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This city is not only the capital, but it is the largest city in Botswana.

Gaborone is a low-key city yet it offers African adventures that most only dream about experiencing in a lifetime.

From the great Kgale Hill landmark to the Gaborone Dam, and not forgetting the unreal experience of Gaborone Game Reserve which all make this city that much more memorable.

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Why visit Gabarone?

  • Enjoy a day at the Gaborone Game Reserve and experience Botswana's abundant wildlife up-close and personal for an unforgettable adventure.
  • Splurge in this city which is one of southern Africa's greatest shopping destinations, find everything from traditional art to fashion, and great souvenirs of your trip.
  • Indulge in Botswana's diverse cuisine with a taste journey that includes Indian, European and African influenced dishes that will leave your mouth-watering for seconds.
Dialing Code:
00 + 267 + Local Number
Exchange Rate:
~1 BWP; ~1, 04 ZAR
Time Zone:
Drives on the left
Sir Seretse Khama International Airport
Travel Adaptor:
Type D/ G/M (voltage: 230V: frequency: 50Hz)

The best time to visit Botswana is between July and October.

October is said to be the hottest month of the year, as well as the most expensive time of year since it is Gaborone’s peak-season.

Botswana is an ideal safari destination all year round. To experience the peak of the floodwaters in Delta, the best time to visit would be between June and September.

English is the official language of Botswana but Setswana is another language that is spoken most widely.

  • This is a city that was named after Kgosi Gaborone, which was the leader of the Batlokwa people.
  • Botswana geographically is flat and up to 70% of it is covered by the Kalahari Desert.
  • Gaborone is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa.

This beautiful city is home to some of Africa's most beautiful attractions. The National Museum Botanical Gardens with walking trails, exhibits on the flora of Botswana, a library of botanical books and historical buildings this is a perfect day excursion for the whole family.

The Kgale Hill is one of those attractions that are a must when visiting this city. Kgale Hill is one of the city's major landmarks, overlooking the Gaborone Dam as well as the largest mall Game city.

The Gaborone Dam is a spectacular sight worth the visit, and many tourists love to visit the Mokolodi Game Reserve which is a private non-profit game reserve. It is inhabited by a wide variety of indigenous African game, bird and reptile species, some of which are rare and vulnerable to the threat of extinction.

The many attractions that are scattered across this city include:

  • Orapa House
  • St. Claire Lion Park.
  • Livingstone Memorial
  • Gantsi Craft

The crime in Botswana is relatively low. Due to the fact that Gaborone is becoming a city that is being recognised globally there is a contrast between rich and poor and the crime in this city is increasing, but these include petty crime like pick-pocketing and theft.

It is advised to remain vigilant at all times and to not walk around the city alone at night as it is dangerous.

Botswana's cuisine has been described as being unique, but the food that is prepared here has been influenced by Southern Africa cuisines. There are many popular dishes to try out in Gaborone like Seswaa which is a traditional meat dish which is usually made for special occasions.

These meals are generally cooked by men in a three-legged iron pot, and simmered until soft with only salt and water. Another local favourite is serobe which is the intestines and some inside parts of a goat, sheep or cow that are cooked until soft. These meals are paired with either pap, samp, vetkoek or mopane worms.The best restaurants in Gaborone include:

  • Courtyard Restaurant
  • Beef Baron
  • Bull & Bush Pub
  • Cafe Dijo
  • Linga Longa
  • Sanitas Restaurant

The most followed religion in Gaborone is Christianity and Badimo which is the traditional Religion of Botswana. The independent culture of this city is what Botswana is known for, with peaceful, democratic, racially harmonious, stable, humble and welcoming people.

The culture and traditions can be experienced through the way in which locals speak, the traditional music, local food, tribal dances, attire, rituals and celebrations. This is a fairly conservative city due to the fact that most individuals are very religious and as a sign of respect it is advised to dress modestly especially when visiting religious areas.

Gaborone is a Visa-free destination for South Africans.

Address: Plot 29, Queens Road
Private Bag 00402
Telephone: (+267) 3904 800 / (+267) 3904 801
Fax: (+267) 390 5501 / (+267) 390 8547

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Gaborone
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 70.54
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 25.15
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 27.39
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 17.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 49.59

Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (code GBE) is conveniently located just 15km from the Gaborone city centre and is Botswana’s main international airport.

Gaborone’s Airport is small comprising 1 terminal building; however, car rental options from Avis, Budget and Europcar are available and it is easy to get hotel and taxi transfers from the airport to the city.

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The information on this page is correct as of August 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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