After long days of sight-seeing in the city, visitors can turn to a more relaxing but equally thrilling activity – shopping. Botswana can be a buzzing, fun place to shop, with the usual necessities as well as exotic goods that mirror the uniqueness of life in the country. Shops’ business hours usually range from 08:00 to 18:00 on weekdays and 08:30 to 13:00 on Saturday while Sunday is usually set as a rest day.
Fairly everything from daily necessities like grocery items to more peculiar products like carved bone and wood, jewelry, baskets, woven clothes and other native crafts can be found in Gaborone malls, considered as the main shopping area in the country. The Main Mall was built before most malls but is still popular with its selection of locally made goods as well as mall services such as banks and business service offices. The nearby African Mall offers a comparable atmosphere while the newer Game City, near Kgale Hills, has the most shopping traffic with its grocery stores, movie houses and department stores. Riverwalk Mall, situated by the banks of Notwane River, is for those who wish to shop and dine out with a wide selection of food stores and restaurants, even featuring Brazilian, Asian, Italian and Portuguese cuisines; while Fairground Shopping Mall, also called Dada’s Mall is for visitors who want to go shopping for clothes and furniture. Outside Gaborone, there is only one large mall – the Galo Shopping Mall in Francistown. However, there is a multitude of gift shops for tourists scattered in other towns such as Maun and Kasane and visitors can try their bargaining luck in smaller towns where perhaps something extraordinary can be found.