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Description and history

The capital city of Botswana has grown rapidly from its humble beginnings at independence to its current status as a thriving, modern city. Despite its small size (population of around 230,000) Gaborone has all the facilities that you would expect in a modern city from hotels to banks and shopping malls. Once described as the fastest growing city in the world, it saw rapid development in a three year period around independence and Gaborone's central business district now has some impressive buildings.

Gaborone has good links with South Africa via air, rail and road - the closest road border is only 15km away at Tlokweng.

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As is to be expected there are numerous shopping malls, hotels and restaurants in Gaborone all with a good variety of shops ranging including most of the well known large retail outlets.

The National Museum and Gallery near the city centre is worth a visit - there are a number of good displays on the history of Botswana and its wildlife.  

Mokolodi Game Reserve, just outside Gaborone on the Lobatse road, can be good for wildlife although unfortunately they only offer guided game drives. There is a Cheetah research station here where you can get up close and personal with the resident orphaned Cheetah.

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