Chobe District (1)

The 2021 opening of the Kazungula Bridge between Botswana and Zambia marked a new chapter in the history of the Chobe District as a commercial and transport hub.

Over the centuries, the area has served as a crossroads linking the wealth of central and southern Africa across the Chobe and Zambezi rivers. It has thus evolved as a meeting place of unique cultural diversity as well as natural wonders. This diversity was reflected in a 1970 ethnographic survey of the district, which recorded the presence of households belonging to 23 different ethno-linguistic groups out of a population than just above 5,000.

The history of settlement in the Chobe District is believed to date back to the very beginnings of humankind. Along with other parts of Southern Africa, the district is believed to be where the first modern humans (homo sapiens) emerged, dating from about 300,000 years ago. By 150,000 years, archaeological sites containing the remnants of homo sapiens populations are associated with the onset of the Middle Stone age, which lasted to about 35,000 years ago.

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