Note: Tours to all places mentioned below can be organised, but in advance.
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans:
This magnificent, massive expanse of open pans is a true, but hostile wilderness, so what better way to explore it, than staying in our lovely bush camp.
The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans originally was one of the largest inland lakes in Africa, but owing to a shift in the earth’s plates it dried up into what can be seen now.
Stunning views of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans can be seen from the ridge at Kaitshe not far from Moriti Wa Selemo.
After travelling miles across the pans this island stands out like a hippo’s back out of water. “Kubu” actually does mean hippo in Setswana, the local language.
You will be amazed by the enormous Baobab trees growing on the rocky outcrop and the amazing rocks themselves.
Venturing onto the island you will see ruins that date back to the time of the Great Zimbabwe empire and fossilised seagull droppings. This place is a must see on any trip to Botswana.
This lesser known and visited islands in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans is well worth going to. It has its own charm with a quiet and tranquil feel to it and has amazing views over the pans.
The Island has a rain-making shrine, a “Kalanga”, and hence a sacred place for the local communities.
It is also much easier to reach than Kubu Island and an easy drive from Moriti Wa Selemo.
Come and see one of the major birding attractions on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, the flamingos. These are in easy reach of the bush camp.
Being in a natural forest there is a wide diversity of birds visiting Moriti Wa Selemo. Bird paths placed around the camp helps to attract them even more.
Two natural springs occur in the area, here water flows out of them throughout the year giving the plants, animals and humans live giving water.
A number of trails have been cleared in the area. These vary in length and go past places of interest. These can easily be followed on foot, by bicycle or motor bike.
A number of pieces have been found in the area between the Moriti Wa Selemo and the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Some you won’t believe to be such until you pick it up and feel the weight.
These are fossils created when tree material is buried by sediment and not allowed to decay owing to oxygen and organisms in the sand. Water in the sediment rich in inorganic material, such as silica and calcite replaces the organic material. Details of the bark, wood and cellular structures are preserved.
This common African Tree is found all over the area and gets its name from the butterfly shaped leaves – Mopane meaning butterfly.
Between Moriti Wa Selemo and the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans we see some interesting formations of these trees as well as different sections where all trees in that part are at the same stage of development. There is a nursery section and even a Mopane graveyard.
In one section the tree’s roots have been restricted by the rock formations resulting in a whole forest of “bonsai” Mopanes