Gaborone is the capital city of Botswana, a tranquil destination that many people dream of visiting. Well known for its game reserve and amazing wildlife, and in the city centre hub for art and cultural artifacts displays. But this city has much more to offer. Whether you fancy hiking the footpaths to the summit of Kgale Hill that offers city views. Or maybe prefer to visit the wildlife, Gaborone has packed itinerary awaiting tourists. Here is a list of some of the best ways to take pulse of the nation and make the most of your time there.
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National Museum & Art Gallery
Gaborone effortlessly combine traditional and contemporary Batswana culture, it also brings together the arts and sciences in a wide range of fascinating cultural complex. If you really want to learn about Bastwana culture, art and history, we know just the place to visit. The Botswana National Museum (National Museum & Art Gallery centre), consisting of the National Museum and Art Gallery, as well as the National Botanical Garden. Some of the best artifacts in Bostwana can be found here. Make this place one stop on your itinerary that will leave you with a knowledge of the country a bit better than the average tourist.
Strategically located in the business district of the bustling city high street, Caffe Fego provides their signature diverse menu to the locals and tourists. Whether you’re looking for your next caffeine high or to stuff your belly, then here is the place to visit. From classic native delicacies to global cuisine. Wholesome bakeries and pastry favourites such as cakes, biscuits, and breads. Welcoming and warm atmosphere, every moment is a magic here for the foodies. In addition, the cafe offers stunning view of the area.
South African bookstore chain Exclusive Books has established presence in Gaborone with its outlet. With vast collection of books and excellent sections focused on Africa, this bookstore is a shared cultural touchpoint that you’ll love. Easily Gaborone’s best bookshop.
Caravela Portuguese Restaurant
The Caravela Portuguese Restaurant is a little hidden gem that exceeds all expectations. Authentic Portuguese cuisine with an emphasis on fish and seafood. Varied menu including beef, lamb, chicken, ribs and vegetarian options. Delicious Portuguese food in the heart of Africa feeding you till you’re full. Variety of starters, main courses and have a good selection of dessert choices. Foodies can always be found here loading up with goodies that fill the stomach, warm the soul and get them ready to take on the city. The price might be on the high side compared to other places but every bite here is worth every dime
Gaborone Game Reserve
Gaborone Game Reserve wildlife reserve in Botswana, and is situated inside the city of Gaborone, the nation’s capital. There are various accommodation within the parameter for you to choose from. Easy for guests to access the reserve from any location within the city of Gaborone. Enjoy regular sights of the birdlife including African crake, hornbill, European bee eaters, kingfishers, snake eagle, sand pipers, and many other birds that migrating to the reserve from the nearby Limpopo river swamp. This game reserve includes observation hides and picnic areas, take your pick.
Three Dikgosi Monument
This Three Dikgosi Monument 18-foot tall sculpture is a monument to the Batswana history dating back to the1800. The 3 chiefs bronze statues, each representing an important figure of the country including Khama III of the Bangwato, Sebele I of the Bakwena, and Bathoen I of the Bangwaketse. The viewing is perfect. Always open. Pair with an excellent tour guide who depict the history of Botswana at the viewing.
Are you adventurous? Let’s get you started with the highest peak in Gaborone, Kgale Hill reaching a summit elevation of 1,287 metres. Nicknamed “The Sleeping Giant”, have all overlooks of the area with easy trails making it possible for travelers and locals to reach the stunning summit that provide absolutely breathtaking views of Gaborone and amazing landscape of the area. The city is truly yours!
Riverwalk Mall is the shopping capital of Gaborone with several fantastic options sprinkled about. Perhaps the best mall in Gaborone, and arguably Botswana, is the Riverwalk Mall. Upscale shopping hub, home to over 70 thoughtfully selected stores and establishments. Lifestyle and entertainment destination. A very relaxed, airy atmosphere flows throughout the mall. Whether you’re in for a spending spree, food trip, or just a comfortable stroll for even just window shopping, Riverwalk Mall will suit your fancy.
Opening Hours Info
9AM – 7PM Weekdays
9AM – 5PM Saturdays
10AM – 2PM Sundays
The Grand Palm Hotel Casino and Convention Resort
The Grand Palm Hotel Casino and Convention Resort is just a few minutes from the city centre of Gaborone. More than just a resort, here you will find the luxurious 187-key Peermont Walmont, 4 dining options, live entertainment, a thrilling Casino, full spa. Other notable attractions in the area are Mokolodi Nature Reserve only 10km from the resort, Bird and Nature Trails, Bahurutshe Cultural Village, the Village offers lodging and cultural experience to those willing to participate in an adventure that reveals the mystical cultures and traditions of the people of Mmankgodi Village. While staying here you will have access to a variety activities.
The Gaborone Dam a comfortable drive from the city, is worth a visit. The great views. Located south of Gaborone along the Gaborone-Lobatse road. Delta to provide water for irrigation in the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California, and serves as a center for water provision for both Gaborone and Lobatse, and supplies water to the capital city of Gaborone. There are crocodiles in the area, hence, siwmming is prohibited.