As the administrative centre and business hub of Botswana, Gaborone is a beautiful place with wonderful attractions.
Gaborone Game Reserve
But then you have the wilderness attraction...in the city!
Gaborone Game Reserve is considered the third busiest game reserve in the country! Given the competition between game reserves within Botswana, this speaks volumes about the reserve.
The reserve lies to the east of Gaborone. It is teeming with animals that include zebra, kudu, warthog, wild boar and ostrich. It is home to antelope and rhino.
The place makes for wonderful game viewing, birding, picnics and memorable family and business retreats for people who want to escape the city noise.
Entrance into the reserve is by paying a nominal fee that hardly amounts to anything really...relative to the experience you're about to have.
Mokolodi Nature Reserve
Have you been dying to pet a cheetah? Mokolodi Nature Reserve lies hardly 10km to the south and outside the city.
The 300-hectare reserve has an amazing flora and fauna in an all bush area with splendid backpackers accommodation. There are thatched self-catering chalets from which you can have game drives and guided walks in the company of experienced rangers.
Mokolodi is famous for its wildlife projects such as the re-introduction of the white rhino and the re-location of the problematic cheetahs. The reserve has been established for conservation and educational reasons.
Animals like baboons, steenbok, eland, white rhino, hyena, warthogs, giraffe, mountain reedbuck, antelope, hippo and ....of course cheetah can be found in the area.
Gaborone Dam is a major landmark in Gaborone, which is used by the public including the local yacht club for recreational activities.
The dam was constructed at the time the city was established to provide water to city dwellers.
It is popular with birdwatchers, windsurfers and picnic lovers, but is not suitable for swimming as it is infested with crocodiles and the bilharzia parasite.
Somarelang Tikologo - or Environment Watch Botswana is an organisation with an ecological park within its premises, located at the heart of the city.
The non-profit organisation promotes sustainable environmental protection through environmental education, planning, conservation and waste management programmes.
The park is the favourite place for children with its well resourced playground that is open all through out the day.
It also has a community organic garden, a re-cycling drop-off centre and a shop that provides re-cycled products.
Lying on the outskirts of of the city to the south, are the Kgale Hills which add to the beauty of Gaborone.
The Game City shopping mall sits at the foot of the hills which cast early cool evening shade to shoppers in the summer.
The Hills offer an enjoyable climb and breathtaking views of the city and especially the dam. They are popular with fitness and fun lovers who climb them all throughout the year.
The area is safe, but since there are no guides one has to watch for thieves and baboons.