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Selebi-Phikwe Accommodation

Beyond Palapye the main road passes through stands of mopane woodland before reaching the eastern turn-off to the mining town of Selebi-Phikwe 88km southwest of Francistown. Many visitors to Botswana in the past have missed this town, located just over 50km off the main road, but it has grown into the third-largest urban centre in Botswana. With the completion of the tarred road from the Martin's Drift border post, Selebi-Phikwe is now a convenient half-way stop-over between Johannesburg (via Ellisras) and Botswana's northern tourist attractions.

Originally there were two tiny places called Selebi and Phikwe, which straddled a large undiscovered deposit of copper and nickel in the area. When the mineral wealth of the area was discovered in the 1960s a mine and township was built in the woodland between the places with the combined name of Selebi-Phikwe.

Selebi-Phikwe has tarmac roads leading to the town and within the town, libraries, parks, petrol stations, shopping malls, a golf course, sports and hobby clubs, service organizations and growing industrial complexes. An airport, which is being upgraded to cater for the equivalent of Boeing 737 aircraft, provides services for internal flights operated by Air Botswana and Okavango Air Services. Good roads connect Selebi-Phikwe with major centres to the north and south, and there are car facilities in the town.

21° 58' 53.6628" S
27° 50' 29.094" E
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