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Town Medium Serowe

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Located in Botswana :: Eastern Botswana/Tuli  :: Serowe
Category: Places :: Town Medium

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Serowe was founded in 1903 by Kgosi Khama III, leader of the Bamangwato tribe. Today, it's the capital of the Central District and the capital of the Bamangwato people. With a population of just over 47 000, it's the sixth largest settlement in Botswana and almost the same size as the busy tourist hub of Maun.

Sir Seretse Khama, son of Kgosi Khama III, and the first president of independent Botswana, was born here. The village played centre stage in the drama around his marriage to an European english woman, Ruth Williams. They are both buried in the Royal Cemetery in town, and a statue for Sir Khama can be found at the kgotla (meeting place) at the foot of Serowe Hill.

Traveller Description

The Khama III Memorial Museum displays furniture, uniforms, correspondence and photographs centred around the Khama family and the history of Serowe. The town is still referred to as the Royal Village due to its connection with the Khama family.

The London Missionary Society church was reconstructed in Serowe using the original stones from which it was first built in Old Palapye village.

The Khama Rhino Sanctuary, 30km northeast of Serowe, is an excellent overnight stop on the way to the interior and well worth an extra night or two on your journey. The sanctuary was established in 1992 to protect the remainder of Botswana's rhinos; both white and black rhino are present here as well as several mammal species and more than 230 bird species. The venue offers large shaded campsites as well as self-catering bungalows.

Contact [ correction ]
Address :  Serowe, Eastern Botswana/Tuli, Botswana
Cellphone Reception :  Good Main Cellular Network :  Mascom. Orange. Be Mobile

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Destination Information [ correction ]
Police Station :  Yes   Police Telephone :  +267 463 0222
Hospital : Yes   Hospital Telephone :  +267 463 0333
Doctor : Yes   Doctor Telephone :  +267 463 7663
Petrol :  Yes   Petrol Type :  LRP/ ULP
Diesel :  Yes
Towing Service :  Yes
Facilities :  Gas Refill, Shopping Centre, Shops, General Dealer, Bank, ATM, Foreign Exchange, Internet Cafe, Lodging, Camping, Butchery, Liquor, Restaurant, Pharmacy, Airstrip, Tyre Repair, Tyre Sales, Mechanical Repair

Activities [ correction ]
Game Viewing, Game Drives, Night Drives, Quad Bikes, 4WD Trails, Tours and Excursions, Picnics, Hiking Trails, Guided Walks, Mountain Biking, Donkey Cart Drives, Fishing, Swimming, Diving, Snorkelling, Surfing, Sea_Kayaking, Sailing, Boat Trips, Bird Watching

Travelling Information [ correction ]
Closest Main Route :  B145

Serowe Canvas sells canvas camping products and will do canvas repairs, while the Midas sells vehicle spares and outdoor equipment.

Sekgoma Memorial Hospital is a large training hospital and offers modern medical facilities with the latest technological equipment.

There's a Midas Spares, Battery Centre and Toyota in town, as well as a number of fuel stations. Bus Terminal/s.
The shopping centre at Boiteko Junction has a well-stocked Super Spar, banks and a tyre repair shop.

 Travel Tip!

If you plan to overnight at Khama Rhino Sanctuary, book an early morning rhino tracking safari, or hire a knowledgeable guide to accompany you in your vehicle for a two hour game drive.

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