I must also say that I haven’t been there for a while: Last visit December 2015.
- The drive to Lekhubu Island / Kubu Island through the pans, with wide open spaces, the hoodia (plants) and all the raptors. We were also fortunate once to see springbuck.
- The massive Baobabs, and rock formations
- The history (see below)
- The silence
Lekhubu Island / Kubu Island is situated on the southern periphery of the Sowa Pan, which is the largest pan of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.
The easiest route to the pans is via Letlhakane and Mmatshumo. There are other routes, non of which I have traveled on.
Lekhubu / Kubu Island is a rock out crop which was submerged in the water of the great Lake Makgadigkadi which was one of the largest lakes in Africa. Kubu is a Setswana name for a hippopotamus while Lekhubu means a rock outcrop.
About 10 000 years ago the Lake Makgadikgadi dried up and Lekhubu was left an island surrounded by miles and miles of white salt. Research indicates that climatic changes and earth movements over thousands and thousands of years caused this dramatic change to take place.
Low rock walls on the southern side of Lekhubu Island / / Kubu Island dates back to the great Zimbabwean empire. It is believed that this used to be the initiation center for males. Stone cairns are also found, which are said to be markers of those who initiated.
On the north eastern side of the island are massive rocks that protrude far higher than any of the other rocks, it is here that the local Basarwa people have maintained a shrine.
Camping is available at the island, but you need to be totally self sufficient. You get a piece of land and there is a long drop near by.
Moriti Wa Selemo is a wonderful place to visit, it is situated in a forest, not far from the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.
Best time to visit:
The best time to visit is during the dry months (April – October). During the wet season there is a good chance of getting stuck. There are places on the pans where 3 vehicles got stuck and today you can still just see their roofs.
- You need to be totally self sufficient with respect to water, fuel, food and camping equipment.
- It is worth visiting on a full moon, which we have done, and I can imagine the opposite, with no moon, would also be very impressive.
- Lekhubu is a sacred place, so please respect this whilst visiting.