Flights to Gaborone Gaborone is Botswana’s capital and largest city and so it’s somewhat unusual that it’s located so close to South Africa, just 14 kilometres from the border. Gaborone is the political and economic heart of Botswana, and it’s also a very modern city, yet there’s not too much for tourists to see or do here.
The Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (airport code: GBE) serves international flights to Gaborone and is located about 25 kilometres north of the city. Service is fairly limited as the airport only handles flights to Gaborone with local African airlines, but if you are travelling from Johannesburg, you will have a few options. Both Air Botswana and South African Express offer non-stop flights that will take less than an hour. A flight to Gaborone with Kenya Airways will take longer as they have a connecting stop in Nairobi.
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The Tourist Attractions of Gaborone:
The National Assembly and Mall
Most of the city of Gaborone was built in three years around the mid 1960s when it was decided a new city would be built here to serve as the capital. It was designed like a ‘garden city’; nicely laid out with areas of open space, and one of the main features was the Mall, where many of the city’s services were to be located, with all the government buildings at one end of the Main Mall. This includes the National Assembly and several other important buildings, as well as the War Memorial in the centre of all these buildings which remembers the 300 Batswana who were killed during World War 2.
University of Botswana
Universities are major attractions in some cities around the world, and here in Gaborone is no exception because the main university campus is home to the National Museum and Art Gallery, as well as the city’s golf course and a stadium.
One of the best known landmarks in Gaborone is Kgale Hill, because it is the highest point in the city and one of the highest hills in Botswana. You can hike to the top of it via one of the three different trails, all taking about an hour. The hike isn’t too tough and the views are certainly worth it once you reach the top; looking out over the city and the Gaborone Dam. At the top you might also be lucky enough to see a pair of nesting black eagles, and look out for the baboons up here too as they’re somewhat cheeky!
Gaborone Game Reserve
The Gaborone Game Reserve is the third most visited reserve in the country despite the fact that it’s quite small. You can easily drive around this in a car to see the many species that include rhino, zebra and wildebeest, as well as many different birds.
Mokolodi Nature Reserve
And an alternative to the Gaborone Game Reserve is the Mokolodi Nature Reserve, about 10 kilometres from Gaborone. You ca choose to stay here rather than in the city as there are nice self catering chalets, and wildlife in the park includes the endangered white rhino.
When Should You Visit?:
The average high temperature in Gaborone varies by only nine degrees across the year, dropping to 23C in the winter. The lower temperatures are accompanied by virtually no rain, so this can be a good time to visit. Hotter temperatures start from September through to March when average highs range from 30 to 33C and rainfall peaks in January.