The official Tourist Information Office in Gaborone is run by the Department of Tourism. They have an excellent website and are helpful if you need information. Their office is only open on weekdays:
7:30am-12:30pm & 1:45pm-4:30pm M-F
They have an excellent website as well.
(Which does not work sometimes)
Are you a Brit abroad? Or do you want to read some British newspapers. Maybe get some cultural information about the UK? Need a new British passport? The British High Commission (Embassy) and the British Council are housed in a nice looking ultra-modern building right on the Mall. Their hours seem to change a lot, so check their website or telephone them.
The National Museum and Art Gallery of Botswana was opened in 1968, two years after the country gained its independence. The museum is also a research institution. Its collections include: Archaeological artefacts, traditional crafts, art works, natural history exhibits and a library. The outside compound (pictured) shows different examples of transportation from Ox carts to steam locomotives. Entrance to the museum and art gallery is free to all visitors.
The National Museum and Art Gallery of Botswana was opened in 1968, few years after the country gained its independence. The museum has seven divisions promoting Botswana's cultural and natural heritage, ranging from crafts and paintings by local and regional artists, exhibiton of traditional transport methods to a collection of items telling about the history of the country.
Entrance to the museum and art gallery is free.
A self sufficient village, funded by the crafts which are made by the people living on the grounds whom have disabilities and donations from various organisations(rudolf steiner group).Its about 50km out of Gaborone but well worth the short journey.You will be warmed and touched by the inquizative and hard-working residents.here you can buy pottery, plants and herbs and take a walk around to meet the people.There is also a little restaurant where you can sample some traditional food. It is also known as Motse wa badiri-village where people work.
If Gaborone is your launching point into the Kalahari Desert or one of the many wildlife national parks in the bush – you will need some money. Gaborone is small yet it’s full of modern banking facilities, bureau de change access and most importantly: ATM’s. Brits abroad will probably want to use the easy to find Barclays ATM’s right in the Mall (the town centre). Other handy banks are FNB with their ‘BOB’ ATM’s and Bank Gaborone.
The sign just says ‘Internet Café’. Its on Queens Road almost directly opposite the Shell petrol garage and a short walk to the Mall. They have the fastest internet connection in Africa. I have broadband at home in England, but this was so fast everything came up instantly. I got everything done in about 15 minutes that would have taken at least an hour anywhere else.
They are open:
Are you low or out of Pula? Or do you need to send some money? This location of Western Union is located right in the Mall in the centre. They offer money transfers, either way, in hours. No problem. A handy place to have if you need money from home. This service is also available at the Post Office nearby.
Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
I know I'm getting this wrong, but I think this info is at least partially correct.
These 3 guys are famous in Botswana because they travelled to England in the late 1800s during a time of tribal hostilities and obtained protection for the territory now called Botswana.
It's a nice monument, and if you go, the workers there can explain the story a lot better than I can! :)
For about $3 U.S., I had a large steak, corn meal and spinach. The beer cost about a quarter each (the local brew is called St. Louis, and is made right there in Gaborone -- it's a light pilsener, not bad).
The Bee 6 Bar, for block 6 (the section of the city we were in) is a lively place on a Friday night. If you sit inside, you get football on the TV. Outside, you get picnic tables and a D.J. While I was there, I heard hip hop and African house music.
A local told me that Batswana are the second biggest beer drinkers behind the Germans! :) I don't know. I think the Brits might have them beat, but they did put down a lot of beer in my presence! I had to pace myself, so I could remember where I was staying and so as not to be too hungover to pack the next morning!
The Mall is the heart of the city. The area was built to celebrate the independence of the nation at the 1960's and is the home of the National Assembly and has a number of shops, banks and offices.
The things to see at the Mall include:
- Pula Arch commemorating the independence of the country
- War Memorial of the 300 Batswana who died in the Second World War
- Statue of the first president of Botswana, Sir Seretse Khama
Gaborone houses the National Museum and Art Gallery, which displays a collection of traditional crafts and paintings by local and regional artists.
Opened in 1968 the Botswana National Museum aims at creating in Batswana and everyone an interest in Botswana's diverse cultural heritage. Located at the heart of Gaborone City, it is a delightful compound of museum and gallery, which preserves and recounts the traces and memory of the lives of Batswana.
Kgale Hill dominates Gaborone on the western edge of the city. It offers a pleasant climb
with breathtaking views of the Dam and city. Visitors can choose one of three well-defined routes up the hill:
The steep Rusty's Route up the rocky face; the longer Transfeldt Trail up the back; and the undulating walk across the saddle to Cross Kopje. Each takes less than an hour. There is a resident troop of baboons living on Kgale and a pair of black eagles consistently nests in the craggy cliff-face just below the peak. There have also been reports of early morning sightings of leopard.
There are only 2 game reserves in and around Gaborone and this one outshines the other by far.Generally speaking Botswana is one big game reserve especially the further up North you travel.At Mokolodi Game reserve you will be greeted by friendly and informative staff.There is a restaurant under thatch rondawels which offers great food.You can go on guided walks, or on elephant back, and visit the cheetah rehabilitation centre.If you are in Gaborone dont miss Mokolodi nature reserve.
Just outside of Gaborone city, Livingstones caves are a couple of caves situated on a hillside, quite historic as the explorer David Livingstone lived in the area and discovered these caves(presumably, as they were probably discovered 100`s of years before)they are located in a wonderfully quaint authentic African village called Gabane.It makes a nice day outing, especially as there is not much to do in Gaborone city, so why not go for a picnic to livingstones caves?