It's Planet Baobab's 10th Birthday! 17 May 2010 Heading.jpg


Planet Baobab has turned ten!  To celebrate, we held a birthday party at the Planet Baobab tea garden and invited Juliet Rakenossi, the creative mastermind behind this charming feature to be our guest of honour.


Our Guides also had something to celebrate as they have just completed their annual training in the ‘University of the Kalahari’! After spending hours in the field with their fearless leader, Ralph Bousfield and the Researchers, they returned to camp full of enthusiasm and Makgadikgadi know-how!


One of our graduates, Kemi, the first female Motswana Guide to specialise in the desert was recently afforded the privilege of guiding the renowned author of the No 1 Ladies’ Detectives Agency, Alexander McCall Smith through the Makgadikgadi. Inspired by the experience, Mr McCall Smith decided to base a character in his new book, The Double Comfort Safari Club, on her life!


Planet Baobab may be an affordable and unpretentious camp but our standards and uniquely quirky style are recognized on an international level! Planet Baobab’s funky bar is listed no 38 (Top Safari Bar) in Food & Wine Magazine USA’s 100 Best New Food and Drink experiences! Our restaurant and bar serve scrumptious pan-African dishes and we are vegetarian-friendly!


Out in the field, the Meerkats have also been starry-eyed this year. One colony’s dominant female gave birth to seven new fluffy pups. On average, a dominant female gives birth to four or five pups at one time. All these good times in the Kalahari follow life-giving rain. A litter of seven therefore has to be an indication of good times to be had!


All freshly trained eyes will be on the salt pans, which, when dried up, will pave the way to Kubu Island, a destination of austere beauty for our new Quad Bike Adventures. Sleep out under the stars amongst the giant boulders and ancient baobabs of Kubu Island...


Oh yes – and just to prove there can be contentment in a simple tent, we’ve added a tented village to our accommodations – Six simple but, comfy and cosy tents share the Planet Baobab ablution facilities offering yet another “Affordable Africa” experience!