Visitors to Botswana can partake of both local and foreign cuisines, whatever suits the moment’s taste. For picky diners, restaurants found in urban commercial areas serve international menus such as the regular Western, Indian or Chinese and also have fast food stores such as McDonald’s, KFC. For the more gastronomically adventurous, there are many local fares to be found.
Since Botswana is landlocked, seafood is uncommon except for fish caught in the river or delta. However, the country exports high-quality beef, which features much in the local cuisine, followed by goat meat in popularity. Mutton and chicken are also present in sizeable amounts and are both incorporated in the Batswana’s diet.
There are many local meat dishes in Botswana, a popular example of which is Seswaa or Chotlho, meat softened in boiling water with salt added as the only other ingredient. Another well-known dish is the Serobe, with intestines and other internal organs of goat, sheep or cow. In addition, there is a porridge called Bogobe, made from slowly cooked paste of millet, maize or sorghum flour. The dish can be part of main meals when consumed with meat and vegetables
While Botswana has international alcoholic and soft drink brands, local drinks and traditional brews still exist. Chibuku is a leading brand for opaque beer, favored by lower economic brackets. Richer classes favor clear beers such as the South African Lion and Castle brands. Soft drinks found in Botswana include international brands such as Coca Cola and the South African juice brands.