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Gaborone Travel Guide - Travel S Helper


Gaborone is Botswana’s capital and biggest city. Its agglomeration has a population of 421,907 people.

Gaborone is 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from the South African border, lying between Kgale and Oodi Hills on the Notwane River in Botswana’s southern section.

There are several languages spoken there, with Setswana (Tswana) being the most common. English, iKalanga, and the Kgalagadi’s native tongue are also spoken.

When the Bechuanaland Protectorate became an independent country in the mid-1960s, the city was slated to be the capital since it had no tribal allegiance and was near to fresh water. The city’s heart is a lengthy strip of commercial establishments known as the Mall, which is flanked on the west by a semicircle-shaped section of government buildings. The city is one of the world’s fastest-growing, which has resulted in housing issues and illegal colonies. During the 1980s, the city also battled with wars that erupted in the nation from Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Gaborone – Info Card

POPULATION : City: 231,626  /  Metro: 421,907
FOUNDED :  1964
TIME ZONE : Central Africa Time (UTC+2)   Summer:  (UTC+2)
LANGUAGE : Setswana 78.2%, Kalanga 7.9%, Sekgalagadi 2.8%, English 2.1% (official), other 9%
RELIGION : Christian 71.6%, Badimo 6%, other 1.4%, unspecified 0.4%, none 20.6%
AREA : 169 km2 (65 sq mi)
ELEVATION : 1,014 m (3,327 ft)
COORDINATES : 24°39′29″S 25°54′44″E
SEX RATIO : Male: 49.70%
 Female: 50.30%
ETHNIC : Tswana (or Setswana) 79%, Kalanga 11%, Basarwa 3%, other, including Kgalagadi and white 7%
DIALING CODE : +267 31

Climate of Gaborone

Gaborone’s climate is hot and semi-arid. Gaborone is sunny for the most of the year. Summers are often hot. The evenings are pleasant.

Summers with minimal rain are usually hotter than summers with frequent rain. The warmest months of the year, if there is a drought, are generally January and February. The warmest temperatures are normally in October, just before the rain begins, if there is average rainfall. The days are still pleasant in the winter, but the evenings are frigid.

On average, there are seventy-four days each year with temperatures exceeding 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit). Temperatures exceeding 26 °C (79 °F) occur on average 196 days every year. The average number of days with temperatures below 7 °C (45 °F) each year is 51. Temperatures below 0 °C (32 °F) occur on average once every year.

Geography of Gaborone

Gaborone is located between Kgale and Oodi Hills on the Notwane River in Botswana’s southeastern tip, 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from the South African border at 24°39′29′′S 25°54′44′′E. The city is located at a height of 1,010 meters (3,310 feet) above sea level. The cities of Ramotswa to the southeast, Mogoditshane to the northwest, Mochudi to the east, and Tlokweng across the river surround Gaborone.

Economy of Gaborone

Gaborone is the economic hub of the country. The headquarters of major financial institutions such as the Bank of Botswana, Bank Gaborone, BancABC, and the Botswana Stock Exchange, as well as Air Botswana, Consumer Watchdog, Botswana Telecommunications Corporation, and Debswana, the joint diamond mining venture between De Beers and the Botswana government, are all centrally located.

Hyundai, IBM, Daewoo, Volvo, Owens-Corning, and Siemens are among the foreign corporations that have invested in the city. Debswana’s Orapa House is where the diamonds mined in Debswana are sorted and appraised.

Gaborone has an 11.7 percent unemployment rate.

Internet, Comunication in Gaborone

Internet cafés may be found in almost every retail mall in the city. Many cafés offer 5- to 20-hour memberships that give discounted pricing. Network speeds range from fair to excellent. Photocopying is also available at many cafés.

How To Travel To Gaborone

Customs is quite sluggish, yet somewhat simple to navigate (as appears to be the case for most of Africa). They seldom bother you if you have an address for where you will be staying.BY PLAINAir Botswana is located at the Main Mall and can be reached at 395 1921....

How To Get Around In Gaborone

Travelers unfamiliar with driving on the left should use care when driving and crossing the street, since the majority of Southern Africa (including Gaborone, Botswana) drives on the left.BY BUSThe majority of major cities are accessible by bus. However, come early at the bus terminal, since buses may fill up...

Districts & Neighbourhoods In Gaborone

Gaborone's nomenclature befuddles the majority of newcomers. Different portions of town are referred to as Blocks, Extensions, Phases, and so on, and the same location may have many names.To the east of the railway line branching out from the Government Enclave are the Extensions. Extensions 9 and 11 are...

Prices In Gaborone

MARKET / SUPERMARKETMilk1 liter$ 1.15 Tomatoes1 kg$ 0.55Cheese0.5 kg$ 4.90Apples1 kg$ 1.55Oranges1 kg$ 1.05Beer (domestic)0.5 l$ 1.15Bottle of Wine1 bottle$ 7.20Coca-Cola2 liters$ 1.30 Bread1 piece$ 0.60Water1.5 l$ 0.80RESTAURANTSDinner (Low-range)for 2$ 12.00 Dinner (Mid-range)for 2$ 23.00 Dinner (High-range)for 2$ 35.00Mac Meal or similar1 meal$ 4.45Water0.33 l$ 0.50Cappuccino1 cup$ 1.70Beer (Imported)0.33 l$ 1.45Beer (domestic)0.5 l$ 1.40 Coca-Cola0.33 l$ 0.65Coctail...

Things To Do In Gaborone

Kgale Hill - Do not miss the enjoyable journey up Kgale Hill, one of Botswana's tallest peaks (at about 100m). It offers a great perspective of the city and its environs. However, keep an eye out for baboons and avoid deviating from the trail. There are no guides and...

Food & Restaurants In Gaborone

Gaborone is hardly an exciting place to dine – and the city bears the brunt of South African culinary predominance more than others. However, if you keep your expectations in check, there are a few intriguing nooks and crannies that pique your palate's curiosity.City CentreWhite box food (sold all over...

Shopping In Gaborone

Gaborone boasts a plethora of shopping malls, and almost every South African chain business has a location in the city. Regrettably, this pushes out small independent businesses. Despite the VAT rate of 12 percent, which is lower than the 14 percent in South Africa, Gabs is a disappointing and...

Nightlife In Gaborone

Bull and Bush - In the northwestern area of , there is an English bar. A popular hangout for ex-pats, including a large screen TV and pool tables. Friday night is normally reserved for the younger children, while Saturday night is reserved for the adults. The cuisine is delicious, particularly...

Stay Safe & Healthy In Gaborone

Botswana's people are quite kind, and the country's crime rate is comparatively low. However, the current disparity between affluent and poor has resulted in an increase in crime. Keep an eye on your surroundings at all times. When heading out to a restaurant late at night, call a cab...



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