26 July, 2008


Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, is often cited as the world's fastest growing city. Named after Kgosi Gaborone - a leader who arrived with his people in this area at the end of the 18th century, Gaborone is a bustling, modern city and the seat of power for one of Africa's most successful economies.

Gabs, as it is affectionately known, lies off Botswana's safari circuit - it's in the more populous and better-watered southwest - and is usually seen as a stopover for self-drives on their way to the Okavango Delta or Chobe National Park.

The city has many busy shopping malls, top hotels and interesting markets. Restaurants are numerous and varied, and night clubs often host live music by local artists. The National Museum is situated near the centre of town and houses important collections of traditional crafts and southern African fine art. goAfrica

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