Gaborone, the capital city of Botswana, may not be big on tourist attractions but it is a vibrant, if small, sprawling modern city that provides several international hotels (two with casinos) and all the souvenir shops, restaurants and services that visitors, drawn to the country for the abundant wildlife, will need. There are also a few sights to see and excursions to enjoy for those who only have a day or two in which to experience the country.
Pride and joy of Gaborone is its University and National Museum which features some outstanding exhibits. One of the most striking of the modern tall buildings is Orapa House, where Botswana’s diamonds are sorted and dispatched to markets around the world.
The old part of the city, known as the ‘Village’, is where one finds remnants of Botswana’s colonial history, such as the remains of the old Government Rest House, where the infamous Jameson Raid was believed to have been planned and where Cecil John Rhodes sometimes stayed.