7 April 2016

Tropic Of Capricorn in Botswana

The Tropic Of Capricorn - Botswana
This might not be a big deal for many, but it is for me. One of the five imaginary latitude lines on earth cuts through my country, Botswana, and that’s The Tropic of Capricorn.
Why is it such a big deal?
The tropic of Capricorn is the circle of latitude that contains the sub-solar point on the Southern Solstice. In this area, the sun can be directly overhead because it’s deemed to be the highest point in the Southern Hemisphere where the sun hits.
Even though the line position is not fixed, I’m pretty sure it still does cut through my country. The line passes through only 5 African counties which are Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa and Madagascar and 23 other countries around the world – including small islands in the South Pacific Ocean Area (now you know why it’s a big deal ey)
Monuments built at The Tropic of Capricorn Sites around the World

In Botswana, on the 22st December each year, at around 12:11pm which is the solar noon, the sun is directly overhead in that area and there is not a single shadow and it is on this date that we can OFFICALLY say it’s SUMMER.
The line passes through Botswana from Kalahari Desert to Khutse Game Reserve to Kule and the South of Mahalapye. A small monument is built South of Mahalapye to observe this phenomenon. This monument is along the A1 highway which is a road that runs from the Zimbabwean board in Ramokgwebana (North East of the Country) to the South African Boarder in Ramatlabana (South East of the country).

Small Monument in Mahalapye - Botswana
So a quick stop at this site to capture and have a memory in picture of this site won’t even take 2 mins, so make an effort to have this documented in your Memory Bank. I did so multiple times, you can’t miss the sign even if you wanted to, it’s as visible as the moon
This is my Botswana this is my PRIDE

Tropic of Capricorn- Mahalapye- Botswana
Tropic of Capricorn- Mahalapye- Botswana

Signing OUT
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  1. Wow its really look so hot there. I dont know how can I get there.

    1. Hahaha its so hot yes and dry but now we are approaching winter. Malaysia is better because its hot and humid

  2. I heard about Botswana but never know about this phenomenon. This is amazing!

    1. You should pay a visit one day and make way to the safari

  3. wow totally a nice piece of knowledge for me. didn't know so much bout botswana before

  4. WOuld love to see more of the safari and all.. pray, do please share more on Botswana too ok...

  5. I was there to see it in December 1983 when I was an American Peace Corps volunteer teaching at Letlhekane Junior Secondary School. I miss Botswana and hope to come back for a visit some day.

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