Botswana is not a natural hiking destination due to large expansive landscapes with little relief to create viewpoints. Nevertheless, there are some excellent day-hike destinations in the hills in the south-east of the country, most of which can be done as a day excursion from the capital city. However beautiful, the bush can be harsh, with many acacia thorn trees and other prickly shrubs ready to catch or tear clothing. Long sleeves are a must, and if you are planning to walk in dense bush, protective gloves and even a pair of gardening clippers or other cutting took can be a good idea. May to September is the best time to hike, as days are drier, clearer and warm. Outside these times, it is essential to leave in the early morning, returning before 10 am when the temperature can quickly rise well above 30 Celsius. This can take the fun out of hiking and prove dangerous if you do not carry sufficient water. A global positioning system (GPS) is advantageous. The lack of paths and maps makes a GPS, even if it is just the one on your phone, a good backup if you lose your way. Kgale Hill, located in Gaborone, is ideal for both Hiking and hill climbing.