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Camp Itumela is in Palapye, Botswana. Palapye is approximately halfway between Francistown and Gaborone.
Camp Itumela is described as a lush, green oasis in otherwise dusty surroundings, and you will agree with this sentiment when you arrive there after a day’s traveling in the heat of Botswana. Camp Itumela offers a range of accommodation options.
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4 ablution blocks with hot and cold water, power points, well-equipped campers’ kitchens with microwaves, kettles, crockery and cutlery, pots and pans.
You can enjoy scrumptious home-cooked meals at the restaurant in Camp Ithumela in Botswana, with an added bonus: you can eat as much as you like! For those wishing to prepare their own food, there are two fully equipped self-catering ( self contained ) kitchens at Camp Itumela in Botswana. The special braai area outside the pub in Camp Itumela is a real gem. Not only does Camp Itumela provide the fire, all utensils, pots, pans, cutlery and crockery.
While enjoying the hospitality of Camp Itumela in Botswana, visit the ruins of Phalatswe (also called Old Palapye). This was the home of the Bamangwato people, who were the first people to settle in this area. Their leader was Kama III. The Khama Rhino Sanctuary is 80 km from Camp Itumela, while the Moremi Gorge Falls are 40 km from Camp Itumela in Botswana.
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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.