Goo-Moremi Gorge – Explore the ancient natural beauty of Moremi Gorge within the Tswapong Hills of Botswana, where endangered Cape vultures breed on the outcrops above the ancestral waterfalls, in the protected national heritage site of Goo-Moremi Gorge.
They offer five shaded campsites, all are serviced daily by our friendly staff. The campsites are well marked and sign posted. The gorge was formed by numerous seasonal rivers fed by natural springs, which carve deep into the hills and cliffs. The springs form permanent waterfalls which plummet down into deep pools below, fringed by a variety of unique vegetation found nowhere else in Botswana. One important rule interpreted by the Komana is that the pools in the gorge are reserved for the ancestors, and swimming is not allowed in them.
Activities offered are all based on walking trails and bird watching within the conservancy, all lead by our local national museum guides. The Moremi region was once the home of the Bapedi/Batswapong people, and as a result, it is rich in historical- and archaeological findings.
The gorge was formed by numerous seasonal rivers fed by natural springs, which carve deep into the hills and cliffs. The springs form permanent waterfalls which plummet down into deep pools below, fringed by a variety of unique vegetation found nowhere else in Botswana. One important rule interpreted by the Komana is that the pools in the gorge are reserved for the ancestors.
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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.