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African Ranches River Camp Botswana is situated on the banks of the second largest river in Southern Africa, the majestic Limpopo River in the Tuli Block, Botswana. The perfect campsite for a weekend getaway or overnight stop en-route to central or northern Botswana. This is definitely the epitome of camping!
The Campsite in Botswana has sweeping river views, scattered with a large variety of indigenous trees, and an incredible bird life for the keen birdwatcher. Enjoy the sight of hippos frolicking in the water as well as crocodiles lazing in the sun. African Ranches River Camp Botswana offers the ideal getaway for the nature loving family or a special group of friends to partake in nature’s quiet, peace and tranquility.
The campsite offers ablution facilities with hot and cold water showers, although there is no electricity. Drinking water is available and firewood is supplied for the water boiler and fire.They offer camping stands for tents, caravans, the enthusiastic 4×4’s, overlanders etc.
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In many ways, the sprawling village/ town of Serowe is an important custodian of Botswana’s contemporary history.
During the days of the Bechuanaland protectorate (1885 onwards), it was a point of settlement for European missionaries and traders. Two giant leadwood trees – still standing near the dirt trail once used by early travellers – were road markers.
Serowe was a place of refuge for the Ngwato nation, who migrated from Old Palapye in 1902 to the green and fertile region that was surrounded – and thus protected – by hills. It grew to such a size that for years it was called the largest village in sub-Saharan Africa.
Today you can visit the London Missionary Society (LMS) church, its tall steeple still an important landmark for the town, as it was for missionaries, prospectors and explorers who came from far and wide. The massive church was reconstructed with the original stones it had first been built with in Old Palapye.
Serowe is the birthplace of the country’s founding father – and first president – Sir Seretse Khama. And much of the drama of his controversial marriage to an Englishwoman, Ruth Williams, was played out in this village. Today their graves are situated near the Ngwato totem, the duiker (phuti in Setswana) in the royal cemetery. (You must obtain permission to visit these sites).
At the kgotla – the traditional meeting place and customary court, situated below Serowe Hill, there stands an impressive statue of Sir Seretse Khama, erected to mark the tenth anniversary of his death.
The Khama III Memorial Museum – named after Seretse’s father, who died when Seretse was young – is housed in a red Victorian building, recently restored, and containing a fascinating collection of furniture, uniforms, correspondence and photographs that chronicle the legacy of the Khama family, and the history of Serowe.
For arts and crafts lovers, there are shopping opportunities at the Boithselo project where the Bakgalagadi and San peoples manufacture attractive and unique products.
Sports & natureToday you can visit the London Missionary Society (LMS) church, its tall steeple still an important landmark for the town, as it was for missionaries, prospectors and explorers who came from far and wide. The massive church was reconstructed with the original stones it had first been built with in Old Palapye.
Culture and history infoSerowe has a memorial to Khama III, chief of the Bamangwato people in the late 19th and early 20th century. In 1903 he founded as a new capital Serowe, Bamangwato.New International Encyclopedia. It is also the birthplace of Seretse Khama, Botswana's first President, and the traditional center of the Bamangwato tribe. Swaneng Hill School in Serowe was the first of the Brigades Movement schools founded by educationalist Patrick van Rensburg.