Alternatively, on most nights you will also find Selebi-Phikwe hotels filled with adventurers en-route to the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park or Tuli Block.
Selebi-Phikwe came into being when minerals were discovered in two neighbouring villages: Selebi and Phikwe. Nickel was unearthed in Selebi during 1963, and 1966 saw the discovery of copper in Phikwe. When mining began in 1974, Selebi-Phikwe was established in order to service these two small mines. Today Selebi-Phikwe has grown into a much larger town with its own small airport, shopping mall and technical college. It is one of the fastest growing areas in Botswana and is also the scene for one of Botswana’s largest marathons, the Phikwe Marathon.
The Letsibogo dam provides the perfect opportunity to rough it, with level sites situated under indigenous trees, washing up facilities and a laundry. The ablutions are spotless, the parking is secure and visitors can enjoyably make use of braai areas and outdoor fire pits.
Selebi Phikwe accommodation does not extend much further beyond the camping option, except for the Cresta Bosele Hotel located in Tshekedi Road, close to the town centre. This three-star establishment, a stunning example of Selebi-Phikwe hotels, offers 52 air conditioned bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, Wifi connectivity, room service and satellite television. Onsite relaxation can be experienced in the swimming pool or at the cocktail bar. For those who would prefer to work up a sweat, visit the hotel’s gym. The Bosele Grill, located onsite, dishes up fulfilling breakfasts as well as an à la carte and buffet menu, while the Palm Terrace is the place to go if you are simply feeling peckish.
The Letsibogo Dam provides plenty of bird watching and bass fishing opportunities along with a sailing club, day visitor centre, boat links and barge trips. Nearby, the scenic Tswapong Hills are great for hiking and perhaps catching a lucky glimpse of a leopard, Cape vulture or the exceptionally-rare Jameson’s Red Rock Hare. Most of this land is sacred to the local people though, so always make sure that you are taking an approved route before setting out. If you prefer the bright lights, the Menateng Casino offers a variety of slot machines and entertainment.