Gaborone is the capital and largest city of Botswana and the city covers an area of 169 square kilometres. Situated in the South-East District of Botswana, the city is home to the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport as well as the Gaborone Dam and the Gaborone Game Reserve. Because the city is close to a fresh water supply and was not controlled by any tribal force at the time, it was decided in the 1960s that Gaborone would become the capital once independence was achieved in 1966. The area was officially founded, and development began in 1964.

Gaborone has a population of 231,626, but this figure is based on the 2011 national census. The surrounding areas include another 190,000 people, bringing the number of people living in the region up to 422,000 people. The city itself makes up 10% of the entire nation's population and the majority of economic and political activity in the country takes place in Gaborone. The population of the area mostly speaks Setswana, or Tswana, although English and native Bantu languages are also common.

The city of Gaborone is home to a variety of attractions such as The Gaborone Dam which is located south of Gaborone and is starting to be marketed and used as a local activity area which contains the Kalahari Fishing Club and a new recreational facility called City Scapes. Also, The Gaborone Game Reserve, Kgale Hill, and The Mokolodi Nature Reserve are also great destinations. English influenced sport such as cricket, rugby, and soccer-football are also prevalent in the nation.

The climate of the area can be classified as a hot semi-arid climate, and throughout most of the year, Gaborone is very sunny. There are an average of 74 days per year with temperatures above 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit). Additionally, on average, there are 196 days per year with temperatures above 26 degrees Celsius (79 degrees Fahrenheit). The coolest month is July with average temperatures of 22.9 degrees Celsius (79 degrees Fahrenheit), and from October-February the temperature average is at, or more than, 32 degrees Celsius (89.6 degrees Fahrenheit plus).

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