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Kubu Island: island of Tree of Life

Kubu Island is a national monument.

The Island lies on the western shoreline of the Sua Pan, a natural depression of Botswana.

Thousands of years ago this pan was an inland lake called Lake Makgadikgadi, with water 45m deep. Because of tectonic movement, the earth surface tilted and the flow of water from the tributaries shifted eastwards towards the Indian Ocean. The lake then gradually filled up with wind-blown sand until it became as flat and open as we see it today.

On the island there are many archeological artifacts such as the stone wall, built sometime in the XVII century by the great Zimbabweans, surrounding the area in which they lived. Some other populations probably settled here even before the great Zimbabweans, when there was still water on the island.

The wall used to be high and have small holes that served as windows, but because of animal activity and weather elements over the years, most of it has now collapsed.

On the outcrop there are about 500 stone cairns which are said to be markers of the initiation schools, areas where boys were brought for initiation.

In this area you can find pottery sheds and ostrich eggshell beads that local people used as offerings for their ancestors, together with animal skins. The offerings were left in a small cave that they regarded as a shrine. The locals believed the ancestors would give them powers of healing and of prosperity.

Kubu Island is a vast, open land where you can look as far as the eye can see and enjoy the mesmerizing sunrise and sunset. It’s the only place where you can enjoy peace, silence and a breathtaking scenic view“.


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