For most holidaymakers planning a Botswana safari holiday, their adventures are going to start and end in Botswana’s vibrant capital city, Gaborone. Bursting with colour, culture and history, this is a destination just waiting to be explored. Why not give yourself a few days in Gaborone and take advantage of all it has to offer?
Wander through the Town Centre
Gaborone’s first shopping centre, The Main Mall, is still home to some of the city’s oldest offices, hotels and shops, and a walk through this pedestrian-only precinct can be like taking a step back in time. At one end of the mall you’ll find the attractive tree-lined Government Enclave and the National Assembly; at the other, the Gaborone City Town Council has its home. Head to the main walkway to take advantage of the many outdoor stalls selling African arts and crafts – perfect for picking up last-minute presents and souvenirs of your Botswana safari adventure.
Learn about Botswana’s History
Whilst you’re at the Main Mall, don’t forget to take a snapshot of the statue commemorating Sir Seretse Khama, Botswana’s founding father and first president, which was erected in honour of Botswana’s 20th anniversary of independence and can be found facing the National Assembly. Next, pay a visit to the Village, an old administrative centre established in 1890 which stills contains late 19th and early 20th Century buildings, as well as the graves of soldiers who died in the Anglo-Boer War. Finally, top off your history lesson by visiting the fantastic National Museum to really get a taste of Botswana’s culture, both past and present – an understanding of this will greatly enhance your Botswana safari adventure.
Before heading off on your Botswana safari, why not jump into the city’s busy cultural life? Gaborone’s National Art Gallery is the first port of call for anyone wanting to learn more about the country’s artistic heritage. Once you’ve had a good look around there, head to the Thapong Visual Arts Centre for an insight into what Botswana’s younger and more avant-garde generation are up to. For music and dance shows, check out the listings at venues such as the Maitsong Cultural Centre, the Alliance Française and Botswanacraft, and look in the ‘What’s On’ section of the Botswana Advertiser – in such a vibrant and buzzing city, there’s never a shortage of cultural shows and activities that will make the perfect addition to your Botswana safari holiday.