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Gaborone is the capital of Botswana and also the safest, cleanest and most functional city in the country. There is the National Museum and Art Gallery, a foundation home to works of numerous artists from Botswana as well as artefacts representing the diverse cultures present in the country. The National Botanic Garden is also located in the city, representing 90% of the plant species that can be found in Botswana. The Mokolodi Nature Reserve is also a famous site among tourists seeing as many rare species of birds and reptiles can be observed there. A relatively smaller game reserve is the Gaborone Game reserve, with cattle variety including zebras and kudus along with birds such as ostriches as well as warthogs. To the outskirts, rural localities like the Otse village are active communities representing heritage, which has its own reserve of local Cape vultures. Other places like the Gaborone Sky Lounge and the Lion Park Resort are perfect recreational locations to spend a day at. Its economic and social conditions have led it to be characterized as the fastest growing city in Africa. Considering the fact that It was developed in the 1960’s, it is a recent city, home to more than 250,000 people. Gaborone is exposed to a sunny climate all through the year with warm days and cool nights being the almost daily weather status.
The Sir Seretse Khama International Airport lies 25 kilometres north of the city centre.
Air France, Kenya Airways, Egypt Air, South African Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airlines fly to Gaborone from the UK.
One can get to the city centre from the airport comfortably in a cab or a combi, which are white vans that are like mini buses.
To get around the towns and outskirts of Gaborone, visitors will have to catch seats with the city buses. However inner city trips can be comfortable completed on taxis or kombis. Where Kombis are not operational, shared taxis take over the local route. For private, dedicated services, there are separate ‘special taxis’ on particular stops or booked via hotels.
May to July is the best period to visit Gaborone because the temperatures during the day are fairly pleasant and rainfall is at a minimum.
Average flight time from London to Gaborone is 13 hours and 15 minutes.
There are no direct flights from the UK to Gaborone.
Being the capital of Botswana and the most visited city in the country, Gaborone has a collection of hotels and lodges for its visitors to stay. From the Lansmore Masa Square hotel, known for being close to numerous tourist attractions around the city, to the extravagant Gaborone Sun Hotel, with a very friendly and luxurious ambience, Gaborone has it all. Also convenient are inns and lodges like Grand Palm Peermont Inn, the Cresta Lodge, the Royal Apartment Lodges and many more. For the people looking to stay close to the attractions located there, staying in a hotel will be more preferable seeing as more of them are located in the city centre. For those who want to observe the sites located in the outskirts of Gaborone, a lodge or an in will be more suitable.
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