Palapye

Palapye

Things to do - general

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.

Country Botswana

Sports & nature

The 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.Sports and nature image

Culture and history info

The 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.Culture and history image
Camp Itumela

Camp Itumela

, Palapye
Price per night from BWP 464
Camp Itumela offer camping and chalets in Palapye, Botswana. There are several local attractions and More info
Camp Itumela  - Camping

Camp Itumela - Camping

, Palapye
Camp Itumela is in Palapye, Botswana. Palapye is approximately halfway between Francistown and Gabor More info
Cresta Botsalo Hotel

Cresta Botsalo Hotel

, Palapye
Cresta Botsalo Hotel is a fully licensed hotel with a 24 hour front desk. Between Gaborone and Franc More info
Goo Moremi Gorge

Goo Moremi Gorge

, Palapye
Explore the ancient natural beauty of Moremi Gorge within the Tswapong Hills of Botswana, where enda More info
Goo-Moremi Gorge - Camping

Goo-Moremi Gorge - Camping

, Palapye
Goo-Moremi Gorge – Explore the ancient natural beauty of Moremi Gorge within the Tswapong Hill More info

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