Eat, Drink, Explore: Gaborone

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Africa is a meat-eating continent, and Botswana is no different. The country’s national meat dish has two names: “seswaa” in the Central District, and “leswao” in the south. Both describe a traditional stew made with goat, beef, chicken, or river fish that is salted and boiled until tender. Enjoy seswaa with pap (maize meal), green peppers, and onions. Dig in!


Gemere (ginger beer) is a non-alcoholic beverage favored in Gaborone, and for good reason. This delicious drink is a refreshing blend of sweet and tart traditionally enjoyed during special gatherings, like weddings, family reunions, and other celebrations. Gemere is slightly fermented and made with water, sugar, cream of tartar, tartaric acid, ground ginger, pineapple, orange, and raisins. You might also find this classic drink infused with other fruits, like strawberries, apples, or berries. Pick your blend and give your taste buds a whirl with a glass of gemere.


The best way to enjoy Botswana’s incredible wildlife in a safe and respectful way (for you and the animals) is to visit the Gaborone Game Reserve. This protected habitat offers visitors an up-close view of rhinos, zebras, ostriches, wildebeests, warthogs, impala, and many other amazing African mammals and birds. Easily accessible from just about any spot in the city, the Gaborone Game Reserve is well worth a visit for a safari and a picnic lunch. Spend a day immersed in Botswana’s renowned wildlife habitat for memories that will last a lifetime.

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