Our most recommended things to do in Gaborone

Gaborone: Private 3-Hour Historical City Tour

1. Gaborone: Private 3-Hour Historical City Tour

On the surface Gaborone is a typical city with its afro-western style. We discover what makes the diamond capital a special place for locals and visitors alike. Don't shy away from sharing your interests so we can try incorporate them into your tour time if possible at no extra charge... After being picked up from your hotel, start your journey through Botswana’s history with a visit to the Three Dikgosi Monument. Then, continue on to the Main Mall, here we visit Botswana's very first mall. Now a thriving collection of vendors and supermarkets, it is a chance to meet locals, buy local ornaments, and taste local cuisine. We will drive through the University of Botswana, get to know how cattle play a big part in Botswana peoples culture. Through contributions of cattle, other livestock, crops and what they could afford, the people built their very first university. Moving forward we explore 'The Village' and the beginnings of Gaborone. Learn about the political history of this area, dating back to 1890. From a magistrates court to a visual arts center. View the artwork, meet the artists, an old dugout fort is also in the area, as well as Gaborone's first prison and first post office, Get to meet Botswana’s young, avant-garde artists at the Thapong Visual Arts Centre located in the area. Learn about the 1902 building’s history as the former magistrate’s house. The capital of Botswana is named after the late chief of the Batlokwa tribe, chief Gaberone (pronounced Gaboronee) his people now live in Tlokweng adjacent to the city. Get a different view of greater Gaborone as we drive through this modern village and learn more about village life in Botswana. Finally, end your tour with a visit to the district of Old Naledi. We drive through the only township in Botswana, it provided the labor force that built the city and today provides the labor that runs the city. Your guide will conveniently drop you off back at your hotel.

3hr Manyana Village Visit From Gaborone + Rock Painting

2. 3hr Manyana Village Visit From Gaborone + Rock Painting

We drive down a tarred open road to Manyana, a village rich in history and culture, where you get to see the only rock paintings available south of Botswana. In great company let's go see some 2000 year old 'Bushmen' rock paintings, as well as a hill which was used during the first defense of Botswana's territory. See the cave that housed a Queen...The village was also home to Dr. David Livingstone before his explorations into central Africa, we get to visit the famous David Livingstone tree located in the heart of the village (on donkey cart if available, should you request it. We request a small token of appreciation for the old man to be given directly by you) and meet other locals along the way. We also visit a local home for a feel of what a typical village home setting would be like.

Art & Craft Tour

3. Art & Craft Tour

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel, and drive with your guide to the village of Mochudi, 25 miles (40km) north of Gaborone. Here you will visit the Phuthadikobo Museum and learn about the history of the Bakgatla tribe. Next, drive to the village of Oodi, famous for its weaving crafts. Join in the activities of local women hand-weaving goods. Stop at Botswana Craft for lunch and to try the local cuisine. After lunch, explore the shop and buy some souvenirs. Continue to Gabane to see locals making pottery. Then drive to Mnayana, where you will join a guided walk to the Mma Sechele Monument. Admire the ancient rock paintings made 2000 years ago by local bush tribes. Finally, visit the famous Livingstones Tree and the memorial to David Livingstone. See locals going about their daily life in rural villages passed by on your return back to Gaborone.

No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Literary Tour : Gaborone Tour

4. No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Literary Tour : Gaborone Tour

In a tour of the city, you will get a chance to visit the Three Chiefs Monument. Here we start the Story of Botswana where we find Obed Ramotswe's story in Botswana's history and why cattle were/are such an important part of Botswana and Precious's life. This is then followed by a drive down to Zebra Way, referred to as Zebra Drive in the Book Series, this street is where Mma Ramotswe would have had her house. We cannot access the house, it is private property however we get to appreciate the neighborhood and its architecture. Lets not forget visit the Anglican church we visit along the way where the real Trevor Mwamba was bishop. From here we head off to the Old Tlokweng Bridge, where at the Notswane River she solved her very first case as a detective. Crossing the river puts us in the village of Tlokweng, home of 'the Orphan farm' (visits can be arranged by request), and 'Speedy Motors'. The drive takes us back into Gaborone passing Riverwalk Mall and through Grace Makhutse's 'suburb' in the city before she got married. Optional extra: Tea at the Mma Ramotswe tea corner (at own cost, please let us know in advance) Please note the television set where the short stories were filmed is neither operational not available for viewing. Walk in the footsteps of Precious Ramotswe and her amazing adventures.

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