Gaborone Destination Information
The Gaborone Heritage Bus Tour allows visitors to experience the places of interest that the nation's capital has to offer. Below you will find additional information on each destination.
The National Museum
You will meet your tour guide here to start your adventure. You will hear a brief history of Botswana. After this, you will board a comfortable air-conditioned van and begin your exploration of Gaborone.
At the Main Mall, you will disembark and make your way into the original centre of Gaborone. After spending a brief time walking among the many stalls selling crafts, local foods, and locally made leather goods and clothing, while hearing local music being sold on CDs, you will sense the relaxed, friendly, social atmosphere of Gaborone.
At the Government Enclave, you will disembark in front of Parliament and The National Assembly. Here you will be introduced to Botswana’s democratic culture and the institutions that have guided the nation for over a half-century of peaceful governance, marked by regular elections. Just in front of parliament you will stroll through a simple but pleasant open space and stop at markers of key moments in the nation’s history, beginning with the statue of Botswana’s first president, Sir Seretse Khama. Khama’s commitment to democracy and non-racialism was fundamental to the independent nation’s constitution and thriving economy.
University of Botswana
On the way to the modern University of Botswana campus, you will pass by a number of public buildings and embassies, the first secondary government school, the nation’s largest referral hospital, the largest mosque in Botswana, and the National Stadium. Botswana’s commitment to education from the inception of independence is highlighted with a walk through the old campus, ending at the new library and the "One-Man, One Beast" statue, which commemorates the national fund-raising campaign to build Botswana’s national university.
At The Village, the remains of a colonial outpost can still be seen. This is where the exciting Thapong Art Centre is located.
Nearby is a whites-only cemetery, containing the graves of several men who died during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902).
At Old Naledi, you will witness Gaborone’s original ‘squatter camp’. This informally-established area exemplifies the steps taken by the city to incorporate such areas and to extend the basic services provided to other areas of the city. After leaving Old Naledi, you will understand why Gaborone does not have any slums.
At Bonnington Farm, you will have a glimpse of an old white-owned farm that was acquired by the Government when it began to build the capital.
Three Dikgosi Monument
At the Three Dikgosi Monument, you will learn about Botswana as a protectorate. The chiefs, Bathoen of the Bangwaketse, Khama III of the Bangwato, and Sebele of the Bakwena, symbolize Botswana’s resistance to white domination. In 1895, they traveled to Great Britain to protest the handover of Botswana's protectorate to Cecil Rhodes’s British South Africa Company, whose brutality in conquering Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) was well known. The Chiefs gained the sympathy of the British public, which was central to the preservation of the protectorate from incorporation into South Africa in the years that followed.
Central Business District
At the new Central Business District, you will have a chance to view the sleek modern office buildings, hotels, and restaurants, that represent the wave of the future of Botswana's capital.