PALAPYE

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Itumela Rest Camp

Palapye has al­ways been a small town at a cross­roads, but it has grown in the last decade thanks to the nearby Moru­pele coal mine and ad­ja­cent power sta­tion.

At Itumela Rest Camp, in the old part of town, you can camp for P85 (R112) per adult; P55 (R72) per child un­der 12. A power point costs P25 (R33) ex­tra per day. Twin-sleeper chalet P480 (R630) per night. Three­sleeper chalet P550 (R722) per night. There is also a restau­rant and a swim­ming pool. GPS: S22.55967 E27.127355 Con­tact: 00 267 71 806 771;

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Goo-Moremi Gorge

This wa­ter-rich gorge is one of the big­gest sur­prises in Botswana. It’s hid­den in the Tswapong Hills east of Palapye. You’re only al­lowed to ex­plore the gorge with a guide be­cause it has re­li­gious sig­nif­i­cance for the Moremi com­mu­nity, and you’re not al­lowed to swim in the river. Still, you can hike to a wa­ter­fall and a view­point where you can see a breed­ing colony of vul­tures.

The re­sort near the gorge has five camp­ing stands: P120 (R158) per adult; P60 (R79) per child aged 6 – 15. The six chalets have views of the moun­tain. Twin chalet P850 (R1 116) per night; four-sleeper P1 160 (R1 523).

Stay at Goo-Moremi if you want to use the Grob­ler’s Bridge/Martin’s Drift bor­der post. It’s also close

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