Sexaxa Village (pronounced Sekaka with a clicky k) was founded over a hundred years ago by the Bayeyi Tribe but is now inhabited by a mixture of tribes. Sexaxa has the unofficial address of 16-20 Maun-Shorobe Road which means that it is situated between 16 and 20km from Maun! Although there are now well over 500 inhabitants Sexaxa is not recognised as an official village which means there is no school, no clinic, no electricity and there is only one stand-pipe shared by the whole village! However, there is a university research centre called the Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Center (HOORC).
Originally the people who lived here were hunters, fishermen, and farmers (ploughing fields and keeping cattle & goats). Nowadays the people use the river for fishing, water, transport and farming the fertile soil adjacent its banks. Most people who live here don’t have a regular job but are usually involved in some kind of seasonal activity such as acting as a guide for safaris.
The first official chief of the village was Mr Nxokamo Moalosi who spent his life campaigning to have the village officially recognised. Since his death, Mr Thaloganyo Lekang has been the acting chief.
Maun is south west of Sexaxa and is known as the Gateway to the Okavango Delta and is very popular with tourists who love to go there for their world renown safaris.
The whole area is well served by the Thamalakane River which has no well defined beginning and no clear end. It is the result of the Thamalakane fault – which began to form about two million years ago by the geological process of rifting that is currently splitting Africa apart along the East African Rift. When the land between two parallel faults (the Gumare fault and the Kunyere fault) started dropping, the Okavango River’s flow was blocked by the Thamalakane fault and it started to fan out and built myriads of water channels – what is now known as the Okavango Delta.
The Okavango River rises in the Angolan highlands where it is sourced by Summer rainfall and flows over 1,000 miles. It passes through Namibia before entering Botswana and forming the Okavango Delta. See internationalrivers.org for more information about the 10th longest river in Africa.
The Okavango Delta is a 6,000 square mile rich and varied habitat for thousands of mammals, birds, fish and other animals. It sustains tens of thousands of delta residents and a growing eco-tourism industry. It was inscribed as the 1,000th UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2014! See Latest News for details.