Basic Facts About GaboroneGaborone is Botswana's capital city and its commercial hub. Gaborone has a population of around 250,000 people. It's located in a valley on the Notwane River, in the south-east corner of Botswana (see map), close to the border of South Africa. Gaborone was named after Kgosi (Chief) Gaborone who led the Batlokwa tribe into the area in the 1880's. The small town grew into the administrative center of Bechuanaland, a British protectorate (1885 -1966). When Botswana gained independence in 1966, Gaborone became its capital.
Gaborone is a fairly affluent city, with shopping malls, restaurants, some nightclubs, decent hotels and a University. It's a small city, not very lively or vibrant but quite safe, tidy and relaxing. Gaborone is the setting for Alexander McCall Smith's delightful detective series, The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, and home town of his leading lady, Precious Ramotswe.
Gaborone SightsThe Mall -- the hub of Gaborone is The Mall, a main street lined with shops, banks and craft sellers.
The National Art Gallery -- an excellent place to learn more about Botswana, it's history, ecology and culture.
No 1 Ladies Detective Agency Tours -- Alexander McCall-Smith's detective series put Gaborone on the map. Take a tour and see Precious Ramotswe's, home town come to life.
Gaborone Game Reserve -- small reserve with good roads, you can see ostrich, rhino, kudu, eland, zebra and a huge array of birds.
Getting to GaboroneBotswana's main international airport, Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (airport code: GBE) is located 9 miles outside of Gaborone. Airlines that operate include: Air Botswana (to/from Harare, Johannesburg, Lusaka, Nairobi, Victoria Falls, Windhoek), Air France, Air Zimbabwe, South African Airways and British Airways.
Long-distance buses to Gaborone are available from Johannesburg and Pretoria on the Intercape Mainliner. You can also reach Gaborone from other cities and towns in Botswana, either by mini-bus or intercity coaches, some operated by Seabalo. Botswana Railways suspended passenger services in April 2009.
Gaborone HotelsHotels in Gaborone are modern and most have little personality. Recommended hotels include: Cresta Lodge; Gaborone Sun Hotel and Casino; Oppi-Koppi Bed and Breakfast; Mokolodi Backpackers. For a full list of hotels, Click here.
Gaborone Sources and More InfoGaborone Guide - Botswana Tourism Board
Gaborone - TripAdvisor
Gaborone - WikiTravel
Botswana Travel Guide