Mark Dum­ble­ton’s ode to Kubu Is­land in Botswana – a place of oth­er­worldly land­scapes, mag­i­cal baob­abs and starry skies.

Lekhubu Is­land in Botswana, com­monly re­ferred to as Kubu Is­land, is a mys­ti­cal place: a rock out­crop full of baobab and ch­est­nut trees, lost in the ex­panse of the Mak­gadik­gadi Pans. Get­ting there is no easy task: The road is rough and can be haz­ardous af­ter rain. But that just makes you ap­pre­ci­ate it even more. For a land­scape pho­tog­ra­pher like Mark Dum­ble­ton, Kubu is a kind of Shangri-La: clear skies filled with stars, a hori­zon with no end in sight, those trees… “Kubu Is­land is so re­mote and beau­ti­ful, when you’re there it feels like noth­ing else ex­ists in the world,” Mark says. “It’s an es­cape in so many ways. Stand­ing on the edge, look­ing into the dis­tance and see­ing ab­so­lutely noth­ing… It’s mag­i­cal.” The best spots for pho­tog­ra­phy are on the east­ern and north­ern sides of the is­land, where the baob­abs stand apart from each other and some won­der­ful rock for­ma­tions oc­cur. If you want to shoot at night, make sure you do a recce dur­ing the day first be­cause it can get dis­ori­en­tat­ing once the sun goes down.

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