Botswana – Kubu Island
On my 3rd visit back to Botswana I was able to go on a small road trip with my friend Luisa and we decided to visit a couple of places one new to me and one that I fell in love with the first time I was there.
Lying southeast of the Okavango Delta and surrounded by the Kalahari desert Makgadikgadi is technically not a single pan but many pans with sandy desert in between, the largest being the Sua (Sowa), Ntwetwe and Nxai Pans. The largest individual pan is about 1,900 sq mi (4,921.0 km2).
We were told by a few people in Gabs that Kubu Island is a must see place and we wouldn’t regret it. It took us a day and half to drive to the start of the pan where we could book one night camping on the Island and for entrance and camping costing around £15 each it seemed reasonable enough.
It’s run by a local community trust and the money goes back to the employment of the staff that work and maintain the place. Kubu Island is a igneous rock “island” in the salt flat of Sua pan. Kubu Island lies in the south western quadrant of Sua Pan, contains a number of baobab trees, and is protected as a national monument
When someone told me that in the middle of a salt pan there was a granite rock Island full of Baobab trees, it’s difficult to comprehend the size and beauty and spiritual nature that the Island offers to you.
When you first arrive there are 8 designated camping sites to choose from, all are different in their layout and the baobabs that the camp has, so it took us a while to choose our own site.
The Island is a very special place, the camping facilities are basic with a small drop toilet and no shower facilities so if you can get past that it’s a place to unwind and experience a remote wilderness.