Retail Therapy in Botswana
There once was a time when shoppers from Botswana would flock to South Africa for decent shops with a variety of choices and one thing that Botswana was lacking: shopping malls. Those days are fading fast as the rapidly improving retail sector in Botswana brings good news for retailers and shoppers alike. The tables are now starting to turn as neighbouring countries head to Gaborone to take advantage of the malls and shops, with world class local and international shops, designers and products to choose from.
The first ever mall in Botswana was built on the banks of the Notwane River and appropriately named Riverwalk Mall. It is still as popular today as when it first opened and a the variety of outlets and services available means you can do everything you need to do under one roof, from banking to shopping, food and entertainment.
Game City is the biggest mall in Gaborone, covering an impressive 51 000 square meters. It has been a favorite for the locals for over a decade and has plans to further tap into the growing retail sector by expanding and improving even more. Currently, shoppers can enjoy an impressive variety of local and international shops, entertainment venues and restaurants in a stylish setting.
Another two malls that have opened in the last ten years in Gaborone are Rail Park Mall and Airport Junction Shopping Centre. Rail Park Mall is next to the railway station and offers a range of services and facilities for those visiting the area. Airport Junction Shopping Centre is located, you might have guessed, near Sir Seretse Khama International Airport and offers a convenient assortment of supermarkets, department stores and a food court.
All the malls in Gaborone offer a superb choice of clothing stores, both international and local. Even with the influx of international brands, traditional Botswana fashion and designers are still on top of the fashion market. Local designers combine traditional styles with contemporary fashion, creating a unique pattern and design which tourists and locals can’t get enough of. Designs inspired by traditional Botswana dress, with clashing colours and accented silhouettes are appearing on catwalks around the world with Botswana designers, such as fashion house iZaura, excelling in the industry.
Botswana is a destination that checks many things off a tourist’s wish list and a unique shopping experience combining modern with traditional, local with international and the contemporary with style can now be checked off that list too.
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