This small village just north of Ghanzi is home to a large community of Ncoakhoe San who operate an art gallery, cultural centre and wildlife ranch under the auspices of the Kuru Family of Organisations, an affiliated group of nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) working towards the empowerment of the indigenous peoples of Southern Africa.
The historically significant town of Serowe is worth a detour if you’re in the area – ignore the modern town centre and instead spend time in two monuments to the past. In 1902 Chief Khama III abandoned the Bangwato capital in Phalatswe and built Serowe on the ruins of an 11th-century village at the base of Thathaganyana Hill.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
In 2000 the former Mabuasehube-Gemsbok National Park was combined with South Africa’s former Kalahari Gemsbok National Park to create the new Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The result is a 28,400-sq-km binational park that is one of the largest and most pristine arid wilderness areas on the continent.
Mokolodi Nature Reserve
This 3000-hectare private reserve was established in 1991 and is home to giraffes, elephants, zebras, baboons, warthogs, rhinos, hippos, kudu, impala, waterbucks and klipspringers. The reserve also protects a few retired cheetahs, leopards, honey badgers, jackals and hyenas, as well as over 300 species of birds.
The rural village of Thamaga is home to the Botswelelo Centre, which is also known as Thamaga Pottery. This nonprofit community project was started by missionaries in the 1970s and now sells a wide range of creations for good prices. Tours must be booked in advance. Buses run frequently from the main bus terminal in Gaborone (P12, one hour).
Sowa (also spelt Sua) Pan is mostly a single sheet of salt-encrusted mud stretching across the lowest basin in northeastern Botswana. Sowa means ‘salt’ in the language of the San, who once mined the pan to sell salt to the Bakalanga. Today it is mined by the Sua Pan Soda Ash Company, which sells sodium carbonate for industrial manufacturing.