Kubu Island
Kubu Island
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Kubu Island’s granite rock surface is stained white with fossilized bird droppings and riddled with other prehistoric artifacts and stone ruins. The entire island is a national monument.
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ondrea f
Monrovia, CA9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
I'm just absolutely gobsmacked that this place has such high reviews. People go to Botswana to see wildlife and they usually have to drive pretty far to the campsites, This drive took it to all new levels unforeseen for the whole world. Not only getting there really sucked, the signs lie about how many kilometers it takes to get there (72 km sign says actually 100 km!) and on the tire got awful drive there was no wildlife , but just cattle and lots of it!. I should have read the description before you attempted to get there. Seriously whose world travelers itinerary is to see a bunch of rocks and fossilized bird poop?! No thanks so I turned around and went to another campsite more to my taste. On top of that, a friend of ours went there and said there's no ablutions and the wind was so bad that they had to physically hold the tent all night long so it wouldn't blow away and there were two strangers that drove around the camp at 2:00 a.m. in a pickup truck. This is the worst campsite of all of Botswana. I don't get these people thinking it's good. It is God awful. If you want to see a bunch of cattle and drive to eternity for something that serves absolutely no point other than a lot of wind no water, ablutions ( not even those buckets you fill) and no toilet then to each his own
Written October 26, 2022
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Marie H
Limpopo Province, South Africa24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
Lekhubu Island, also known as Kubu Island, is a must see historical site in the Makgadikgadi Pans, administered by the Botswana National Museum. The 65km route from Letlakane needs a 4x4 and takes more than two hours through the Makgadikgadi Pans. We lost the route a few times, even back-tracked twice, because of a lack of indicators and a myriad of re-routes where people had been stuck in the mud before. We visited in August when the Pans were dry. It will possibly be quite a treacherous drive during the rainy season. Kubu is an unexpected spectacle of rocks and baobab trees surrounded by kilometers of flat salt pans that blend with the horizon in all directions. One can see how it will literally be an island during the wet season. We saw many different bird species and signs of animal life - fresh antelope tracks and old elephant dung. This place deserves all the stars that covers it like a dome at night - for its setting and for its uniqueness! But sadly, for the price one pays compared to other camping sites, it lacks the very basics. There's no facilities, no water, only a few long drop toilets and a dilapidated house where people check on your booking and sell wood. And none of this information was supplied when we made the booking through the Gaing-O-Community Trust. kubu.island@btcmail.co.bw
Written September 4, 2017
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DTDP
Johannesburg, South Africa12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Family
Don't get me wrong, this is still an amazing place to visit if you havent been there. It is just a pity commercialization has forced this natural beauty to now have allocated campsites with little or no view of the pans. Previously one were able to camp on the pans or alongside Kubu Island with a view of the sunset. Now you have to walk far out onto the pans to do this. The charge of 150Pulas for staying there without any services for the money paid I consider as a rip off by the local community.
Written April 5, 2013
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Emm J
Gauteng115 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Friends
Kubu island has so much potential - the tranquillity and peace of this site should simply make it a major attraction. Regrettably the fact that it is overrun by local cattle makes for a very unpleasant stay as the cow droppings and urine have a strong unpleasant smell and are massive fly attractors. The local community run plan is not working! The toilets are in disrepair and doors falling off the portable units that are dotted throughout the site. Its overpriced for what it is offering.
Written January 2, 2013
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cardiak
Melbourne Beach, FL263 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
Coming from the North, Dead and dying trees interspersed amongst brown grass while driving for 3 1/2 hours on a rough dirt, rock, and sand road with many places to get stuck will bring you to Kubu Island. Along the way you will see donkey, horses, and cows but not a single bit of wildlife. 

There are NO facilities here: no water, no electricity, no abolution blocks, no communication. All this for just 468 Pula. 

Get out of here driving south on the seasonal access road across the pan ASAP. This hole is hell on earth!
 
Written August 30, 2016
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fanie18
Cape Town, South Africa17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Friends
We visited Kubu the 12 of July 2016. if you visit Kubu Island make sure that your vehicle is up to it. The road is a challenge. We travel 5 hours on 70 kilometers. The dust is everywhere. When you arrived at the Island immediately the beauty replace the bad road. The lady at reception is friendly and very positive about her work for the last 6 years. The campsite is big and can accommodate at least 3 groups of 4x4 trailers. You must bring everything with. There is wood along the road for sale, buy enough. There is only a long drop (very suspect). If you go to Kubu the main activity is photography. Make sure you scout the area well before sunset. This was one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited.
Written September 7, 2016
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Chris F
Batheaston, UK113 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
Strongly recommend this place. Stunning location and spectacular views across the empty pans. The sunsets and sunrises are a must. There are limited camp spots (all on the south side)and you should book ahead. No power nor water. Only toilets are drop boxes. You pay when you get there . There are some locals who live in the staff house and will come around in the evening for payment.
I must warn you about the drive. The quickest but bumpiest route seems to be from the south through mmatshumo . It took about 2.5 hours with a trailer. We drove out North west to gweta on the a1. A far better track but long. It took over 4 hrs.....
Written July 9, 2015
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Kalaharikind v
Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Friends
Magical is the only word i could use the describe the setting and atmosphere of Kubu. Admin was fast and effective and very friendly staff. The ablutions however is almost non existent witch creates a def bio and health hazard as all the people are using the surrounding area for their toilet needs. We will def visit again.
Written October 5, 2013
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JohannesburgBretski
Johannesburg23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Friends
Kubu Island has been on my bucket list for a number of years. The sheer beauty of the ancient Baobabs silhouetted against the vast nothingness of the pan in some of the most amazing sunrises and sunsets I have ever seen! The place has a mystical beauty that surrounds it and it is worth spending more than one night to appreciate the natural beauty of Kubu Island. Facilities are extremely basic bordering on non existent but too me it is part of the appeal of Kubu Island. We had a full moon which was absolutely amazing to watch rise over the miles and miles of nothing over the pan. It was both a bonus and a disappointment as the bright moon did not allow us to enjoy the majestic skies and stars as we might have had it been somewhat darker. Kubu Island a truly magical place.
Written September 3, 2013
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Abel
Bloubergstrand, South Africa309 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
Staying at Kubu Island is always a great rewarding experience. Even though one must be self sufficient in as far as food water and showering. The campsites are far apart and set amongst the magnificent Boaab Trees. But the best time of day is at sunset and then the milky-way is painted above you at night.
Written August 28, 2019
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