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City Ghanzi

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Located in Botswana :: Western Botswana/Ghanzi :: Ghanzi
Category: Places :: City

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Ghanzi is the capital of the Ghanzi District, and with over 12 000 residents, the largest village in the region.

In 1874 six European families under leadership of Hendrik van Zyl arrived in the Ghanzi region and obtained a concession from the local Tawana chief to farm the land. In 1898, after Bechuanaland became a British Protectorate, the British settled 37 European families around Ghanzi, in order to form a buffer against German colonisation from German South West Africa. Descendants of these families still live in Ghanzi, joined by other Afrikaner trekkers in the early years, and account for the large number of Afrikaans- and English-speaking people here. Other tribes include the San, Basarwa, Bakgalagadi and Baherero.

The people of Ghanzi mostly farm on some 200+ cattle farms surrounding the town, these provide more than 75% of the free-range beef that the Botswana exports to the EU and UK.

There are different views on the origin of the name Ghanzi (sometimes spelled Gantsi): some say it comes from the San word for a one-stringed musical instrument, others think it comes from the Setswana word 'gantsi' which means flies, while others say it comes from the Naro word 'gaentsii' that means 'swollen buttocks' and refers to the good condition of the antelope (and now cattle) which occurred in the region.

Contact [ correction ]
Address : Ghanzi Tourism office, Opposite Bus Rank next to Delta Pharmacy, Plot 71, White City, Ghanzi, Western Botswana, Botswana
Postal : P.O. Box 282, Ghanzi, Western Botswana, Botswana.
Contact : Ghanzi Tourism Office
Tel : +267 65 967 04
Fax : +267 65 967 06
Email : Click Here
Cellphone Reception : Good Main Cellular Network : Mascom. Orange. Be Mobile

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Destination Information [ correction ]
Police Station : Yes   Police Telephone : +267 659 6222
Hospital : Yes   Hospital Telephone : +267 659 6334
Doctor : Yes   Doctor Telephone : +267 659 6727
Tourist Information : Yes   Tourist Information Telephone : +267 659 6704
Petrol : Yes   Petrol Type : LRP/ ULP   Petrol Price Index : BWP8,10 (Aug-17)
Diesel : Yes   Diesel Price Index : BWP8,26 (Aug-17)
Towing Service : Yes   Towing Service Telephone: +267 7173 9203
Facilities : Shopping Centre, Shops, General Dealer, Bank, ATM, Tour Services, Lodging, Camping, Butchery, Bakery, Liquor, Restaurant, Pharmacy, Airport, Airstrip, Tyre Repair, Mechanical Repair

Facilities [ correction ]
Other Facilities : Auto Spares. Municipal. Prison. Bar/s. Court. Computer/IT Services. Wholesale Services. Wildlife Services.

Activities [ correction ]
Game Viewing, Game Drives, Night Drives, Quad Bikes, 4WD Trails, Tours and Excursions, Picnics, Hiking Trails, Guided Walks, Horse Trails, Fishing, Swimming, Bird Watching, Stargazing
Notes on Activities: (Some activities may be offered nearby).

Travelling Information

Many of the farms also do game ranching, and offer accommodation in lodges and campsites.

Depending on the status of Foot and Mouth Disease outbreaks, you may not be allowed to transport red meat from east to west, (for example travelling from Maun to Ghanzi) and your vehicle will be inspected at the Ngamiland Veterinary Control Gate for the presence of uncooked beef.

Ghanzi is the agricultural centre for the surrounding cattle farms, and has supermarkets, banks and fuel stations.

Gantsi Craft: +267 659 6241; [email protected]
Kuru Art Project: [email protected]; www.kuruart.com.

 Travel Tip!

The Ghanzi District is one of the best cattle ranging areas in the world, it’s famous for its high quality, free-range beef which you can purchase from local butchers or the new Shoprite in Ghanzi.

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