As the capital of the Bamangwato tribe Serowe has historic significance in Botswana's
independence - in the early 1900's the Khama dynasty was established here under Khama
III. Sir Seretse Khama, Botswana's first president, was born and raised in Serowe
and it was here that the political furore surrounding his marriage to Ruth Williams
reached its head - an amazing story of how strong cultural and racial barriers were
overcome, told in the book and film "A Marriage of Inconvenience".
Serowe is the regional centre of the Central District, the largest District in Botswana,
and has regional offices for some government departments as well as a large hospital
situated on the right hand side as you enter the village.
There are a few food shops in the centre of the village as well as banks, fuel stations,
retail outlets, a Toyota dealership and a Motovac vehicle spares shop. Boiteko Junction
has a good Spar supermarket as well as a fuel station.
Serowe’s rich history can be explored at the small Khama III Memorial Museum, located
near the centre of the village behind Serowe Hill. The official Khama graves can
also be visited however permission is needed from the Kgotla (Tribal Customary Court)
before visiting this site.