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Often referred to as ‘Gateway to the Kalahari,’ Molepolole is the last major settlement one passes on the way to Khutse Game Reserve. Home to the Bakwena people, on and off for the past four hundred years, their tradition of building stone walls around their courtyards is still practised by some families.
A modern façade covers the bustling town centre, now full of every manner of shop. The Kgosi Sechele I Museum is one of the major points of interest in the village. Housed in what once was the colonial police station (1902), its exhibitions seek to preserve the fast disappearing culture of the Bakwena people. The Museum offers an arts and crafts programme, educational programmes for schoolchildren, and guided tours of the village.
The Scottish Livingstone Church, situated on the main road is still a very prominent landmark. It was built early in the 20th century, and in the 1930s established the Scottish Livingstone Hospital, situated further down the main road.
Just outside Molepolole, on the Thamaga Road, is Livingstone’s Cave. Despite warnings from the Kwena tribal magician that he would die if he entered the cave, Livingstone did so and emerged alive. It is believed that Chief Sechele’s brief conversion to Christianity was prompted by this event.