Shopping in Botswana

  • Shopping in Greater Gaborone

    Lentswe-la-Oodi Weavers

    The village of Oodi is best known for the acclaimed Lentswe-la-Oodi Weavers, a cooperative established in 1973 to provide an economic base for women from Oodi, Matebeleng and Modipane. At the workshop, wool is hand-spun then dyed using chemicals over an open fire (which creates more than 600 colours) and finally woven into spontaneous patterns invented by individual artists.

  • Shopping in Gaborone

    Kalahari Quilts

    These stunning quilts are made by Batswana women, overseen by the engaging Jenny Healy, and are a unique craft to take home. Each one bears an individual imprint, although all do a good job at capturing the primary-colour-heavy palette that is Botswana’s sensory assault.

  • Shopping in Ghanzi

    Gantsi Craft

    This cooperative was established in 1983 as a craft outlet and training centre for the San. It’s an excellent place to shop for traditional San crafts, including hand-dyed textiles, decorated bags, leather aprons, bows and arrows, musical instruments and woven mats. Prices are 30% to 50% lower than in Maun or Gaborone.

  • Shopping in Gaborone

    Botswanacraft

    Botswana’s largest and best craft emporium sells traditional souvenirs, including pottery from Gabane and Thamaga, San jewellery and baskets from across the country, at fixed prices. It also has books, jewellery, carvings and textiles, but most of these are from elsewhere in Africa, from Mali to the Congo. There’s also the good on-site Courtyard Restaurant.

  • Shopping in Gabane

    Pelegano Village

    Pelegano Village, established in 1982, is a wonderful artisan complex that offers local crafts such as hand-fired ceramics and wine bottles recycled into dinner glasses. Run by the women of Gabane, who are often the only breadwinners in their families, this is small-scale rural development at its best. They may even let you try your hand at the potters' wheel.

  • Shopping in Maun

    African Arts & Images

    Next to the Bushman Craft Shop on the road near the airport terminal, this upmarket shop has an impressive range of books about Botswana and high-quality photographic prints by owner June Liversedge.

  • Shopping in Gaborone

    Exclusive Books

    Easily Gaborone’s best bookshop, this large outpost of a respected South African chain has literature, nonfiction and travel books, with excellent sections focused on Africa.

  • Shopping in Thamaga

    Botswelelo Centre

    Thamaga is home to the Botswelelo Centre, which is also known as Thamaga Pottery. This nonprofit community project was started by missionaries in the 1970s and now sells a wide range of creations for good prices.

  • Shopping in Shorobe

    Shorobe Baskets Cooperative

    This cooperative draws together around 70 local women who produce Ngamiland-style baskets with beautiful and elaborate patterns. It’s right next to the main road through town and signposted. If it’s closed, ask around (at the nearby shop, for example) and someone should be able to track down the key.

  • Shopping in Kasane

    Chobe Women’s Arts & Crafts

    This NGO-backed store sells locally woven baskets made by the women of the region. The women are often present, and are happy to demonstrate their weaving techniques. You'll find it next to the Caracal Biodiversity Centre.

  • Shopping in Maun

    Bushman Craft Shop

    Although it caters more to travellers who need a last-minute souvenir before catching a flight out of town, this small shop near the airport has a decent range of books, textiles and woodcarvings.

  • Shopping in Gaborone

    Thapong Visual Arts Centre

    A small gallery of modern and contemporary local work that should be a first stop for anyone interested in buying art that goes beyond the usual African wildlife stuff and wooden masks.

  • Shopping in Gaborone

    Riverwalk Mall

    Perhaps the best of Gaborone's Western-style malls, with a good range of restaurants and shops, including Exclusive Books.

  • Shopping in Kasane

    African Easel Art Gallery

    An upmarket gallery exhibiting purchasable work by artists from Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as woodcarvings from around the continent.

  • Shopping in Gaborone

    Botswana Book Centre

    You wouldn’t cross town for it, and like the Mall it inhabits it has a neglected air, but this bookshop is worth dropping into for its excellent range of international magazines and South African newspapers. Otherwise, it's mostly stationery, religious books and school textbooks.

  • Shopping in Kasane

    Kingfisher Trading Co

    A simple shop selling African curios at fixed (though reasonable) prices, as well as fishing gear and a small selection of wildlife books.

  • Shopping in Gaborone

    African Mall

    One of numerous Western-style shopping malls scattered around the suburbs of Gabs.

  • Shopping in Francistown

    Nswazwi Mall

    One of Francistown's larger shopping malls.