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Venue and Hotel Information

International Data Week 2018 will take place at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC)

GICC is a landmark building in the capital of Botswana and one of the premier conference destinations in Africa, offering world class and award-winning facilities. It is part of the Grand Palm Resort, collocated with a casino and the Peermont Metcourt and Peermont Walmont Hotels.

The Grand Palm is located at: 

Plot 17989
Bonnington Farm,
Molepolole Road,

Reservation Codes for the two Peermont Hotels on the GICC Site

The hosts have negotiated reservation codes for the Peermont hotels on the GICC site.

  • - For the Peermont Walmont, next to the venue, for standard rooms with bed and breakfast, for 1670 BWP, the block code is UNI031188.
  • - For the Peermont Metcourt, at two minutes walk from the venue, for standard rooms with bed and breakfast, for 1005 BWP, the block code is UNI030818.

The venue is 12km away from the city centre and a 20 minute drive from the Sir Seretse Khama International airport

Shuttles from the main Gaborone Hotels to the Conference Venue

For those staying at other locations, shuttles will be provided morning and evening between the three other main hotels and the conference venue.

The hotels service by the shuttle are marked on the Google map. They are:

Delegates not staying at The Grand Palm have a variety of options within a short distance from the venue. Budget hotels begin at USD 45 - USD 80; mid- range hotels are priced between USD 90 – USD 120, and top end hotels range from USD 120 to USD 200. 



Reference Price

Tlotlo hotel and Conference center

6.4 km


Masa Lansmore Hotel

3.8 km  


Phakalane Golf Estate Hotel Resort

18.2 km


Cresta President Hotel

5.7 km


Avani Gaborone Resort& Casino

7.8 km


Gaborone Hotel

5.7 km


Indaba Lodge

7.6 km


Peermont Mondior

8.5 km


Oasis Motel

10.2 km



4.2 km


Hotel Labama

2.4 km


Cresta Lodge Gaborone hotel

7.4 km


Regent Select lodge

7.4 km


Acquarian Tide Hotel

8.8 km


Public Transport

Public transport within Gaborone is somewhat limited. Licensed taxis are identified by their number plates, which have a blue background. These are usually shared and carry up to five passengers. Minibus taxis are also available and usually travel a specific route, and pass through the station or mall. These are easily hailed and passengers usually tell the driver to stop when they want to get off. There are also train services between Gaborone and Francistown and Gaborone and Lobatse. Four-wheel drive cars are a popular choice for exploring outside of the city and Gaborone has several car rental agencies. Gaborone's roads are tarred and usually in good condition, but drivers have to be on the lookout for stray animals.

Read more on Gaborone attractions as well as health, climate and travel tips. 

Airline Information

Ethiopian Airlines has been appointed and recognized as the official airline carrier for IDW participants who will be departing from any Ethiopian airline cities to Gaborone. Ethiopian Airlines will provide discounts as follows:

- Business Class – 15% discount
- Economy Class – 12% discount

These discounts do not apply to promotional fares. The IDW Local Organizing Committee therefore recommends Ethiopian Airline services to all its affiliates and participants for their travel to and from Addis Ababa. Visit their website at and apply the promo code "IDW18".

Visa Information

Most country nationals require a passport valid for at least six months from date of arrival, but do not require a visa for stays up to 90 days. To view Visa requirements by country, visit