The capital city of Botswana has grown rapidly from its humble beginnings at independence
to its current status as a thriving, modern city. Despite its small size (population
of around 230,000) Gaborone has all the facilities that you would expect in a modern
city from hotels to banks and shopping malls. Once described as the fastest growing
city in the world, it saw rapid development in a three year period around independence
and Gaborone's central business district now has some impressive buildings.
Gaborone has good links with South Africa via air, rail and road - the closest road
border is only 15km away at Tlokweng.
As is to be expected there are numerous shopping malls, hotels and restaurants in
Gaborone all with a good variety of shops ranging including most of the well known
large retail outlets.
The National Museum and Gallery near the city centre is worth a visit - there are
a number of good displays on the history of Botswana and its wildlife.
Mokolodi Game Reserve, just outside Gaborone on the Lobatse road, can be good for
wildlife although unfortunately they only offer guided game drives. There is a Cheetah
research station here where you can get up close and personal with the resident orphaned