Best Tourist Places in Lobatse, Botswana, South Africa, Africa

Best Tourist Places in Lobatse, Botswana, South Africa, Africa

Lobatse is a town in the south-eastern part of Botswana located around 1,180 meters above sea level. It is situated near the border of South Africa with Botswana, around 70 km south-southwest of the national capital, Gaborone and 290 km northwest of the South African city, Johannesburg.

Lobatse is one of the important cities of Botswana as housing the High Court of Botswana, the Botswana Meat Commission, the Lobatse Mental Hospital and a recognized private employer, FLO-TEK Pipes and Irrigation and many other prominent government and private organizations. Lobatse is geographically positioned at 25°13′ S 25°40′ E.


History of Lobatse:

According to the archeological history, The Bakgwaketse people were the original inhabitants of Lobatse. Along with the other parts of Botswana, until the independence of Botswana in 1966, Lobatse was the part of the British’s Protectorate of Bechuanaland. Following the independence, Gaborone became the capital of Botswana, and Lobatse was deserved to house the judicial system of the country, The High Court of Botswana.


How to reach Lobatse?

Lobatse hosts an airport but flights are not scheduled, so it would be better if one reach airport in Gaborone and then take taxi or bus from there to Lobatse. The Gaborone Airport (around 85 km from Lobatse) covers the capitals of the all the prime African countries including South Africa.

To move within the town, to reach airport and tourist destinations, visitors can hire rental vehicles like car and bike from the local travel agency.


Shopping and Food in Lobatse:

Lobatse houses a limited number of modernized shops and restaurants and those who want to enjoy memorable shopping experience and to have mouthwatering traditional cuisine can drive towards nearby city, Gaborone (around 75 km).


Things to do in Lobatse:

  • City tours
  • Walking
  • Shopping


Places of interest in Lobatse:


The High Court of Botswana:

The High Court of Botswana is one of the important courts of Botswana and it has two divisions, the major one is in Lobatse itself and other one is in Francistown. The court building is great to see.


Thapong Visual Arts Centre:

Located in Gaborone, around km away from Lobatse, the Thapong Visual Arts Centre is a renowned cultural centre featuring an art gallery and studios showcasing the talents of local artists. Admission is free.


Camelot Spa:

The Camelot Spa in Grand Palm Hotel is a recently opened spa at Gaborone, offering all kinds of latest treatments, including pedicure at P350 and Manicure at P200. It can be reached by a rental vehicle from Lobatse.


Kgale Hill:

Being one of the largest hills of Botswana, Kgale Hill is one of the favorite spots of adventure sports lovers in Botswana. It can be explored best between 16:00 and 18:00 from Monday-Friday. No entrance fee.



Mokolodi is a game reserve in Gaborone, around 75 km away from Lobatse. Visitors can enjoy a two-hour game drive here while giraffe, wart hogs, zebra, elephant, hippo and baboons can be seen. Guide is provided.


List of other places of interest in and around Lobatse include:

  • Hare Krishna Temple
  • National Museum and Art Gallery
  • Gaborone Dam
  • Gaborone Game Reserve
  • Gaborone Stables
  • BTC hill
  • Mmopane Hill
  • New Capital Cinema
  • Gaborone Film Club
  • Otse Village
  • Gaborone Cycling Club
  • Alliance Française de Gaborone


Best time to visit Lobatse:

The best time to visit Lobatse is from November to February while the weather remains pleasant, supportive for outdoor activities.


Accommodation options in and around Lobatse:

There are a limited number of hotels in Lobatse, so it is advised for visitors to book hotels well in advance through online and also suggested to refer hotels of Gaborone (around 75 km from Lobatse). The famous hotels in Lobatse and Gaborone are listed below:

  • Swinburn’s Rest
  • Phuduhudu
  • Mankwe Bush Lodge
  • Lansmore Masa Square
  • Peermont Walmont at The Grand Palm
  • Cresta Mahalapye
  • Kgale View Lodge
  • Gabarone Hotel & Casino
  • Lansmore Masa Square
  • Peermont Metcourt
  • Gaborone Sun Hotel
  • Falcon Crest Suites
  • Peermont Mondior Gaborone
  • Tlotlo Hotel and Conference Center

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