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Kubu (Botswana)

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  • Encounters with locals
  • Island
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Off the beaten track
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
20km from Orapa in a 4x4
When to go

All year round

Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Kubu

Camille Griffoulieres Seasoned Traveller
111 written opinions

Located in the Makgadikgadi Pan in northern Botswana, Kubu Island is a holy place for the Khoe people, on which you can stay in a camp is run by a local community. It has been classed as a national monument.

My suggestion:
Take the time to get to know the Bushmen in the local community who run the place; interactions are unique here and it's fair tourism. 
My review

I really liked Kubu Island. Firstly, because it's mystical. It's an island consisting of a granite rock in the centre of an expanse which is liable to flooding (or already flooded depending on the season), the Makgadikgadi Pan. This former salt lake, now evaporated and has left dry, white plains which surround this island, planted with baobabs; quite frankly the scenery is magnificent.

The island is holy to the Khoe people who lived in the region before the arrival of the Bantu people (from northern Africa), then European settlers. Prehistoric flints and pieces of pottery have been found here, bearing witness to a very early human presence. 

The camp is really rustic, but it's managed by the local Khoe village. You can go for a stroll in the bush with a local guide, who will explain how the plants are used and will direct you to friendly armadillos around the camp (who aren't too shy)! It's a really good idea to stop and camp there.

View from Kubu Island
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