Get to know Gaborone

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Gaborone may not be as appealing as other destinations in the world. Despite lacking nature and sophistication from the modern world, the city can still work especially for those who are looking for a trip that is on the lighter side of the road. Gaborone has a promise though, being a budding city in Africa.

Those who want to experience the kind of trip that’s past the rural vibe and avoids the metro noise can opt to go to this place instead. The city is in the middle of a transition between two phases of development. This alone may be appealing especially for those who want to get a different taste of travelling more than what is conventionally available.

Location

Gaborone is the biggest city and the capital of Botswana. This is the primary hub when it comes to the economy and industry of the country.

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The land area spans 169 square kilometers and is home to more than 200,000 people. The city is commercialized given that malls and business strips can be found here.

Climate

Garabone has a hot, semi-arid climate. Summer happens every January until April and September until December.

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The warmest month is November, whereas cool weather mostly happens in July. Tourists might want to avoid December as it is charted to be the wettest month.

Transportation

Air Botswana hosts flights to and from different destinations such as Harare, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Lusaka and other domestic flights.

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The city can also be reached via bus. The road between South Africa and Gaborone is straight and direct, which is why this route can also be an option especially for those who will come from South Africa.

Attractions

Mokolodi Nature Reserve

This serves as a haven for animals, specifically mammals. Its goal is not limited to giving these animals a home, but more so, to provide education and target tourism as well.

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Reptile Park and other animal sanctuaries can be found in Mokolodi.

Malls and restaurants

Gaborone is Botswana’s capital and it is not surprising that it will become the center of commerce and trade in the country.

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The city has its fair share of malls and shops. Needless to say, restaurants should also be experienced. Walk into the alleys of the city’s buildings and be more acquainted with the life of the city found in Gaborone.

Three Chiefs Statues

This historical set of statues is made of bronze depicting three tribal chiefs who left an important mark for Botswana to get their independence from the British South Africa Company and Southern Rhodesia, now called Zimbabwe.

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This monument was erected in 2005 and labeled as one of the most visited destinations in Gaborone.

Images:

(1) http://www.botswanatourism.co.bw
(2) http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/world_cities/gaborone.jpg
(3) https://botswana2011.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/img_4339.jpg
(4) https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c7/Gaborone_Airport.jpg
(5) https://mokolodi.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/dsc00760.jpg
(6) http://www.6under60.com
(7) http://www.brproperties.co.bw
(8) http://www.botswanatourism.co.bw

Sources:

Sights in Gaborone:
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/botswana/gaborone/sights

Gaborone Attractions:
http://www.knowbotswana.com/gaborone-attractions.html

Aira Algado

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