Life in Botswana

 

Never thought that we would experience so much of Southern Africa when Rahul, my husband, took up a job as Head of Ophthalmology in Scottish Livingstone Hospital in Molepolole , Botswana! It has been more than three wonderful years for me visiting my husband off and on with our daughter  & one wants to keep coming back for more…

Botswana , a landlocked Christian majority country achieved independence on September 30th ,1966. Prior to diamonds being discovered in 1967 ,it was a poor and peripheral British protectorate known as Bechuanaland. Since then with the diamond and beef trade Botswana has become a flourishing African economy. It’s currency Pula (rain)  was established in 1976. Botswana was knocked down by AIDS in 1985, but has slowly moved up again with free medical aid for it’s citizens. It has been a pleasure experiencing this country and it’s neighbours over a period of time.

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The First Lady and the first President of Botswana.

We live in a yard  with other families protected by electrical fencing and two guard dogs (who have now become our house pets )!

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Early morning at the Yard with the moon still setting in the distance.
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The Yard at twilight!

Life in Moleps started with weekend trips to Gabarone -which entailed visits to  Spar, Choppies, @home & our favourites- Cape Union Mart , Botswana Craft ,Square Mart with it’s Food Lovers Market & Kigale Mall thrown in at times.

Got to experience very good food in Rodizio ( awesome meat cuts , grilled Kingklip ) , Ethiopian injera with goat stew in Abyssinia at River Walk Mall. Decent seafood and awesome lemonade at Ocean basket in Airport Junction Mall.

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Grilled Kingklip and more at Rodizio

Have had great wood fired pizzas & gelatos in an open air cafe/nursery called Sanitas near Gabarone dam . Also had similar fare at the Mokolodi Nature Reserve, which is just on the outskirts of Gaborone.

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Mokolodi Nature Reserve

Not to be missed is the Sunday Roast on the last Sunday of the month at Bull and Bush. On the day before this one can enjoy the Farmers’ Market where local farmers sell their fresh produce.

Still have to visit Caravella & Beef Baron!

When in Gabs one could check out the 3 Chiefs at the City Centre   for a perspective of the history of this nation.

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