Amongst the most distinctive attractions in Gaborone, the capital city of Botswana, the Three Dikgosi Monument remembers three tribal leaders who played an important part in the nation’s history. Read on to discover the story behind the monument and what to expect on your visit.
The monument is conveniently located in the city’s Central Business District, so reaching it will not be a problem. It can be found near the CBD Police Post and the High Court building while being only around a 10-minute drive or taxi ride from properties like Avani Gaborone Resort & Casino; such properties make an ideal base for your sightseeing adventures since there are many other attractions to take in as well (more on these at the end!).
A Bit of History
Before visiting this site from one of the close by hotels in Gaborone, one should have an idea of what the monument represents. It features the statues of three tribal chiefs, namely Bathoen I, Sebele I and Khama III who in 1885 travelled to Britain to seek an audience with the Queen.
Their mission was to plead their case that Botswana (then Bechuanaland) should not be incorporated into the British South Africa Company which was seen as being more exploitative. The result of their visit was that the country continued to be a protectorate of Britain till 1965 when it gained its independence.
Three Towering Statues
When you arrive at the Three Dikgosi Monument, you will see three bronze statues reaching a height of 18 feet, each depicting one of the tribal chiefs; you will find their names here along with plaques offering details on their achievements. Interestingly, at this attraction, you will also find panels with carvings that showcase Botswana’s national virtues; these include Endurance (‘Boitshoko’), Protection (‘Tshireletso’), Heroism (‘Bogaka’), Independence (‘Boipuso’) and Refuge (‘Botshabelo’).
Other Sites to See
Of course, there are plenty more things to do in Gaborone apart from visiting this monument so ensure you make time for other popular sites of interest too. For insights into Botswana’s history, culture, and artistic heritage, head to the National Museum and Art Gallery, while if it’s retail therapy you want, the Riverwalk Mall is not to be missed. Also of note is Botswanacraft, the city’s largest handcraft centre and the Gaborone Game Reserve which offers unforgettable wildlife encounters.