During the early days of Angola’s civil war, the Mbukushu people fled southwards and were granted refugee status in Botswana. In 1969 they organised themselves into 13 groups based on the clan and social structure they carried over from Angola. Each group proceeded to settle in a village 1km from the next – they were subsequently named Etsha 1, Etsha 2 and so on by the Botswana government.
Etsha 6, 3km east of the main road, is the largest of the villages strung along or just off the Sehithwa–Shakawe road. In the village you’ll find a co-op that includes a grocery store, as well as some informal stores selling Ngamiland baskets, pottery and carvings.