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11 Best Things to Do in Gaborone

Botswana is one of the most-visited countries in African, and there are many things to do in its Capital city of Gaborone, for both tourists and locals. This travel guide give you the insights to discover what are best things to do in Gaborone. Whether you’re a local of Botswana, a new resident of Gaborone, or just visiting for a few days, explore Gaborone fully by following our list of the best things to do in the capital city. Best things to do in Gaborone it is a lovely trip that will take you to Gaborone Game Reserve to spot wildlife and National Museum in the city center to see displays of art and cultural artifacts.

If you’re looking to take your significant other on a date or the kids out for some family fun, we have your guide to some of the best free things to do in the area.

1. Explore original Botswanan food

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Seswaa, Botswanan traditional shredded meat dish | Photo: Botswana Craft

Capital city of Botswana is a perfect destination for African gourmets. There are dozens of foods on offer to taste the best Botswanan specialties, discover typical restaurants and sip some local drinks, but also global cuisine. When on holiday in Gaborone, take your time and have fun, because you are in one of the best food destinations in Africa. 

2. Botswana Craft

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Baskets are a big part of Botswanan culture | Photo: Botswana Craft

This is the best place in Gaborone for local and African crafts products, most often sold by local producers. The Botswana Craft is a market with art shop, courtyard restaurant and conference and public event spaces. What makes it unique? The Botswanacraft market give a unique touch to all the famous craft products of Botswana, but also live music and other public events.

Opening hours:

  • From Monday to Saturday: 7am – 5pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Location: Plot 20716 Magochanyama Road, Gaborone, Botswana 

3. Christ the King Cathedral 

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Christ The King Cathedral, Gaborone | Photo: LefaBkBobo

Consecrated in 1968, this magnificent cathedral of Roman Catholic architecture is the principal church in Gaborone. This A tranquil place for prayer and meditation is open to worshipers from all walks of life. The cathedral is also one of the beautiful buildings in Botswana, just awesome! 

Location: 161 Queens Rd, Gaborone, Botswana 

4. Mokolodi Nature Reserve

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Beautiful nature and wildlife in Mokolodi Nature Reserve | Photo: Seneo Perry

Mokolodi Nature Reserve is an amazing, captivating and mesmerizing game reserve, an ideal romantic destination for safari-goer couples. For lovers and couples looking romantic things to do in Gaborone, this nature reserve is a must see. Game drive here offer visitors opportunity to spot of African wildlife including giraffe, impala, hippo, zebra, nile crocodile, leopard, and birdlife. 

5. Explore the museum 

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Botswana National Museum | Photo: Mphosebina

Looking for things to do? Located in the Botswana capital of Gaborone, the Botswana National Museum, also known as the National Museum and Art Gallery, is one of the best places that reflect the arts and Batswana culture. You will discover beautiful traditional Botswana crafts and paintings, the work of local artists. 

Location: National Museum and Art Gallery 

6. Gaborone Dam 

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Picnic at the Gaborone Dam | Photo: Detour BW

The idyllic Gaborone Dam on the Notwane River is a top waterfront experience in the Botswana capital of Gaborone. Gaborone Dam is a popular spot for walking, picnics and admiring the nature, a stunning tranquil waterway to explore at your own pace. Here, you can just watch the sunset and enjoy a breeze with lovers and friends, there is Insta-worthy sunsets nearly almost every night.

7. Three Dikgosi Monument

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The Three Dikgosi Monument, Botswana | Photo: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen

Located in the heart of the city, the Three Dikgosi Monument is Botswana’s most striking monument attracting hundreds of daily visitors to explore its grand architecture and knowledable details of the three tribal chiefs. 

Location: 4th Commercial, Gaborone, Botswana 

8. Gaborone Game Reserve 

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Ostriches at the Gaborone Game Reserve | Photo: Kurt W. Bubna

Capital of Botswana is one of the unique capital cities in the world with wildlife. If you have the opportunity to be in Gaborone, take the time to explore this wildlife reserve in Gaborone. The Gaborone Game Reserve, is among the top-rated tourist attractions in Gaborone, with African wildlife including wildebeest, elands, gemsboks, kudus, ostriches, warthogs, and more. The game park is also a popular spot for bird-watching and a rich and abundant nature.

Location: Game Reserve Road, Gaborone, Botswana 

9. Kgale Hill Public Park

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Views from top of the Kgale Hill | Photo: Tara Matija

Regarded as one of the most beautiful natural urban parks in Botswana, the Kgale Hill Public Park is where locals and tourists gather for nice walks, picnic, hiking or climbing. The Park is highest peak of the Gaborone City, offering beautiful perspectives and panoramic views of the entire city, including the idyllic Gaborone Dam. We recommend a trip to the hill top, the views from the top, especially at sunrise are spectacular. An Insta-worthy spot in Botswana that you will never forget. 

Location: Kgale Hill 

10. Balaji Temple 

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Sri Balaji Temple, Gaborone, Botswana | Photo: Interestingworld_1

The Balaji Temple is important part Gaborone’s landscape and a must-do cultural and spiritual experience for tourists to Botswana’s capital city. This Hindu temple in Gaborone, is an architectural marvel, with many religious rituals and festive activities on offer.  Beyond exploring the beautiful architecture, a visit to the Balaji is very calming, and a valuable life experience that you are sure to take something from. 

Location: Block 8 Kgogwe, Gaborone, Botswana 

11. Visit Riverwalk Mall 

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Open terrace bars and restaurants at the Riverwalk Mall, Gaborone | Photo: Bhbrockett

The Riverwalk Mall is a very large shopping centre with more than 80, it is the largest shopping centre in town. For movie lovers, the Riverwalk Mall has a large cinema complex with many restaurants. This place is ideal for shopping lovers, for drinks or dining out. Here, you will find everything, from the most expensive to the cheapest shops. Riverwalk Mall is really a must during your trip to Gaborone.

Opening hours:  

  • From Monday to Friday: 9am – 7pm
  • Saturday: 9am – 5pm
  • Sunday: 9am – 2pm 

Location: 7279 Jersey, Gaborone, Botswana 

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