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Not to be confused with the similarly sounding Palapye, another town in Botswana
Mahalapye is located in Botswana
Location of Mahalpye in Botswana
Coordinates: 23°06′S 26°48′E / 23.100°S 26.800°E / -23.100; 26.800
DistrictCentral District
 • MayorTBA
1,009 m (3,310 ft)
 • Total41,316
Time zoneGMT +2

Mahalapye is a town located in the Central District of Botswana. The town has about 41,000 inhabitants and is situated along the main road between the capital Gaborone and the second largest city Francistown. Mahalapye has a bus station, a railway station, a couple of hotels and a market area with many shops and fast food restaurants, Water Shed mall is the latest attraction to those travelling from Gaborone to Francistown, great place for refreshments. It also has several petrol stations, some open 24 hours per day. Being situated on the edge of the Kalahari desert it is quite dry, and the local waterways are dry except during the rainy season. In recent times, it has become a convenient stop-over town for travelers travelling to and from Gaborone.

This town is located on the Tropic of Capricorn. Thus at approximately 13:11 hours on 21 December, or at solar noon on Summer Solstice, the sun will be directly overhead at this site. To mark this geographic feature there is a small monument just outside town on the 23rd parallel, or 23 degrees South of the equator. At this time the sun will be directly above this monument where the sun reaches its furthest point South. At this point there will be no shadow on the monument.

The Botswana Prison Service (BPS) operates the Mahalapye Prison.[2]

Notable Natives[edit]

Actor, writer and playwright Donald Molosi was born in Mahalapye in 1985.[3]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2011 Census". Archived from the original on 11 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Prisons and Rehabilitation." (Archive) Government of Botswana. Retrieved on 26 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Interview with Donald Molosi | indieactivity". indieactivity. 2016-02-28. Retrieved 2018-02-06.