducks and geese. It is a town surrounded by giants, with elephants often seen along the roadside and huge Baobab trees standing tall on the lunar landscape as far as the eye can see. Some of these trees are over 4000 years old. With its proximity to the salt pan, Gweta has been inhabited since the Stone Age and therefore has a fascinating history and geology. Gweta is very much a fascinating and unique getaway not to be missed on your Botswanan adventure.
If Gweta is unique we have found an accommodation to match it. Planet Baobab must be one of our most unique accommodations offered. Named after the ancient trees that surround it, this accommodation offers one of the largest swimming pools in the Kalahari and a truly authentic bar and restaurant serving interesting and delicious dishes from across Africa. Here you can sleep in traditionally styled Bakalanga or Baobab huts, both with en-suite bathrooms. Both huts are built in the authentic bushman style and due to the use of natural materials are perfectly temperature controlled. The style and design will have you whipping out the camera before you unpack! Each night a communal fire is lit where you can meet fellow travellers and share wonderful bush adventures. Planet Baobab also offers a fabulous day tour into the Makgadikgadi Pans, a highlight of which is getting up close and personal with a habituated group of meerkats. Planet Baobab also offers a selection of other tours such as a village tour and Baobab walk. This completely original accommodation is well worth a visit! Children of all ages are welcome at Planet Baobab.