Gaborone Travel Guide 2024

Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, is one of the hottest developing cities in Africa, thanks to the government’s efforts in modernising and developing it. The city’s main attractions lie in the park’s up north. Here’s what you need to know to make your vacation to Gaborone the best yet.

The Best Parks

Mokolodi Nature Reserve- While it is not as well-known as some of the other parks in the country, the Mokolodi Nature Reserve offers an excellent experience that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. You can walk or cycle along the guided path and catch glimpses of cheetahs, and even rare white rhinos roaming in the wild.

Diverman, Ostriches at Mokolodi Nature Reserve, Botswana, CC BY-SA 3.0

Gaborone Game Reserve- Located right in the middle of the city, the Gaborone Game Reserve is where you can observe ostriches frolicking about with high-rise buildings in the background. You can enjoy an afternoon picnic in this park, or take a drive through it to experience the vistas of this slice of nature. Treat yourself, staying at the best hotel in Gaborone and taking trips to the park to explore its full glory.


Maitisong Festival- In March, there is a significant festival in Gaborone that showcases an abundance of traditional music, dance, and theatre. The festival takes place all over the city and its suburbs and lasts for nine days. During this time, the entire population of Gaborone takes to the streets in a carnival-like atmosphere.

President’s Day- Botswana celebrates President’s Day in July, which is a four-day national holiday across the country. During this time, people go back to their home villages to participate in various celebrations, including speeches, traditional dance, and singing.


The months of April and May tend to be dry and warm, and rainfall occurs between December and March, when temperatures and humidity are high, making for an uncomfortable time. From June onwards the weather tends to be calmer, and this should be the period when you should set your travel dates. You can enjoy stays at Avani Gaborone Resort & Casino and roam around the city to your heart’s content.