Top things to do

Landmark in Ntwetwe Pan

Chapman’s Baobab

About 11km further south is the turn-off to the far more impressive Chapman’s Baobab, which has a circumference of 25m and was historically used as a navigation beacon. It may also have been used as an early post of…
International in Maun


This homey place offers a choice of wonderfully earthy meals, including homemade bread, baked potatoes, soups and sandwiches. It’s ideal for vegetarians and anyone sick of greasy sausages and soggy chips. We’re just…
Top Choice African in Gaborone

Courtyard Restaurant

In the garden area out the back of Botswanacraft, this tranquil spot serves up imaginative African cooking (including impala stew and guinea fowl pot) with other local staples making a rare appearance. It also serve…
Cafe in Gaborone

Cafe Dijo

Next door to Kalahari Quilts in the Kgale View Shopping Mall, this classy but casual place is one of our favourite haunts in Gabs. The lunch specials include pepper steak pie, chicken tandoori wraps and light Thai-i…
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, jacket potatoes, fresh fish and great coffee; the outdoor…
Top Choice International in Kasane & Around

Old House

This open-air bar-restaurant close to the riverbank is every bit as good as the guesthouse it inhabits. The menu contains all the usual suspects such as burgers, toasted sandwiches, salads, steaks and pizzas, with f…
Crafts in D’kar

Kuru Art Project

This fabulous art project provides opportunities for local artists to create and sell paintings and other artwork; it’s worth spending an hour or two leafing through the various folios of artworks. It’s well signpos…
International in Gaborone

Bull & Bush Pub

This long-standing Gaborone institution is deservedly popular with expats, tourists and locals alike. Though there’s something on the menu for everyone, the Bull & Bush is renowned for its thick steaks and cold …
Cafe in Gaborone

Equatorial Café

The best espressos in town are served here, along with fruit smoothies, falafel and gourmet sandwiches. It even has real bagels!
Performing Arts in Gaborone

Maitisong Cultural Centre

Maitisong (‘Place of Entertainment’) puts on some excellent shows in its large theatre, with events ranging from Shakespearean plays to Batswana music most weeks. You’d be remiss not to check this spot out if you’re…