Gaborne is the capital of Botswana, a city known to the locals as simply “Gabs,” the capital is safe, clean and a great jumping-off point for further exploration of southern Africa. The National Museum, Monuments and Arts Gallery provides an interesting overview of Botswana’s history and culture. Stuffed wildlife is the biggest draw.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit is from May to September, during the Dry season and winter, resulting in more moderate temperatures.
Top Places to Visit in Gaborone
1. Orapa House
Here diamonds from the largest mine in the world are graded and sorted. Solo visitors are not welcome, but groups who are not put off by red tape can usually score a tour with persistence and a little bit of luck.
2. Gaborone Game Reserve
Established in the late 1980s, the reserve gives the public a chance to experience Botswana’s abundant wildlife in an accessible and natural location. The reserve’s 5 square kilometers are teeming with wildlife, including kudus, zebras, impalas, warthogs, elands, gemsboks, ostriches and wildebeests. Many species of birds are easily seen from the observation areas, including hornbills and kingfishers.
3. Otse Village
Just outside the city known as “Letsekela” by the Balete people, the village is nestled among lush hills usually topped with groups of Cape vultures. The height of the village makes it an ideal breeding ground for the birds, and the Manyelanong Game Reserve was established to protect the endangered species. You will catch a glimpse of traditional life in Botswana here in this village.
4. Kgale Hill
One of the largest hills in the country at about 1280 meters. From the top, visitors can enjoy magnificent views of the capital and the outlying areas. Stick to the paths, and watch out for the baboons. If you are adventurous then trek up the Kgale Hill.
Gaborone is one of southern Africa’s greatest shopping destinations. There are shopping malls throughout the city, and nearly every major African chain store makes an appearance somewhere in the capital. Even with the recent influx of chain stores, independent shops still thrive in Gaborone. Visitors can shop for recycled and natural products at the many green shops, browse local crafts at covered markets and visit workshops featuring local artists that weave pleasing tapestries of village scenes.