Why It's Worth It

Botswana’s gateway to the wild, Gaborone is a tranquil, unassuming place. It’s also one of southern Africa’s safest, more agreeable cities, appealing to first-time visitors to Africa as much as seasoned travelers with its varied restaurants, good shopping, and otherwise gentle introduction to the country. Best of all, it stands on the cusp of the Kalahari, one of the continent’s most stirring wildlife and wilderness destinations. —Anthony Ham