After reading Alexander McCall Smith´s “The Nº 1 Ladies´ detective agency” series, my sister fell in love with Botswana, so we planned a surprised trip for her so she could take it off her bucket list. It wasn´t on mine so I wasn´t overly excited, but friends that had never been to Africa decided to join us and I wanted them to see a different continent than what they knew from watching the news.
Armed with everything we considered necessary for our trip, we set out from Madrid via Dubai to Gaborone (Botswana). We arrived at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport and from that very moment until we left, there was always a warm smile on the face of everyone that we exchanged a Dumela Mma or Dumela Rra with.
Our hotel helped us secure a guide that took us around the city during our stay. Gabo (“G” as he liked us to call him) helped us see Gaborone through his eyes, giving us the kind of background and history one does not find in books of every place he took us to. Contrary to what we had been told before leaving Spain, there is quite a lot to do in Gaborone when visiting for the first time so we tried to go to all the emblematic spots (my only regret is that we were not able to see where the TV series was shot). In Gaborone, you can enjoy nature as well as urban life. We were taken to The National Museum & Art Gallery, The three Dikgosi Monument, University of Botswana, the local market (where we put our bargaining skills acquired in Nigeria to good use), Parliament, visited and climbed Kgale Hill (I still can´t believe I did that!) which offered stunning sights of the surroundings, Gaborone Dam (I recommend you visit in the evening, watching the sunset was beautiful and so romantic), Mokolodi Animal Reserve, Crafts market, Malls (they are really proud of their shopping malls, G took us to almost all of them)…
Most places in Gaborone cater to different palates when it comes to food, but if you like spice, then you will have loads of fun eating there (I had peri peri chicken in different restaurants and can testify to that).
Aside from getting lost on the way down from Kgale Hill, I can safely say that Botswana is a country that should be on everyone´s bucket list, it was an incredible holiday and I can´t recommend it enough.There is just too much to see in Africa so If you are looking for an unforgettable and unique experience, let me know and I´ll hook you up with the contact info I have.