Activity highlights in and around Gaborone include the following:
- City sightseeing tours
- Visual arts and museums
- Shopping, a variety of shopping malls
- Golfing and dam boating activities
- Music, dance, and culture
- The Three Chiefs Monument
- Mokolodi Nature Reserve & Cheetah Conservation Centre
- Bahurutshe Cultural Village excursion
- Cultural Heritage Day trips, to nearby sites
Gaborone's most visible hill – and one of the city's significant landmarks – overlooks Gaborone Dam and Game City mall, providing a beautiful panorama of the city, and in the late afternoon, dramatic African sunsets. Kgale (meaning 'the place that dried up') is popular for fitness fanatics, walkers and picnickers, and has clearly defined routes up and down. Some wildlife still lives in the hills, and the most visible are the typical baboon troupes. The climb takes approximately one hour.
The Gaborone Dam is the primary source of the city's drinking water and is, in a sense, the foundation of Gaborone itself. In a dry region, water is of crucial importance. The fact that a large dam could be successfully created here was a necessary precondition for the city's growth. Located at the southern edge of the city, set among hills and dense bush, the dam is also a popular local resort. Non-motorised water-sports are permitted through the Gaborone Yacht Club, and with bass, bream and barbell attract sport fishing enthusiasts from the local area.