Notes on the Geography of Botswana: Gaborone: Photo 13
Half a dozen years after the creation of Fort Gaborones (or Gaberones, as it was often spelled), the railroad to Rhodesia was pushed through in record time, taking two years to reach Bulawayo from Mafikeng, over 400 miles away. The line skirted the southern edge of Bechanaland, which had (and has) no other railroads. Any capital chosen for the independent country would likely be along the line, and so it proved to be.
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