Bobirwa Sub District is located on the eastern part of Botswana in the Central District, adjoining Zimbabwe to the northeast and South Africa to the South East at the confluence of Shashe and Limpopo rivers. This beautiful Sub District consists of two constituencies being Mmadinare and Bobonong. These constituencies consist of 17 villages. The 7 villages within the Mmadinare constituency are Mmadinare Service Centre, Lepokole, Tshokwe, Robelela, Tobane, Damuchojenaa and Sefhophe. The 10 villages within the Bobonong constituency consist of Bobonong Rural Administration Centre, Semolale, Mabolwe, Gobojango, Tsetsebjwe, Mathathane, Molalatau, Moletemane, Mothabaneng, Lentswe-Le-Moriti. All these are to existent to serve the communities of Bobirwa as mandated by the government.
The District is manifested by several distinct ecosystems the remarkable scenes, gorgeous and diverse wildlife, a host of prehistoric arenas, culture and natural history attractions best defines this distinctive and very striking corner of the northeastern Botswana. The area is immersed within the mighty rivers of Shashe, Limpopo, Motloutse and the meandering Thune creating a marvel of well architected scenery. At these rivers, sits three border posts along Limpopo crossing over to South Africa being Zanzibar, Platjan and Point drift with Shashe giving way to Zimbabwe through the new Mabolwe border post.
The area’s biggest drawcards lies from the abundant wildlife roaming the conservation area of The Northern Tuli Game Reserve. The area comprise of a diverse habitat greatly remarkable and inclusive of Mophane bushland, acacia species, woodlands, riverside marshland which are well disrupted by the towering sandstones to form outstanding cliffs, basalt hills of immense stonework blocks often piled one on top of the other, giving way to a fanciful conceptions of rocks, trees, vegetation and sky. Residing in all these tranquil wilderness of open savanna is the mighty elephants which exist in larger numbers, the lions, antelopes, zebras, giraffes, abundant of birdlife and many other games.
Bobirwa’s tourism offerings are not restricted to wildlife alone, it has a mouthwatering and extraordinary prehistoric past and a captivating cultural heritage that speaks of ancient tribes and kingdoms. In Bobirwa, when we tap in the prehistory we speak the likes of Majande ruins, Lepokole Rock paintings at Mapanda conservation trust, Tobane Ruins, Semolale Ruins, Mmatau ruins, Mziligomo rainmaking sites, the great Solomon’s wall, Mmamagwa site Fort Motloutse site and many others. As if not enough, Bobirwa is also blessed with 3 large dams being Dikgathong, Letsibogo and Thune. These dams respire live in the southern part of Botswana through feeding the area with water and throughout some parts of Mmadinare constituency.
The many streams and rivers networking the area have created terrains mostly accessible by four wheel drive cars. Though this is the case, infrastructural development like tarred roads and finely constructed bridges linking villages are visible though not adequate. With these roads, movement of traffic and facilitation of business activities is made easy, even new businesses are attracted to the area. Electricity is well placed in every village making the whole of Bobirwa electrified.
Special economic zones are vast and still explorable in Bobirwa. The fertile soils, abundant underground water and rivers make the area a hub for agro business. The statement is made true by Talana farms resting in the confluence of Motloutse and Limpopo River producing vegetables to feed the nation and acting as a safeguard to South African produce which in turn aids other vegetable farmers to sell in the local market. Electrification along Motloutse River will as well bring ease in commercial farming especially with the SPEDU processing plant in place for farmers to sell their produce. Rock mining in Lepokole and Mothabaneng together with the anticipated mining of Copper and Nickel at Maibele near Lepokole are a potential for the area of Bobirwa.Prospective irrigation farming at the irrigation ponds from Thune dam is another venture in addition to fishing which is available to Thune, Dikgathong and Letsibogo dams in efforts to sustain communities. With Mabolwe border opened, Platjan border being extended and an all-weather bridge being built at its foot there sure will be a boost in local businesses, tourism and employment opportunities. The much loved basketry weaving practiced in Mothabaneng and Lentswelemoriti will also benefit as there is a route to Mabolwe from Platjan border driving via Mothabaneng and Semolale.
Bobirwa is a beacon of absolute beauty, phenomenal mortals and topography, sceneries of all imaginable and full of live. There are a number of tourism routes and trails in its adventurous terrains that open up to its mountainous scenes with tree types and wildlife in abundance. It will be with pleasure for all to come and immerse themselves in Bobirwa for memories farfetched.