Described as the “Capital of the North”, Francistown is located at the confluence of the rivers Inchwe and Tati. It was once the center of southern Africa’s first gold rush. However, you should not think of it as the City Of Abandoned Gold Mines.
It is your starting point for heading out to various Botswana National Parks, the Chobe Game Reserve, Okavango Swamps, Makgadigadi Pans, and Central Kalahari.
Start your visit at one of the two famous ‘oases’ of Francistown. Visit the Kuminda Farm known for its hospitality, fresh food, and great cultural experience. It is situated in a quiet lush surrounding; it brings the aardvarks, culture, and tradition specific to the region. The second ‘oasis’, the Thorn Tree is a sophisticated urban space at the northern end of Francistown. It’s a great place for relaxation and tasty food.
If you are visiting Botswana to witness its diverse wildlife, then you will find many things to do in Francistown. Just like all other areas of the country, this city offers come spectacular wildlife safaris and tours. But what sets this city apart from the rest is its history as a gold rush state of Africa. One of the best things to do in Francistown is visiting the old gold mines and industries that were abandoned quite long ago. If you are an adventure seeker, then you will have plenty to enjoy in this city. Due to the location of this city next to the Okavango Delta, it has become a tourist hotspot for wildlife safari and game tours. These humungous inland deltas attract many wild animals and birds that serve as the main tourist attraction of this city. Make sure you head to the Moremi Game Reserve, which is one of the most thrilling things to do in Francistown. This wildlife sanctuary is the best in Africa and offers visitors a peek into the wild world. Not exactly located within the town, it will take a few hours to reach the site by car. Be sure to head to this reserve to witness elephants, hyenas, buffalos, cheetahs, lions, jackals, white rhinos, and giraffes.
Places to visit in Francistown
Next, you can visit the well-preserved natural habitat of the Tachila Nature Reserve, home to various projects that offer natural, historical, archeological, and cultural attractions unique to the North East District. Here, you will come across naturally occurring wildlife, ranging from kudus, impalas, and steenbok, to rhinos, giraffes, and eland.
Additionally, if you’re looking for some relaxing fun, the Marang Casino in downtown is a place that offers good food and a lot of slot machines.
When in the reserve, you will also witness the African wild dogs wearing research collars. The reason that all these fogs are wearing a collar is that they are listed as endangered species with only a few left in Africa. If you are visiting Botswana with your family, then you will find plenty of places to visit in Francistown including its amazing picnic spots. While camping within the reserve, you will get to live alongside wild animals. And if you head into the wild with a guide or a reserve guard, you will get a chance to see lions, giraffes, elephants, and hyenas up-close. There are many more impressive places to visit in Francistown including the Chief’s Island, Khwai River, Third Bridge, and the Xakanaxa Lagoon. If you are a history enthusiast, then you should keep the Supa-Ngwao Museum on top of your list of things to do in Francistown. This museum features interesting displays and artifacts from the past. The museum itself is housed in a 100 year old building that was initially a government camp. If you are in search of entertainment, you will find many things to do in Francistown including a visit to the Savanna, Spur Steak Ranch, and the Spar Supermarket.