|Limpopo Valley Airfield|
|Air Botswana Office at LVA.|
We had a power cut soon after arriving but fortunately the kitchen is gas powered so still got to have the very good value 3 course meal from the menu. The owners were really nice and chatty, and gave us a map of the area with directions as to how to find birds and hippos in the river if we wanted. The main A3 road is next to the Motel and woke us up early, so we got off, going in the direction of Gweta.
The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans are all that remains of a prehistoric super lake, that were fed by great rivers from the North. The inland lake was said to be the biggest in Africa. When the lake last held water is uncertain, what is known is that the water levels fluctuated; this can be seen by the varying ancient shoreline at places like Kubu Island, now a rugged outcrop of granite with fossil beaches and shells on its ‘beach’. The Pans cover a large; over 12000km2 area, and are flat and almost featureless. I wanted to see the Pans, but to also visit Chapman’s Baobab. With our guide we drove on a sand road South of Gweta through Mopani bush that was dotted with small cattle Kraals. We drove out onto the vast white pans heading to Kubu Island, but turned back onto land to find the famous Baobab.
|Chapman's Baobab, Gweta, Botswana.|
|We look like ants on the tree.|
The next day we were up early and left Gweta at 07.00 as we had to get to Kasane and the Chobe River for 12.30.
|Room at Gweta Lodge.|