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Gaborone is the capital city of Botswana. It is situated between Oodi Hill and Kgale Hill, near the Segoditshane River and Notwane River and in the south-eastern corner of Botswana. It lies 15 kilometres from the South African border (Tlokweng boarder). The city is served by one airport, Sir Seretse Khama International Airport. It is an economic and administrative district in its own right, and it is the capital of the South-East District. Botswana citizens often refer to the city as Gabs or GC.

Gaborone was named after Chief Gaborone of the Tlokwa tribe, who once ruled the Tlokweng tribal land nearby. It was planned to be the capital of Botswana in the mid-1960s when the Bechuanaland Protectorate became an independent country. The reasons it was chosen as a capital city was that it had no tribal affiliation and was close to fresh water. The centre of the city is called CBD or Central Business District, with a semicircle-shaped area of government offices to its south East, called Government Enclave. It is one of the fastest-developing cities in the world.

Gaborone being the economic capital of Botswana, is home to numerous organisations such as the Botswana Stock Exchange, and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Four major languages are spoken in Botswana. Setswana (Tswana) being the main tongue, English, iKalanga, and Kgalagadi.

According to history there have been inhabitants along the Notwane River for years. In more recent years, the Tlokwa left the Magaliesberg in South Africa to settle in Gaborone around 1880 and called the settlement Moshaweng. Gaborone was initially called “Gaberones” by early European settlers. The name “Government Camp” was shortened to GC and was made a moniker for Gaborone. In 1890, Cecil John Rhodes picked Gaberones to house a colonial fortification where he planned the Jameson Raid. Gaborone changed its name from Gaberones to Gaborone in 1969.

Before 1965 the capital was in Mafikeng, South Africa. It moved from Mafeking to Gaberones in 1965. When Botswana acquired its independence in 1966, Lobatse was the first choice as the country’s capital city. But Lobatse was found to be too limited, and instead, a new capital city would be created next to Gaberones.

Since Gaborone was built very rapidly, there was a gigantic convergence of workers who had constructed unlawful settlements on the new city’s southern modern advancement zone. These settlements were named Naledi. In 1971, due to the development of unlawful settlements, the Gaborone Town Council and the Ministry of Local Government and Lands reviewed a zone called Bontleng, which would contain low-pay lodging. Be that as it may, Naledi still developed, and the interest for lodging was more noteworthy than any time in recent memory. In 1973, the Botswana Housing Corporation (BHC) constructed “Another Naledi” over the street from the “Old Naledi”. Inhabitants from Old Naledi would be moved to New Naledi. Be that as it may, the interest for lodging expanded once more; also, the inhabitants who moved to New Naledi despised the houses. The issue was tackled in 1975 when Sir Seretse Khama, the leader of Botswana, rezoned Naledi from a modern zone to a low-wage lodging area.

Bechuanaland was the eleventh country in Africa to become independent on the 30 September, 1966. The main chairman of Gaborone was Reverend Derek Jones. The old Gaberones turned into a suburb of the new Gaborone.

After the 1994 General Elections, riots began in Gaborone in light of high joblessness and other issues.

Today, Gaborone is growing rapidly. In 1964, Gaborone just had about 3,800 inhabitants; seven years later, the city had right around eighteen thousand residents. The city had initially anticipated 20,000 inhabitants, yet by 1992, the city had 138,000 individuals. This prompted numerous squatter settlements on undeveloped land of Mogoditshane, a town very close to Gaborone, which were later cleared by Mr. Jacob Nkate, the Botswana Minister of Lands and Housing from 1999 to 2004.

For some guests to Botswana, Gaborone is essentially a travel point in transit to the nation’s world-famous game reserves or idyllic resorts. However, as you would expect from Southern Africa’s Tourism, there are a lot of attractions to keep visitors content for a day or two in Gaborone. For example, the Botswana National Museum which was established in 1967, offers guests the opportunity to find out about Botswana’s history, culture, and workmanship. The Museum building got an entire reburshment in 2016. Other tourist attractions are the Mokolodi Nature Reserve, Three Dikgosi Monument, Gaborone Game Reserve, and the Gaborone Dam.

National Museum

The national museum is in the center of the city, it is just within a walking distance from the Main mall.

Three Dikgosi Monument

This is found in Gaborone Central Business District (CBD), next to the new High Court.

Gaborone Game Reserve

Gaborone Game Reserve Is located on the eastern side  of Gaborone, it is very close to the University of Botswana.

Mokolodi Nature Reserve

Mokolodi Nature Reserve is roughly 8 km away from Gaborone, on the south western side of the  ever growing and developing city of Gaborone.

The entrance fee to these tourist attractions is no more than $1.

To review Botswana National Museum, Three Dikgosi Monument, Gaborone Game Reserve, Mokolodi Nature Reserve and Gaborone Dam click here.

Nightlife in Gaborone can be as exciting as ever. There are various night clubs or bars in Gaborone. For example, the Sky Lounge in Gaborone CBD, where one can freshen up with drinks, is one of them.

Restaurants in Gaborone are plenty. There are Chinese Restaurants, Japanese Restaurants as well as Italian Restaurants.Register to review restaurants, and hotels in Gaborone, Botswana.

There are also malls for those who like shopping. These malls are Main mall, Railpark mall, Game City mall, BBS mall, Airport Junction mall, Molapo Crossing mall, Riverwalk mall, North Gate malls and Sebele mall.

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