The Capital of Botswana

Gaborone Facts, Attractions and More

The capital of Botswana is a city called Gaborone. It is the largest city in Botswana and also the business "powerhouse" of the country.

Almost all of the large corporations (banks,insurance companies, telecommunication companies,the Botswana Stock Exchange ...etc) have their main branches in Gaborone.

This is because the city is conveniently placed as the gateway into Botswana from South Africa (the largest economy in Africa)

The city also serves as the countries main administrative and government service center.

The Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone connects the Botswana Capital with one hour flights to the following destinations:

  • Francistown (the second largest city in Botswana)
  • Johannesburg
  • Kasane
  • Maun

Interesting Facts About Gaborone

  • It is 15 km Away from the South African border
  • It is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa
  • Before 1969 Gaborone was called Gaberones, named after Chief Gaborone
  • In 1965 Gaborone replaced Mafikeng (in South Africa) as the capital of the Bechuanaland Protectorate (this is what Botswana was called before its independence on 30 September 1966 )
  • In casual conversations, Gaborone is usually referred as Gabs or GC (Short for Gabs City)
  • The capital was declared a city in 1986
  • The Gaborone golf course is the oldest in Botswana

Attractions in Gaborone

The following places are worth a visit when you are in the Botswana capital...

  • The National Museum and Art Gallery
  • Gaborone Game Reserve
  • Mokolodi Nature Reserve
  • Dikgosi Statues at the Government Enclave
  • The Lion Park Resort (The city's own Amusement park!)
  • The Gaborone Dam
  • ST Claire Lion Park

Map of Gaborone

The Gaborone Map below will help get around and also help you get a feel of how big the capital of Botswana is.

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