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The island that looks like a mirage of baobabs (Kubu, Botswana)

An island of dry granite rock that emerges from a salt flat, as if it were a mirage in a completely (or almost) desolate region. Among so much inhospitable and rocky landscape, “oases” emerge from a few baobabs that look like ghosts. Kubu Island is located within the Makdadikgadi Pans National Park in Botswana, near Sua Spit and it’s not strictly an island, but it looks like one. It is a sacred place for the natives of the area, and a national monument.

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For more precision, the igneous rock island is located in the Sowa and Ntwetwe salt flats, part of the Makgadikgadi salt flats in the middle of the dry savannah in northeastern Botswana. The site was a huge lake that once covered an area larger than the territory of Switzerland. Today it appears as a salt desert, or most of the year, as a dry crust of salty mud on which occasionally some salt grows. grass. You can travel in 4 × 4 vehicles until you reach the island of Kubu.

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Christian Baltrusch

Christian Baltrusch

Christian Baltrusch

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Precisely because of the inhospitable nature of the site, human and animal life is minimal. Some areas are used for grazing, while others are fenced off to prevent wildlife migration. To get to Kubu Island and tour the salt flat, most excursions depart from Orapa and Letlhakane, two nearby mining towns.

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