Rising like the grey-colored humps of hippo wallowing in muddy water, Kubu Island is a fitting name for the rock mounds that lie almost smack bang in the middle of Botswana's Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. "Kubu" is the local Setswana word for hippopotamus and besides describing the physical characteristics of the island, the local lingo for this popular off-road destination also alludes to its surprising watery history.
Only a 4wheel drive vehicle can access Kubu Island a You can access the island in the south via Gweta, north of the Makgadigadi Pans, or via Lethlakane. Take off-road navigation and ask someone familiar with the area for directions. You can camp below the baobabs on Kubu Island by booking with the Gaing O Community Trust, who are the custodians of the Kubu Island National Monument and campsite in Sua Pan. Take all you need to be self-sufficient. There is no water or firewood, and there are only very basic long drop ablutions. Be respectful. Locals still consider the island to be largely a sacred place
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