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About Gaborone

Gaberone is the thriving capital city of Botswana, situated on a flat valley between Kgale and Oodi Hills. Gaborone backpacking tours include highlights such as Gaborone Game Reserve, hikes, walks and a range of fun things to see and do.


Nearest Gaborone airports are: • Sir Seretse Khama International - Gaborone Airport


Botswana's capital has a fairly diverse range of mostly non-endemic species spanning across the city's diverse habitats. Bird safaris are highly popular in Botswana, and the country offers some of the best bird watching experiences in Southern Africa. Binoculars are essential to ensure that you spot some prime Gaborone bird life.


Gaborone conservation projects are fairly progressive, and are widely regarded as one of Africa's best examples of optimal conservation management. With a large percentage of land set aside for conservation areas, and careful management and planning, Gaborone's strong conservation efforts ensure that the environment is protected and that visitors to the country have the best possible safari experiences.


Gaborone plant life is fairly diverse, with a large majority of desert vegetation and savannas to be found in and around the city, as well as denser plant species near water sources. Many plants are edible, and the Kalahari San tribes have been using many species for centuries to treat illnesses and ailments.

Safety Tips

• Gaborone is fairly safe but like many cities, it is best to be cautious • Do not walk around with valuables or leave valuables unattended • Avoid walking around alone at night, especially in the cities • Watch out for cattle and wildlife on the roads when driving • Be careful on safari and do not wander away from camps alone in primary game areas

Travel Books

Travel books for Gaborone include the following: • Botswana Globetrotter Travel Guide by Alan Brough • Botswana and Namibia by Lonely Planet • Botswana: Bradt Travel Guide by Chris McIntyre • Botswana: The Insider's Guide by Ian Michler


Botswana is one of Southern Africa's premier game viewing destinations, and for good reason. The capital city of Gaborone offers the ideal hub to explore the country's game, and Gaborone wildlife itself is fairly fascinating with a number of smaller mammals to see. Botswana safaris and wildlife viewing remain one of the highlights of any African overland experience.


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