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