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Attractions

THREE DIKGOSI
MONUMENT IN GABORONE

PARLIAMENT
BUILDINGS

THREE DIKGOSI MONUMENT IN GABORONE

It’s an interesting kind of history when your nationalist heroes are three guys who argued your country’s continued protectorate status by Africa’s biggest imperialist power. The dikgosi (chiefs) are honored in imposing form at this large, badly placed (in the shadow of an office block) monument, which also includes panel carvings of national virtues, from ‘Botshabelo’ (refuge), ‘Bogaka’ (heroism), ‘Boitshoko’ (endurance), ‘Maikarabelo’ (global responsibility) and ‘Boipuso’ (independence).

By helping to keep Botswana under the administration of the British Crown, the Batswana chiefs in question i.e. Bathoen, Khama II and Sebele, prevented the country from coming under the control of Cecil Rhodes, who most likely would have been a far more exploitative administrator.

GABORONE GAME RESERVE

The reserve was established in 1988 by the Kalahari Conservation Society to give the Gaborone public an opportunity to view Botswana’s wildlife in a natural and accessible location. It seems to be working. The 5 sq km reserve, is the third busiest in the country and boasts a range of wildlife from, wildebeest, elands, gemsboks, kudus, ostriches and warthogs. The birdlife, which includes kingfishers and hornbills, is particularly plentiful and easy to spot from observation areas.

It has within it a few picnic sites, a game hide and a small visitor-education center. All roads in the reserve are accessible by 2WD; guided drives are not offered. The reserve is about 1km east of Broadhurst Mall and can be accessed from Limpopo Drive.

NATIONAL MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

Botswana’s National Museum closed in mid-2016 for a much needed overhaul. Prior to the closure, the collection itself was modest, with plenty of stuffed animals alongside sections on the country’s precolonial and colonial history. The art-gallery section had a similarly unremarkable portfolio of traditional, modern African and European art.




PARLIAMENT

Botswana’s parliament building sits at the western end of the Main Mall in an area dominated by government ministries.

PEOPLE

Being the biggest and most valuable asset of the country, Batswana are known as a friendly, warm and welcoming people.

RESTRICTIONS

Drinking and driving, alcohol consumption in undesignated areas. Smoking in public areas.

OTHER TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Rest of Botswana; Chobe area, Jwaneng Mine, Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa Mines.