Camp Itumela offer camping and chalets in Palapye, Botswana. There are several local attractions and ideally situated as an overnight stopover halfway between Johannesburg / Pretoria / Pietersburg and Maun / Chobe / Kasane / Delta!
Camp Itumela offers accommodation in pre-erected tents, en-suite cabins, chalets, electrified campsites, rooms and dorm rooms.
The electrified camping and caravan sites offer bricked braai-stands and plenty of shade. There are also three ablution blocks. Enjoy a shower under the stars in our thatched indoor ablutions, all with hot water, flush toilets and laundry basins.
Camp Itumela has an Internet café with WiFi Internet access as well as 24-hour laundry service, weather permitting. The family friendly, well-stocked bar includes a big screen TV with DStv, darts and a pool table. Ice, wood and braai packs are available for sale, as well as various curios. There is also a security guard for guests’ peace of mind.
The camp has a swimming pool that is the perfect place to relax and cool down, and a dinner buffet can be provided by prior arrangement, where you can enjoy our delicious home-cooked meals.
Local Attractions near the camp – Khama Rhino Sanctuary and the Goo-Moremi Gorge
Cancellation / Prepayment
Children and extra beds
- Outdoor pool
- Private bathroom
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Palapye is a large town in Botswana, situated about half way between Francistown and Gaborone (240 km away from Gaborone and 170 km away from Francistown). Over the years its position has made it a convenient stopover on one of Southern Africa’s principal north–south rail and road routes.
Located here is the Morupule Colliery coal mine, which supplies Morupule Power Station, Botswana’s principal domestic source of electricity. The power station has undertaken an expansion project to increase its generation capacity in an effort to meet the country’s increasing demand for electricity. Construction began in 2010. Currently, the plant produces 120 MW of electricity.
In 1997 Palapye was said to be the fastest-growing village in Africa, and was expected to expand its population from 30,000 to 180,000.
Sports & natureThe main sport played in Palapye is soccer, with many people also playing softball. Sports are usually played at school grounds, which have adequate facilities and fields. Palapye has currently four known soccer teams, FC Palapye, Palapye United and Palapye Swallows and Motlakase Power Dynamos. However, due to there being no stadium in the town, all four teams usually play their matches elsewhere, although occasionally some games are played in schools, on their sports fields. FC Palapye play their matches at either Letlhakane, Orapa, Francistown, Sua, Maun or Selibe Phikwe. Both teams are not well known teams, gathering only a very small handful of supporters.
Culture and history infoThe Bamangwato people, under Kgosi Khama III, are widely believed to be the first people to have settled near present-day Palapye. Their capital was the settlement of Phalatswe, also called Old Palapye, and was situated at the western end of the Tswapong Hills. It existed up to 1902, and the ruins of its church, built in 1892, are still to be seen a few kilometres from Palapye's town centre. Chief Khama contributed some 3,000 pounds to its construction, and took a keen interest in church affairs. The Bamangwato people's houses were initially clustered around the church, but finding its vicinity too rocky, they moved 1.5 km away. The name Palapye, formerly rendered as Palachwe or Palapwe, refers to the Impala antilope.