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City Molepolole

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Located in Botswana :: Southern Botswana/Gaborone  :: Molepolole
Category: Places :: City


With a population of approximately 70 000 people, Molepolole is the largest village in Botswana and the administrative capital of the Kweneng District. It's home to the Bakwena tribe, one of the largest in Botswana, and the first group to be converted to Christianity by missionary David Livingstone. The town was named after the Molepolole River.

Traveller Description

The Kgosi Sechele I Museum was established in 1992 inside the old colonial police station, itself built in 1902. It exhibits the culture of the Bakwena and the history of the Kweneng District. A few kilometres west of Molepolole, the Ntsweng Heritage Site hosts the annual Dithubaruba Cultural Festival of the Bakwena.

The Scottish Livingstone Church was built early in the 20th Century and in turn established the Scottish Livingstone Hospital in the 30s. Both church and hospital are situated on the A12 main road which runs from Gaborone to Molepolole.

The 'Legoga Lwa Ga Kobekwe' (Kebokwe's Cave) also known as Livingstone's Cave, is just outside Molepolole, on the B11 road to Thamaga. According to Bakwena legend, a witch named Kebokwe was executed by throwing her off nearby rocks but she used her magic to land unharmed. Since then, giant snakes haunt the cave and surrounding hills. In 1847, David Livingstone, physician, missionary and explorer, convinced Kgosi Sechele I, chief of the Bakwena, that he would spend a night in the cave to prove that the spirits could not harm him. When he emerged unscathed the next morning, the chief briefly converted to Christianity.

Address :  Molepolole Town Council, Molepolole, Southern Botswana/Gaborone, Botswana
Contact :  Molepolole Town Council
Cellphone Reception :  Good Main Cellular Network :  Mascom. Orange. Be Mobile

Destination Information
Police Hospital Petrol Diesel Laundromat Shops Shopping Centre Bank ATM Lodging Butchery Liquor Restaurant Pharmacy Airport Tyre Repair Mechanical Repair
Police Telephone :  +267 592 0544
Hospital Telephone :  +267 590 8000
Petrol Type :  ALL
Diesel Type :  ALL

Other Facilities :  Stadium. Fast Food.

Travelling Information
Closest Main Route :  A12

Accommodation is aimed at business travel and conference meetings.

Hospital contact added is for the Scottish Livingstone Hospital. There is also a Khakha Clinic: Try: +267 588 9308.

Molepolole is a large, busy village with several fuel stops, Spar and Choppies Supermarket, restaurants and takeaways.

Useful numbers: Kgosi Sechele I Museum: Try: +267 59 20 917 (Mon-Fri: 07:30-17:30 & Sat:09:00-14:00).

For tyre sales and repairs, there is the Pro Tyres & Spares situated along Foaster K Kokorwe St.

 Travel Tip!

The area surrounding Molepolole is rich in history and cultural heritage, and well worth exploring. The Kgosi Sechele I Museum offers guided village tours.

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