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Arts & Crafts 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...

Arts & Crafts 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...

Arts & Crafts 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...

Arts & Crafts in Gaborone


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,...

Arts & Crafts 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...

Arts & Crafts 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.

Books 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.

Arts & Crafts 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.

Arts & Crafts 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...

Arts & Crafts 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...

Arts & Crafts 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.

Arts & Crafts 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.

Mall in Gaborone

Riverwalk Mall

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

Arts & Crafts 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.

Books 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....

Arts & Crafts 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.

Mall in Gaborone

African Mall

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