Information & Facts
The climate of Gaborone is semi-arid, meaning it is hot and dry
for most of the year. There is little distinction between average
summer and winter temperatures, although in winter months it can be
chilly at night. Rain is erratic, but falls mostly in summer in
heavy localised downpours that are followed quickly by a return of
strong sunshine. Summers are extremely hot with high humidity in
the mornings. The best time to visit Gaborone is during spring or
autumn when the weather is warm and dry.
Public transport within Gaborone is somewhat limited. Licensed
taxis are identified by their number plates, which have a blue
background. These are usually shared and carry up to five
passengers. Minibus taxis are also available and usually travel a
specific route, usually circular, and pass through the station or
mall. These are easily hailed and passengers usually tell the
driver to stop when they want to get off. There are also train
services between Gaborone and Francistown and Gaborone and Lobatse.
Four-wheel drives are a popular choice for exploring outside of the
city and Gaborone has several car rental agencies. Gaborone's roads
are tarred and usually in good condition, but drivers have to be on
the look out for stray animals.
English is the official language but Setswana is widely
The unit of currency is the Botswana Pula (BWP), which is
divided into 100 Thebe. The word 'Pula' means rain and 'Thebe'
means shield. The shield appears on the national coat of arms.
Major credit cards are widely accepted, and travellers cheques and
foreign currency are accepted at most large hotels and lodges.
There are banks and exchange bureaux in all the main towns, as well
as ATM machines. Surcharges are often high on travellers cheques,
and it is best to carry cheques in US Dollars or Pounds