Top things to do in Eastern Botswana

Top Choice International in Francistown

Barbara’s Bistro

Located in the town's eastern outskirts in the sports club, this leafy spot is a fabulous choice. Barbara, the German owner, is a charismatic host and loves nothing better than to sit down and run through the specia…
Top Choice Cafe in Francistown

Thorn Tree

An oasis of sophistication at the northern end of Francistown, Thorn Tree (no relation to Lonely Planet’s famous online bulletin board) does burgers, salads, pizza, pasta, jacket potatoes, fresh fish and great coffe…
Wildlife Reserve in Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Khama Rhino Sanctuary

With the rhinos all but disappeared from Botswana, Serowe's residents banded together in the early 1990s to establish the 43-sq-km Khama Rhino Sanctuary. Today the sanctuary protects 30 white and four black rhinos –…
Ruins in Tswapong Hills

Old Palapye (Phalatswe)

About 20km southeast of Palapye, amid low-lying scrub, thinly scattered stone walls mark the site of the former Bangwato capital. Spread over a large area and signposted along the main track, stone walls denote the …
Canyon in Tswapong Hills

Moremi Gorge

The approach to steep-walled Moremi Gorge gives little hint of what lies ahead. Once within the site, with its sheer beauty and abundant birdlife (with Cape vultures wheeling overhead or perched at their nesting sit…
Canyon in Tswapong Hills

Motetane Gorge

The walls of the Tswapong Hills are riven with deep canyons, and the east–west Motetane Gorge is the prettiest of them. The turn-off to the gorge is well signposted en route to the church of Old Palapye and trails l…
International in Francistown


This place, upstairs in the Village Mall, serves up the town’s best flame-grilled steaks, but it also does fish and chips; watch out for the daily specials. The bar is one of the few expat haunts in town.
Cemetery in Serowe

Royal Cemetery

Before leaving Serowe, hike to the top of Thathaganyana Hill, where you’ll find the Royal Cemetery, which contains the grave of Sir Seretse Khama, the founding father of modern Botswana, and Khama III; the latter is…
Museum in Serowe

Khama III Memorial Museum

The Khama III Memorial Museum outlines the history of the Khama family, one of the most important dynasties in Southern Africa. The museum includes the personal effects of Chief Khama III and his descendants, as wel…
Museum in Francistown

Supa-Ngwao Museum

Housed in the 100-year-old Government Camp, the Supa-Ngwao Museum includes a prison and a police canteen, and has moderately interesting small displays about local and regional culture and history (supa-ngwao means …