Best Tourist Spots to Visit in Francistown, Botswana

Francistown is the second largest city in Botswana and one of the nicest places you could visit in Africa. This wonderful city is located around 430 km northeast of the national capital, Gaborone and around 90 km away from the border of Botswana and Zimbabwe. Furthermore, it has been placed strategically to offer you the most straightforward access to its several exciting destinations. If you’re planning to go to Botswana, this post is for you.

Here are 7 top tourist places to visit in Francistown:

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7 Top Botswana Tourist Attractions

1. Supa Ngwao Museum: 

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The Supa Ngwao Museum is one of the best tourist places to visit in Francistown, Botswana. Not only does it explains the past of the city of Francistown and Botswana but also with an extensive collection of artefacts, pottery, basketry, musical instruments and other well-preserved objects. It can be found on the New Maun Road. The museum is a must-visit destination to witness the culture of the Kalanga people.

2. Birds and Game Botswana: 

Another widely known tourist attraction to visit in Francistown is Birds and Game Botswana. It is an animal orphanage set up by Uncharted Africa. The owners of Birds and Game Botswana have rescued and cared for animals such as elephants, cheetahs, leopards, crocodiles, snakes, several kinds of birds and others. Apart from this, it is an educational site to learn about geology, ecology and conservation.

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3. Tachila Nature Reserve: 

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Tachila natural reserve is one of the many known Botswana tourist attractions. Tachila is a Kalanga word which means ‘savior of all living things’. The reserve incredibly covers about 8200 hectares and is situated a few kilometers away from the heart of the city. Although it is a natural habitat that provides cultural and archaeological attractions, Tachila Nature Reserve also offers enjoyable game drives at the park. It is a community project which is undoubtedly unique to Francistown and the North East District.

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4. Domboshaba Cultural Festival:

Annually held since 2000 near the Domboshaba Ruins, the Domboshaba Cultural Festival has grown to become one of the most significant cultural events in Botswana. Apart from this, the event is sponsored and promoted by Botswana Tourism. It allows many people to travel from Botswana and Zimbabwe to catch a glimpse into the Kalanga culture. 

5. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Desert:

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You can’t afford to miss a visit to one of the most spectacular tourist places in Francistown, Botswana. The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Desert has a distinct architectural style and is one of the famous religious identities in Francistown. Frequently, it is visited by several devotees all around the year.

6. Domboshaba Hill and Ruins:

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Writing a post on Botswana tourism won’t be complete without us mentioning Domboshaba Hill and Ruins. This place bears some of the most significant historical ruins in Botswana. The site of Domboshaba features hills and ruins of a settlement believed to have existed as a tributary of Great Zimbabwe. In addition, the unique stonework is a must-see in Botswana. Located in North East Botswana along the Masunga-Kalamati Road, be ready to be wowed!

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7. Jamia Masjid:

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Here is one of the most extraordinary tourist places to visit in Francistown, Botswana. The Jamia Masjid is an impressive mosque established for the Muslim population in the city. It can be found at Town Center Residencies, a few hundred meters away from the heart of the town.

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