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Town Medium Letlhakane

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Located in Botswana :: Makgadikgadi  :: Letlhakane
Category: Places :: Town Medium

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In the early 70s, large diamond deposits were found in Botswana to the extent that mining makes up a quarter of Botswana’s GDP (gross domestic product), followed by the beef exports to the EU and tourism.

The Orapa mine outside Letlhakane was opened in 1972, followed shortly by the Letlhakane mine and more recently the Damtshaa Mine. The town of Letlhakane is surrounded by these three mines. Together with the Jwaneng Mine, the largest diamond mine in the world, these mines have made Botswana the world’s largest diamond producer, supplying about 25% of the world’s diamond trade in value. All four mines are operated by Debswana, a joint venture between the Botswana government and the De Beers mining company of South Africa.

Traveller Description

Whether you’re heading to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Nxai Pan Game
Reserve, or Lekhubu Island, Letlhakane is the best place to stop for fuel and supplies. There are four fuel stations, a large Spar supermarket, a bottle store, a pharmacy, several banks and a DWNP reservations office for those last minute bookings. You’ll also find a Botswana Tourism Office at the Shell fuel station.

Consider a visit to the Adrian Gale Diamond Museum, in Orapa. This venue explains the mining process and boasts a
curio shop, coffee shop, visitors’ lounge, as well as indoor and outdoor display areas.

Contact [ correction ]
Address :  Letlhakane, Makgadikgadi, Botswana
Tel :  +267 297 6327
Cellphone Reception :  Good Main Cellular Network :  Mascom. Orange

Directions [ correction ]

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Destination Information [ correction ]
Police Station :  Yes   Police Telephone :  +267(0)297 8222; +267(0)297 8224(Letlhakane police station)
Hospital : Yes   Hospital Telephone :  +267(0)297 8242(Letlhakane Primary Hospital)
Doctor : Yes   Doctor Telephone :  +267 297 6003 (Rapha Medical Centre)
Tourist Information :  Yes   Tourist Information Telephone :  +267 297 8585
Petrol :  Yes   Petrol Type :  LRP/ ULP
Diesel :  Yes   Diesel Type :  50ppm
Towing Service :  Yes   Towing Service Telephone :  +267(0)76 883 333 / +267(0)72 818 687(TUMEDISO ENTERPRISES (PTY) LTD, Located in francistown)
Facilities :  Gas Refill, Shopping Mall, Shopping Centre, Shops, General Dealer, Bank, ATM, Foreign Exchange, Lodging, Camping, Butchery, Bakery, Liquor, Restaurant, Airstrip, Tyre Repair, Tyre Sales, Mechanical Repair

Facilities [ correction ]
Other Facilities :  Auto Spares. Bar/s. Fast Food.

Activities [ correction ]
Game Viewing, Game Drives, Night Drives, Guided Walks, Swimming

Travelling Information [ correction ]
Closest Main Route :  A14

EMERGENCY SERVICES:
There is no embassy here.

FUEL:
There are two fuel stations at Mopipi, 85km north of Letlhakane, and a fuel station at Rakops, 145km north of Letlhakane - this last mentioned is notoriously unreliable and the first doesn’t always accept cards for payment. For this reason, it’s advisable to fill all your auxilliary fuel tanks at Letlhakane and just top up at Mopipi and Rakops.

HEALTH SERVICES:
A primary hospital in town can connect you to the doctor.

SHOPPING:
Good quality meat is available at the Spar.
There is a Choppies convenient shop in the town with basic facilities.

 Travel Tip!

A Caltex fuel station just off the A14 offers clean ablutions and good coffee. Granny’s Lodge boasts clean accommodation with safe parking for vehicles, and good meals at Granny’s Restaurant, next to the Shell Service Station.

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