MAHALAPYE SUB DISTRICT

Old Shoshong

Old Shoshong site is an attractive historic site that was occupied from 1790 to 1859. It is an old capital of Bangwato. The village ruins are located on the summit of Shoshong hills around Pitsane and Sung. Before the Bangwato tenure, Old Shoshong used to be a home to the Late Stone Age hunter gatherers and the Bantu farmers. The Bantu people lived in permanent structures made of clay poles and thatched houses.

Shoshong Crafts

Shoshong area is also rich in cultural heritage including woodcraft, leather works and traditional house architecture and decoration. The village structure morphology is of traditional domestic architectural parameters and horse shoe shape facing the dikgotla and the central kraal. This presents the village as a suitable research area for a contemporary study of Tswana domestic architecture.

Pilikwe Potters

This is an association of Bangwato potters who make various sizes of pots for local use and sale for tourism purposes in the village of Pilikwe. Such initiatives enhance the cultural tourism profile of the sub district.

Mahalapye Railways

About forty kilometers east of Shoshong is Mahalapye village which boasts of a railway station with old cottages of fascinating Victorian Style. The old locomotive on display was donated by Rhodesia Railways.

Dovedale Pan Rock Art

This is a non-perennial pan on shallow stone outcrops. The site houses about 170 primarily pecked engravings of human and animal spoors interpreted as important evidence of ritual ceremonies of the early hunter-gatherer and pastoral inhabitants.

Tswapong Hills

The Tswapong hills are a shared resource between Palapye and Mahalapye Sub-Districts and reach a height of about 1200m above mean sea level (amsl) against a ground level of about 870m amsl. On the Mahalapye Sub-District side, the hills are characterized by very steep slopes virtually forming cliff faces dissected by numerous small to medium gorges; waterfalls, fountains and with a perennial springs. In addition, Tswapong hills are littered by a number of sacred rainmaking rituals sites and initiation schools sites e.g. Chadibe, Sefhare etc. However, the initiation sites have few stone cairns that mark initiation regiments. Revival of these initiation rituals can also serve as tourist attractions.