Named after an African chief whose tribe once inhabited the area, modern-day Gaborone is a city of increasing modernity and continuous expansion. A tiny village up until a few decades ago, Gaborone is now Botswana’s capital city, a booming metropolis and the setting for Alexander McCall Smith’s bestselling series The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Gabs (as it is affectionately known) offers a plethora of activities to keep visitors entertained as they pass through Botswana’s capital city.
The Gaborone National Museum and Art Gallery offers insight into the cultural heritage of Botswana while the nearby 600-hectare Gaborone Game Reserve and Mokolodi Nature Reserve give visitors a taster of Botswana’s wildlife. The Gaborone Dam is a popular spot for birdwatching enthusiasts and anglers, and tall Kgale Hill offers magnificent views of the sprawling city below. Markets are rife throughout Gabs, with vendors selling locally-made pottery and artefacts.
Gaborone is considered the gateway to Botswana and other important centres in southern Africa. Maun and Kasane (both a short flight away) are entry points to Botswana’s most popular attractions such as the Okavango Delta and Moremi Region, the Makgadikgadi Pans and the Chobe National Park. South Africa’s capital city, Johannesburg, can be reached by car in 4.5 hours or by plane in one hour.
- Gaborone has a number of nightclubs, malls, restaurants, and accommodation types to suit every traveller
- The setting for Alexander McCall Smith’s best-selling The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series
- The city is becoming increasingly modern and has all the western conveniences needed to make your stay as enjoyable as possible
- Johannesburg, Kasane, and Maun are short flights away from Gaborone