Planet Baobab and Salt Flats

Due to the vast amount of sandy roads, having no 4×4 in Botswana limited our movements and options. The major roads are actually quite nice and paved, but our 2×4 had a hard time on the smaller sandy roads. We tried and managed to drive on the sand but obviously we got stuck in the sand as soon as we stopped and had to dig the car out by hand. However, we found out that we can drive up to the Makgadikgadi Pans (world’s largest network of salt pans) without problems. Of course we knew that we wouldn’t be able to reach the pans’ famous Kudu island with our limited two wheels drive but we thought to have a nice overview nevertheless.

To get there, we camped at the phenomenal Planet Baobab where 18 large baobabs gracefully throw shade around the site. To see baobabs, (or to swim right under one – see picture below) this is the place to be! 

Relaxing on a hamac under a baobab can also be enjoyed there…

…while savouring the sour-grapefruit-vanilla taste of the green-velvet-looking baobab fruit…

…or enjoying night walks along the lightened centuries old baobabs:

The next day, we got some local tips to reach a 2×4 friendly road that would lead us to the pans. As opposed to the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia which is the biggest single salt pan in the world, Botswana’s Makgadikgadi network of patched salt pans is the largest. 

We decided to stay another night at the Planet Baobab (highly, highly recommended!) before heading towards the small town of Kasane, right before the Botswana-Zambian border.