Kubu Island, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

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A surreal landscape awaits at Kubu Island, a dry granite rock outcrop located in the largest salt pan complex in the world. Up to 1.25 m (4 ft) high, the dry stone wall with 24 loopholes related to the great Zimbabwe ruins. Look for hundreds of circular ritual stone cairns. This area is also an important prehistoric excavation spot for ancient pottery sheds and ostrich eggshell beads. Drive through and see endemic baobab trees. It is considered a sacred site, so ancient taboos on hunting and rock collecting are prohibited. Use our Makgadikgadi Pans National Park trip site to add Kubu Island and other attractions to your Makgadikgadi Pans National Park vacation plans.
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  • After leaving the A3 between Zoroga and Nata, we drove down the 91km of dirt track in various conditions to finally reach Lekubu Island for the sunset: it was staggering. The same can be said about th...  more »
  • Supplements out to drive 2 hours on this inhospitable place depending on the breaks. In the meantime, there are gates, we even had to open and close. None was required. We had pre booked the camp site, but there were also some free. Totally impressive Baobas and chestnut trees you actually hit his camp. There is neither electricity nor water here - so back tho the ruthts. Been driving on the salt pan is an experience. In the dry no problem. You can see to the horizon only pan, white Pan! The extraordinary ancient baobabs and strange layered stone walls are on the island. The sunset is fascinating. At night, you can watch the stars well - there's no other light source. Absolutely worth seeing! A fantastically unreal charming place!
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  • After a few hours drive we probably arrive at the most remote point in Botswana. Kubu island is a mystical and exciting at the same time. Bizarre Baobab trees, rock formations and nothing else drum around. We spent two nights and enjoyed them extensively and explored. There are only campsites and self catering!
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  • Best place to camp! Got really amazing shots. It’s a Must visit in Botswana!
  • dreamy landscape...
  • Nice camping. No water or showers. Pit-latrines are available but not maintained in a descent condition.
  • Lunar landscape of salt desert at dawn
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