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A quad-bike safari to sleep under the stars on the Makgadikgadi Pan

1/5 Travelling to camp across the white expanse of the Pan on quad-bikes.
© Uncharted Africa, Kubu Safaris Travelling to camp across the white expanse of the Pan on quad-bikes.
2/5 Travelling to camp across the white expanse of the Pan on quad-bikes.
© Uncharted Africa, Kubu Safaris Travelling to camp across the white expanse of the Pan on quad-bikes.
3/5 The only lights in sight, other than gzillions of stars.
© Uncharted Africa, Kubu Safaris The only lights in sight, other than gzillions of stars.
4/5 The eerie site of a an island of granite, and thousand-year old baobabs in the middle of the Pan.
© Uncharted Africa The eerie site of a an island of granite, and thousand-year old baobabs in the middle of the Pan.
5/5 A warm campfire and a cold drink, as far away as you can get.
© Uncharted Africa, Kubu Safaris A warm campfire and a cold drink, as far away as you can get.

A unique quad bike safari into the wilderness of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans, and a night or two sleeping on bedrolls under the stars on giant rocks.

Clear, bright stars reaching from horizon to horizon, meeting the white expanse of the Makgadikgadi describing the curvature of the earth; a full 360° panorama.  A raw, exhilarating ride across the pan on quad bikes to the picture-perfect Kubu Island – a surreal ‘scape of huge round boulders and the twisted trunks of baobab trees.  This giant playground and archaeological curiosity is best explored as the red sun descends, chilled drink in hand.

Cosy bedrolls are laid out on the warm granite and, following a friendly meal around the camp-fire, you lie back and gaze at your stellar ceiling, the silence of the desert carried on the clear night air.

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