Gaborone City

Gaborone City


Gaborone is the capital city of Botswana with a land area of 69 km². Gaborone is situated between Kgale and Oodi Hills, on the Notwane River in the southeastern corner of Botswana 15 kilometers from the South African border.

History of the City

The city was then called Gaberones by the early European settlers. Gaberones derived from Gaborone’s Village which was named after Chief Gaborone of the BaTlokwa whose home village is now called Tlokweng

Gaborone is surrounded by the following cities: Ramotswa to the southeast, Mogoditshane to the northwest, and Mochudi to the east and Tlokweng across the river. Most of them are commuter towns for Gaborone. Suburbs in Gaborone include Broadhurst, Gaborone West, The Village, Naledi,and New Canada.

Today, Gaborone is growing very rapidly. In 1964, Gaborone only had 3,855 citizens, seven years later; the city had almost eighteen thousand residents.

The city originally planned on 20,000 citizens, but by 1992, the city had 138,000 people. This has led to many squatter settlements on undeveloped land.


Gaborone City covers an area of 69 km² with an estimated population of over 421,907 people.

Transport in Gaborone City

The city has a

Mayors of Gaborone City

Derek Jones     1966–1968
Grace Dambe  1968–1969
Wellie Seboni  1969–1974
Rosinah Mannathoko  1974–1976
Clement Oliphant        1977
Rosinah Mannathoko 1978
Pelotelele Tlhaodi       1979
Serara Ketlogetswe     1979–1984
Botshabelo Bagwasi   1984
Paul Rantao                 1984–1994
Ginger Ernest              1994
Nelson Ramaotwana   1999–2004
Harry Mothei              2004–2009
Veronica Lesole          2009–2011
Haskins Nkaigwa        2011–present
Attractions in Gaborone City

  • The following are major tourist attractions of Gaborone City
  • Mokolodi Nature Reserve
  • Gaborone Sun
  • Three Chiefs’ Statues
  • Botswanacraft
  • Gaborone Game Reserve
  • Kgale Hill
  • Gaborone Dam
  • Lion Park Resort
  • National Museum
  • Matsieng’s Footprints
  • ISKCON Gaborone
  • Mogonye Gorge

Information on Gaborone city is summarized below;

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Gaborone Museums
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