Bordering South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Namibia is where you’ll find the country of Botswana, and its capital, Gaborone. Located in the southern hemisphere, Botswana tends to be rather hot from October to February, and cooler and dryer from May to September. Gaborone itself is situated in the southeastern corner of Botswana, between the Kgale and Oodi Hills, near the confluence of the Notwane and Segoditshane rivers.
Not only is Gaborone the geographic capital of Botswana, but it is also the administrative capital of the country, therefore there are many government buildings that can be visited along what is known as The Main Mall. At the west end of the Mall is where you’ll find the parliament building, surrounded by government ministries. Facing the National Assembly (Parliament) is a magnificent statue of Botswana’s first president, knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, Sir Seretse Khama. The middle of the Mall is dedicated to shops, and is pedestrian only. At the opposite side of the National Assembly and other government offices are the Town Council offices. Not too far from the Main Mall is where you’ll find the Three Chiefs Monument, constructed to render homage to three senior chiefs who presented themselves to Queen Victoria in order to petition against Botswana’s incorporation into the British South Africa Company.
One amazing thing about Gaborone is that it has its own game reserve within the city. Although it is relatively small (only about 5km2) it is home to zebras, impalas, wildebeests, monkeys, warthogs, and more. Botswana as a country is a very popular destination for people who are looking to visit game reserves, and since the main international airport is so close to Gaborone, it is worth it to see the city before venturing out to the Okavango Delta in Maun, for example, or to the Botswana Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, or Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Do some research if you plan on visiting game reserves, because there are many that are dedicated to specific animals, like rhinos, lions, or elephants.
If you’re looking for some exercise near Gaborone, you can hike Kgale Hill to get a view of the Gaborone Dam, the city’s largest water source, and watch a lovely, African sunset.
Because Botswana borders other countries, it is also a great place for the beginning, or end, of an African tour, where you can easily make your way to Cape Town in South Africa, or many other neighboring countries.