Gaborone Tourism, Botswana

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Gaborone (Tswana IPA: [χabʊˈrʊnɛ]; English /ˌɡæbəˈroʊniː/ GA-bə-ROH-nee) is the capital and largest city of Botswana with a population of 231,626 based on the 2011 census, about 10% of the total population of Botswana. Its agglomeration is home to 421,907 inhabitants at the 2011 census. Gaborone is situated between Kgale and Oodi Hills, on the Notwane River in the south-eastern corner of Botswana, and 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from the South African border. The city is served by the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport. It is an administrative district in its own right, but is the capital of the surrounding South-East District. Locals often refer to the city as Gabs. Many languages are spoken there, Setswana (Tswana) being the main language. English, iKalanga, and the native language of the Kgalagadi, are also spoken. Because the city had no tribal affiliation and was close to fresh water, the city was planned to be the capital in the mid-1960s when the Bechuanaland Protectorate became an independent nation. The centre of the city is a long strip of commercial businesses, called the Mall, with a semicircle-shaped area of government offices to the west of the Mall. The city is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, and this has created problems with housing and illegal settlements. The city has also dealt with conflicts spilling into the country from Zimbabwe and South Africa during the 1980s. The city is the government capital as well as the economic capital; the city is headquarters to numerous companies and the Botswana Stock Exchange. Gaborone is also home to the Southern African Development Community (SADC); a Regional Economic Community established in 1992, committed to Regional Integration and poverty eradication within Southern Africa through economic development and ensuring peace and security.


This warm abode of Gaborone is a delightful place to visit in Botswana. A holiday in Gaborone can generally be of 1-2 days.

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Facts and Stats for Gaborone*

  • Pollution Statistics in Gaborone

    Know the pollution level of Gaborone before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 45 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 52.78 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 27.5 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 55 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 47.5 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 47.5 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 40.91 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 69.44 (High)
  • Gaborone: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Gaborone for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Gaborone.

    • Burglary and Theft 76.79 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 69.64 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 60.71 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 51.79 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 49.11 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 76.85 (High)
    • Attacks 53.57 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 50 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 66.96 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 19.64 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 38.39 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 21.43 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 68.75 (High)
  • Living in Gaborone - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Gaborone is 127.12 (High)

    • Safety Index 41.07 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 88.87 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 54.95 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 20 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 41.22 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 44.44 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 17.45 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 68.46 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Gaborone

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Gaborone

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.15 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.62 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 31.99 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 85.94 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 55.14 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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