Like most African countries, Botswana bases its cuisine on meat and maize. Most Batswana eat their main meal at lunchtime.
Goat is a particularly popular meat, but it also has a tradition of serving up excellent locally reared beef, once the main income source before diamonds became the country’s major commodity. Offal, especially oxtail, was once a dish saved for special occasions but is not eaten frequently in the country’s urban centers. You might be surprised to find freshwater fish features in the local fare served on your Botswana safaris.
Due to the variety grown in the country, pulses are prevalent in Botswana’s cuisine, including cowpeas, ditloo (bambara groundnut), peanuts and letlhodi (China beans).
Go ahead and dream big. Enchanting Travels experts are here to help you plan the ultimate escape. Tell us your vision for the trip of a lifetime and we’ll make it a reality.
One of our destination experts will reach out to craft a completely customized itinerary. Book your personalized journey and know that our flexible policies have you covered.
Relax and prepare for takeoff, knowing that your trip is perfectly planned and you have a personal concierge on call 24/7. Our experts are here to keep you safe and handle the details.
What to eat in Botswana
During one of our Botswana tours, there are some interesting traditional foods you might wish to try:
- Seswaa: the national dish, a meat stew that is served over thick polenta (pap) and often served with leafy greens known as Morogo
- Bogobe: a sorghum porridge, typically eaten for breakfast but also served with meat and vegetables at dinnertime.
- Vetkoek: an unsweetened donut, usually filled with mince.
- Marula: an aromatic and juicy fruit is used in all sorts of sweets, jams and even alcoholic beverages. You might often find the odd elephant wobbling around a marula tree in southern Africa, as the fermented fruit even makes pachyderms tipsy!
- Only for the most adventurous traveler! Mopane worms, a multi-colored caterpillar high in protein and fat, are a traditional food in the country.
Botswana Safari: Your Wildest Dreams
Africa expert Sonja Schröder of Enchanting Travels provides exclusive Africa Travel tips and Botswana Travel information for your introduction to the Okavango Delta and the Kalahari Desert during your Botswana safari.
Discover the top 10 Best Luxury Safari Camps in Botswana!
For a memorable and life-changing trip to Botswana, choosing the best luxury safari camps is key. To help you find the perfect accommodation for your safari, here's our list of top 10.
Wings Over Namibia, Victoria Falls and Botswana
13 Days: $ 13,790 / person
Botswana and Victoria Falls: Safari Magic
7 Days: $ 3,480 / person
Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Botswana Safari Highlights
15 Days: $ 12,490 / person
One of the very best travel experiences I have ever had. We even got updates once at 3 am! He also made one change in one day’s itinerary to accommodate our wishes which was very wonderful. For business, I have traveled to Europe, Russia, all over Asia and South Africa but was blown away by all the beautiful sites in Argentina and Chile.
All the little touches made by our Enchanting Travel consultant, Amelia Edwards, were noticed and recognized by my wife and I. Thank you for making our milestone trip (25th wedding anniversary) such a memorable one! We look forward to engaging Enchanting Travels again for our next South American adventure!!
This was my first adventure as a solo traveler. But while I may have traveled on my own, I was never alone. I was well taken care of by a superb team of planners, trip coordinators, guides and drivers.
Do you have a vacation in mind? Let us help you create the trip of a lifetime.