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Gaborone is the capital of Botswana and located in the south of the country, near the border to South Africa.
There is a definite city centre based around the train station and the government enclave of Khama Crescent. However, numerous shopping malls are dotted all over the city diluting the prominence of the centre.
Customs is a mere formality and is quite efficiently organised. Make sure you have an address that you can state you will be staying at.
Air Botswana, in the Main Mall. The national carrier recently scaled back services due to low demand, and now no longer operates to Lusaka and Harare. The standard routes are to Johannesburg OR Tambo and Cape Town, as well as domestic flights to Francistown, Kasane and Maun.
Travellers not used to left side of the road driving should exercise caution while driving and crossing the street, as most of Southern Africa (Gaborone, Botswana included) drives on the left.
By (shared) taxi
Public taxis are generally small white cars and can be identified by their blue license plates. These cars travel designated routes, generally going to areas/neighbourhoods that combi routes do not.
What to see
Hare Krishna Temple. Very random and very impressive temple in the suburbs of Gaborone. Depending on when you visit you may get a personal guided tour. Bring a camera!
Thapong Visual Arts Centre, Maratadiba Road, the Village (on the road between News Cafe and Tlokweng). Pleasant art gallery and studios exhibiting local artists.
National Museum and Art Gallery, 331 Independence Avenue (just off Main Mall). Slightly run down but still interesting exhibit hall displaying cases depicting Botswana’s history and is cultural diversity.
Gaborone Cycling Club. Actually a mountain biking rather than cycling club. Afrikaaner flavoured.
Otse Village. 30 minutes drive from Gaborone. It's surrounded by hills with Manyelanong on the East and Baratani hill on the West. Manyelanong is one of the only two sites where you have the opportunity to see Cape vultures.
The village has many stories about its people, one outstanding story is of the brave woman "Bosetlha" who killed a 3m Python which had wrapped itself around her body. Though she is now old but still active, Nkuku Bosetlha confirms she got attacked by the snake on her way coming from the lands, the snake wrapped itself around her body.
Gaborone Stables, Plot 646 Crocodile Pools.
Alliance Française de Gaborone, Mabuto Drive. Offers language courses (French, Setswana) movie nights and the occasional cultural event.
Hills & Viewpoints
Kgale Hill - Do not forget to make the pleasant climb up Kgale Hill, one of Botswana's largest hills (at about 100m). It provides a magnificent view over the city and surrounding areas.
Mmopane Hill. Small hill with great views, can watch planes landing at Gaborone International. Takes about 30 minutes to scramble up.
BTC hill. Another hill with good views over Gaborone and South Africa. Has a driveway to the summit, only those with legs of iron can cycle to the top!