Of course most people come to Botswana on safari, but the bright, modern town of Gaborone offers its own authentic stay. It’s well worth spending some time here if you’re on way to a thrilling wildlife experience in the Okavango.
Botswana’s capital is a wealthy town known for its glass and steel architecture, wide, tree-lined avenues and leafy suburbs. This is the perfect place to take the pulse of the nation, as it’s where many Batswana live, work and play.
It’s also the setting of the famous series of books by Alexander McCall Smith, ‘The Ladies No 1 Detective Agency’. If you’re a fan, are plenty of tours you can join, taking in Zebra Drive (called Zebra Way in real life), the Tlokweng Road and other iconic scenes from the books. You can even sip a cup of Roibos tea, enjoy a slice of cake and watch the world go by on the pleasant veranda of the President Hotel.
A must-visit while you’re in Gaborone is the National Museum and Art Gallery, where you can find fascinating cultural artifacts and inspiring local artwork. And for the best views of the city from above, take the footpath to the summit of Kgale Hill.
But Gaborone also has its wild side. After all, it is in Botswana, one of the most famous safari destinations in the world. The Gaborone Game Reserve is a fantastic way to spend a day out, spotting impala, wildebeest and a dazzlingly diverse variety of native and migratory bird species. To see giraffes, rhinos and other magnificent big game species, head to the Mokolodi Nature Reserve.
Plan your trip to Gaborone today.