Gaborone may be the capital and largest city of Botswana, but in terms of tourism there really isn’t a lot to do here. If you’re in the capital city for business purposes there are a few attractions if you have an afternoon or a day free, but otherwise, as a tourist you would probably choose to go somewhere else!
Botswana is famous for its wildlife, and even near Gaborone you can experience this. The Gaborone Game Reserve for example, is an opportunity to see zebras, wart hogs, wild boars, monkeys and many birds and the benefit is that if you have a car you’re free to drive around the reserve un-guided.
Another option is Mokolodi, which has a broader range of wildlife including giraffes, elephants, hippos and more, and you can even pet a cheetah here!
Still only classified as a village, Maun has grown into one of Botswana’s main tourist areas as it’s the gateway to the country’s major national parks and attractions. But Maun itself also has a game reserve so if you’re here for a day before heading out on your safari, visit the Maun Game Reserve which is conveniently situated within walking distance of the town.
The Okavango Delta is one of Botswana’s most popular attractions. This is primarily an inland waterway so you can explore by boat. Many people choose to stay in the area before going on safari in the Moremi Game Reserve. Whatever you do, the wildlife, bird life and plant life are said to be spectacular here.
Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park in north west Botswana has the greatest concentration of elephants out of any national park in Africa in addition to an abundance of other ‘big’ wildlife – buffalo, leopard, lion and antelope. The park is close to the border with Zambia and Zimbabwe and so is a good place from which to travel to Victoria Falls, about 60km away.