Introduction

The Salt Pans of Botswana offer a larger array of activities than most lodges, and this wonderful safari experience is especially good for families and for those seeking a ‘beyond the Big 5’ safari – including the 2nd-largest zebra migration in the world.

On the eastern fringes of the Kalahari lies a collection of huge fossilised salt pans – desolate flat landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see. Surrounding the pans are expanses of grass and thorn trees, with the odd island of palm trees. It’s a picturesque landscape, very photogenic and seductive.

The most popular salt pans are the Makgadikgadi Pans (including Sua Pan – and its rocky Kubu Island, bedecked in massive baobab trees) and Nxai Pan (where you will find the famous and starkly stunning Baines’ Baobabs).

Wildlife viewing is seasonal and dependent on water – with some flooding of some of the pans after early summer rains, with peak water in January to March each year (rain-dependent), resulting in a flush of grass, flowers and flocks of greater flamingos arriving to breed. This is also when the unpredictable wildebeest and zebra migration arrives to take advantage of the food and water. During dry times the wildlife that moves around the area in search of sustenance includes lion, cheetah, brown and spotted hyenas, springbok, hartebeest, ostrich, elephant and smaller species like the black-backed jackal, African wildcat and bat-eared fox.

You could spend your time on the pans enjoying a number of activities, including morning and evening game drives, visits to cultural sites, horseback riding, quad biking, bird-watching and spending time with traditional bushman learning their culture and ways. And then, of course, arguable the most popular activity is interacting with mobs of habituated (but totally wild) meerkats – which emerge from their burrows with the sun to sunbathe, forage for insects and generally carry on with daily life – with you in tow (discreetly) and your guide providing a running commentary on meerkat social habits and survival strategies.

 

Day

Accommodation

Destination

Duration

Basis

day 0

Planet Baobab Gweta

3 nights

HB

Key

HB: Half Board - Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

 

Gweta: Planet Baobab

Fast Facts

4 Days / 3 Nights

Price

International Travellers - 2022 Rates

Per person sharing - App subscriber
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10 Jan- 31 Mar: US$ 950
1 Apr-31 May | 1 Nov - 19 Dec: US$ 975
1-30 June| 1 Sep - 31 Oct| 20 Dec - 9 Jan: US$ 1,015
1July - 31 Aug: US$ 1,045

Per person sharing - Non subscriber
10 Jan- 31 Mar: US$ 1,035
1 Apr-31 May | 1 Nov - 19 Dec:  US$ 1,065
1-30 June| 1 Sep - 31 Oct| 20 Dec - 9 Jan: US$ 1,110
1July - 31 Aug: US$ 1,140

Solo travellers - App subscriber
10 Jan- 31 Mar: US$ 1,555
1 Apr-31 May | 1 Nov - 19 Dec :  US$ 1,710
1-30 June| 1 Sep - 31 Oct| 20 Dec - 9 Jan : US$ 1,765
1 July - 31 Aug: US$ 1,800 

Solo travellers - Non-subscriber
10 Jan- 31 Mar: US$ 1,695
1 Apr-31 May | 1 Nov - 19 Dec :  US$ 1,865
1-30 June| 1 Sep - 31 Oct| 20 Dec - 9 Jan : US$ 1,930
1 July - 31 Aug: US$ 1,970

The above prices were calculated using a per person sharing rate. However, Planet Baobab activities require a minimum of two participants per activity. Should there be no one else partaking on the activities we have booked you, you will need to pay the additional balance directly at Planet Baobab in order to activate the activity.

  

Includes:

  • Meet and greet on arrival at Maun Airport
  • Road transfer from Maun Airport to Planet Baobab
  • 3 nights at Planet Baobab including breakfast and dinner 
  • Activities include Baobab bushwalk with sunset drinks, Ntwetwe pan expedition and Meerkat visit (without quads)
  • Conservation, community and reserve fee
  • Road transfer from Planet Baobab to Maun 
  • 24/7 Office support

Excludes:

  • International flights, airport departure tax (if required), excess weight charges and visas or entry permits
  • COVID tests
  • Optional Cattle Post Visit and Village Tour with traditional lunch included or full-day Zebra Migration Game drive with lunch included (inquire for rates)
  • Lunch and beverages
  • Laundry
  • Travel, cancellation and medical insurance (essential on all safaris)
  • Optional safari extension and any activities not specified in the itinerary
  • All charges of a personal nature and any other charges not indicated in the inclusions
  • Tips and gratuities

Gweta: Planet Baobab

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