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Brian has always nurtured his passion for travel in his spare time. He's traveled the world, visiting over 40 countries. Over time, this passion grew to the point where he began to search for opportunities to work in the travel industry. He's been an African Specialist at Mango Safaris since early 2006.

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Planet Baobab

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Planet Baobab

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Planet Baobab - Planet Baobab. Copyright Planet Baobab.

Planet Baobab isn't a new planet in our solar system – it must be one of the most original places you can stay at if you are visiting the Makgadikgadi Pans. This series of pans are the remains of what used to be a huge ancient inland ocean. The fun lodge that is Planet Baobab is situated on the Ntwetwe Pan's edge, on the Maun–Francistown road near Gweta Town, in Botswana.

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Arrive at the Planet Baobab in the Kalahari Desert, the baobab capital of the world! A traditionally styled mud Kalanga and Bushmen grass hut village shaded by giant baobab trees whose average age is 4,000 years old!

If you are looking for more to see, the open-air courthouse in Gweta Town is very interesting. Also try the local traditional sorghum beer. As benefits an area such as the Makgadikgadi with its ancient geological history, the vicinity of Planet Baobab contains many stone tools from prehistoric eras. The well-known Fossil Pan also contains many fossil remnants.

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Review date:   May 30, 2016 7:08PM
Review:   Yes, the place is great, staff is sympathetic and everything... but why would they put 2 different groups of campers in areas that are practically together if all other areas were empty? We had to stand these noisy people right by our side the whole evening and their shouting child crying during the night. That's unforgivable...
Author:   Bruno Nepo
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Review date:   August 30, 2016 6:55PM
Review:   Amazing camping site! Breathe taking landscape. Stars! Sunset! Baobab trees!
Author:   reuben rasetshwane
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Review date:   October 13, 2016 4:31PM
Review:   Don't miss it! Go and hug one of those huge baobabs!
Author:   Xavi Perez
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Review date:   October 26, 2016 1:50PM
Review:   Very nice location near the pans.
Author:   Francois du Toit
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Review date:   September 30, 2015 12:38PM
Review:   It's like an oasis in the middle of nowhere..nice pool and bar..its designed like the local huts, very pittoresque!!
Author:   John Butscinsky
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