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Masama Lodge & Camp Site is situated in and around sand stone protrusion that constitutes Swaneng Hills at 8km from Serowe and about 500km from Pretoria this therefore makes it a good stop over for people to the Deltas and from far South. The surrounding terrain scopes generally away from this protrusion is dominantly thorn veld.
Masama is a real African dream, it is just rustic and only for the people who are tired of city life. It has a beauty that is quite indigenous just in the bush.Visit and taste the combination of bush and cultural life.
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From our point, 8km West is Serowe Village, the biggest traditional home where the first president of Botswana (Sir Seretse Khama was born). We are on the A4 highway that runs between Serowe and Palapye.
Climbing of Swaneng Hill which is the highest point in the area, there are two swaneng thus male and female. When you are from male swaneng you can foot back to Masama Bush Camp on navigation through forest and while on the way you can pick up wild berries and bush braai can be arranged. The hill is at a distance of about 1.8 kilometres from the Bush Camp.
There are plenty of squirrels at Masama Camp Lodge, hence the concept of our logo. Activities include driving around Serowe Village and tours to old Malaka where Serowe had started and there are some old buildings
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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.