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Gaborone City Tour

Gaborone City Tour

Visit Nearby Gaborone (Botswana)

Get to know the secrets and beauty of Botswana’s capital city, less than 40km from Rhulani Safari Lodge.

Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country’s commercial centre. Today, a trip to Gaborone gives you the opportunity to enjoy the young city's safe and modern amenities and the region’s sights.

After the morning safari and a rich breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up at 10 am. After about an hour's drive, during which you cross the border into Botswana, you will reach Gaborone. You will return to Rhulani at 3pm, so you will not miss the high tea and afternoon safari.

Tour 1: Traditional City Tour

See various government ministries, the Parliament building, the House of Chiefs and the Central Bank of Botswana. Outside the Parliament building, there is a statue of Sir Seretse Khama, Botswana’s first president. Take a tour of the Main Mall or the Botswana Craft Market, where you can purchase a variety of souvenirs, ranging from leather sandals and woven baskets to carved wooden statues.

To fully experience and appreciate the ambience of Gaborone, you will then take a tour through the Old Naledi township or through Tlokweng village, one of the city's first settlements.

You will then go to the Gaborone Bus Rank, the true heart of the city, which is also the centre of the public transport system. Experience the pulsating energy of the area. Then, you'll proceed to the Three Dikgosi Monument and the SADC House.

  • Duration: four to five hours
  • Cost: R5 290 for a group of up to three people; R7 440 for a group of up to seven people; and R8 500 for a group of up to 13 people

Tour 2: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Tour

This tour is dedicated to giving you first-hand experience of the setting of the famous The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series of novels set in Botswana by Alexander McCall Smith and exploring the life of the much-loved central character, Mma Precious Ramotswe.

The novels are as much about the adventures and foibles of the different characters as they are about solving mysteries. Mma Ramotswe starts up her detective agency when she uses an inheritance from her father to move to the capital city, Gaborone. She buys a house for herself and an office for her new business. Mma Ramotswe feels a detective needs to know about the people she lives among more than anything else, in order to solve their problems.

The tour visits the most important places described in the novels, commencing at Zebra Way, followed by Speedy Motors, the Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café and the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency office, and is rounded off by lunch at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Coffee House to sample a variety of culinary delights.

  • Duration: four to five hours
  • Cost: R6 980 for two people