With its modern buildings and gleaming shopping malls, Gaborone feels worlds away from the wildlife-rich deltas and deserts of Botswana. It’s one of Africa’s most cosmopolitan capitals, with a wealth of government ministries, national monuments and upmarket restaurants.
Things to do in Gaborone
The streets surrounding Gaborone’s main government enclave, Khama Crescent, are dotted with some of the city’s best restaurants. Courtyard Restaurant is a top pick, serving up colourful African fare like guinea-fowl hot pot. Gaborone is also a great place to stock up on souvenirs, from traditional pottery and handwoven baskets to beaded jewellery and colourful textiles.
There are plenty of monuments to admire, including the bronze Statue of Seretse Khama that honours Botswana’s first president. It was unveiled on Botswana’s 20th anniversary of independence in 1986 and has stood tall ever since.
If you’re looking to spend a day out in nature, head to the National Botanical Garden. Operated by the National Museum, it’s packed full of indigenous plants sourced from all six of Botswana’s ecological regions.
Looking for local wildlife? Don’t miss the chance to visit Gaborone Game Reserve. Home to wildebeest, ostriches, warthogs and more, it’s one of Botswana’s most popular reserves. Birdlife is also plentiful, with the chance to spot kingfishers and hornbills.
Getting around Gaborone
In Gaborone, taxis are the fastest and easiest way to get around. You can also use Gaborone’s public “combi” van taxis, which zip around the city.