Cheap Flights to Gaborone, Botswana
- Area Size (city) : 169km² (65 sq mi)
- Area Codes : (+267) 31
- Currency : Pula (P)
- Population (city) : 231,626 (2011)
- Official Language : English with Setswana widely used
- Time Zone : CAT (UTC+2)
- Airport : Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE)
‘GBE’ named after Botswana’s first president is located 15km north of Gaborone nicknamed ‘Gabs’ and ‘G-City. Gaborone is the country’s capital and largest city. Passengers can hire vehicles from ‘Bidvest’ or ‘Europcar’ or travel in a pre-arranged minibus from their top-class hotel that will also accommodate travellers not staying at the hotel, if space is available. Taxis are not often available at the airport.
Travellers can depart from ‘Cape Town International Airport’ to ‘GBE’ with the following airlines:
- South African Airways
- British Airways
- Air Botswana
Including the above, from ‘OR Tambo International Airport’, Johannesburg travellers can fly to ‘GBE’ with:
Also operating flights to ‘GBE’ are:
- Qatar Airways
- Air Namibia
Reasons to Visit Gaborone, Botswana:
- Located southeast in a flat valley between the Kgale and Oodi hills, Gaborone is a modern city with some beautifully designed buildings and wonderful broad tree-lined avenues. The city’s surrounding areas comprise lush villages and suburbs from where many locals traverse daily to the city and back.
- Gaborone offers fabulous five-star hotels, guesthouses, self-catering establishments, caravanning and camping facilities suitable to all budgets including ‘Mokolodi Backpackers’. For food, there’s a good range of eateries that serve Portuguese, vegetarian, Brazilian, German, Italian and Indian cuisines and highly rated is the ‘Bull & Bush Pub’ for a great steak or for the best burger, the ‘Main Deck’. A night of clubbing can be had at ‘Trekkers Night Club’, ‘Sky Lounge’ and others.
- When you’re done with wildlife and nature meander through the city’s ‘Main Mall’ for shopping any day except Sunday and while there, view the ‘Pula Arch’ that commemorates the country’s independence from Britain, the ‘War Memorial’, the ‘National Assembly’ and a statue of the country’s first president. There are a number of temples that include the impressive ‘BAPS Swaminarayan Hindu Mission’ building to view.
When to Visit Gaborone, Botswana:
The winter season from May to August is the ideal time with the most tourists. March provides the highest rainfall while February is the hottest month.
Places to Visit Gaborone, Botswana:
- A must visit and popular retreat for visitors and residents, due to its close proximity to the city, is the 2,500km² ‘Khutse Game Reserve’ that neighbours the ‘Central Kalahari Game Reserve’ with no fencing. The terrain comprises river beds, rolling plains, bare and grassed pans that are remnants of a river system that was. Game is mostly viewed at the pans with water sometimes filled into artificial waterholes to ensure good game viewing all year through. Animals commonly sighted include gemsbok, giraffe, kudu, springbok, wildebeest and more along with leopard, lion, cheetah and the endangered brown hyena. In addition to animals there are small villages where San and Bakgalagadi people live and their crafts can be purchased. Visitors wanting to ‘walk with the San’ can arrange this at the ‘Khutse Kalahari Lodge’, just 10km before the entrance to the reserve.
- Take a relaxed drive around the immense ‘Gaborone Dam’, stopping at the ‘Gaborone Yacht Club’ for refreshments and a superb view of the dam.
- The ‘Three Dikgosi Monument’ is a set of bronze sculptures of three leaders situated in the CBD of Gaborone.
- Hiking up ‘Kgale Hill’, nicknamed ‘The Sleeping Giant’, affords spectacular vistas of the city, dam and surrounding areas. The hill is 1,287m above sea level.
- The small (5km²) ‘Gaborone Game Reserve’ was established in 1988 by the ‘Kalahari Conservation Society’ as an opportunity for locals to appreciate their country’s wildlife in natural surroundings. It affords a splendid retreat from the bustle of city streets and is a protected area for rhino, zebra, eland, kudu, wildebeest and others including small mammals. It’s a great place for ‘birders’ with regular sightings of kingfishers, snake eagles, European bee-eaters, crimson boubou shrikes and more.
- The 3700ha ‘Mokolodi Nature Reserve’ established in 1994 is a non-profit organisation located 10km south from the city and the perfect location for a romantic African getaway, honeymoon or wedding. The Reserve places great emphasis on conservation and education. Take either a scheduled game drive with qualified guides and glean much on tracking rhino and giraffe or relax at your own pace in your own vehicle. Visitors can stay over in self-catering chalets that overlook a waterhole or at one of five private camping sites. The ‘Mokolodi Restaurant’, independently managed offers a delicious ‘a la carte’ menu for lunch and dinner from Tuesdays to Sundays. The park also offers conferencing facilities and small groups wanting a more intimate experience can utilise the Boma that overlooks the flood plain below the main dam, affording more game viewing. Full catering and bar facilities are available. To make your booking go to: [email protected].
- The 7ha ‘National Botanical Garden’ is just 3km south-east of the city centre along the Notwane River.
- The ‘Botswana National Museum’, also known as the ‘National Museum and Art Gallery’ displays traditional tools and handicrafts and affords insight into the history and wildlife of the country.
- Great for visitors with kids is the ‘Lion Park Resort’, 14km from the city on Lobatse Road that has camping sites and besides viewing lions, a fantastic assortment of amusement rides. The resort caters for private and business functions including team building excursions. Rates are charged according to your height and tickets are also available for just lion viewing.
Getting Around Gaborone:
White minibuses are used for traversing around the city and can be identified by their blue number plates. Normally always packed, they travel set routes and only pick-up and drop-off at designated stops displayed ‘bus/taxi stop’, but can be waved down on major roads.
Taxis have blue number plates but are fairly hard to find as they don’t cruise the streets searching out fares. They are mostly found at the minibus stand and around Botswana Road, but it’s best to have your hotel arrange one.
Car rentals companies in Gaborone include: