GABORONE IN BOTSWANA
Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, is located southeast of Botswana around 15 kilometres from the South African border. It has a total land area of 169 sq. km making it the largest city in Botswana.
Prior to 1963, Gaborone was called Gaberones Village because it was then a small community along the railway with an administrative centre now titled as the Village. It is dubbed as Africa’s fastest growing city since its establishment and locally knows to its residents as “Gabs”. It was named after Kgosi Gaborone, chief of the Batlokwa people who originated from Magaliesberg settling in 1881. Gaborone means “it does not fit badly”. Gaborone was founded on extensive development, and infrastructures were introduced to build Gaborone into what it is today.
In 1963, a year before the building of the city started, the construction of the Gaborone Dam commenced. Within eighteen months, the city was complete with basic infrastructure until it became the seat of government, and an industrial and commercial capital. Today among the structures built, are modern Africa hotels in Botswana with business and leisure facilities, malls with cinema complexes, cultural centre, museum, art gallery, golf course and other sports facilities
The Gaborone presents a unique set up that allows visitors and local people alike to enjoy the conveniences of an upcoming African city destination while maintaining its local authenticity. Aside from the Gaborone Dam, the city boasts of the 1200 acres of Gaborone Game Reserve situated within the capital limits. This small Botswana safari reserve was created in 1988, and is home to zebra, kudu, eland, gemsbok, red hartebeest, steenbok, monkeys, warthog, wildebeest, and impala. For the avid bird watcher, resident and migrant bird species are habitually seen near small dam in the reserve e.g. snake eagles, boubou, kingfishers, gallinule, hornbills and many more. The landscape includes savannah, marsh, woodland and stony outcrops. It is popular with locals on the weekend and visitors overnighting in Gaborone.
Another attraction in Gaborone is the Kgale Hill within the city limits, and overlooking Gaborone Dam and the mall capital, and a perfect site for sunset viewing. It is labelled the sleeping giant measured at 4222 feet taking 1-2 hours to climb. There is also the Mokolodi Nature Reserve, created in 1994 and situated 15 kilometres south of Gaborone. The reserve covers 12355 acres of pristine wilderness.