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Who needs a restaurant when you could be cooking in the beautiful outdoors of Botswana? They are blessed with great weather and you can Braai virtually every night. The word Braai (rhymes with ‘cry’)is Afrikaans for ‘barbecue’ or ‘roast’. To me it translates as simply delicious. You also get to burn stuff to make your meal. Most grocery stores have all your Braai supplies. That includes firewood. It just doesn’t get any better than this. You have to do all the work, but its well worth it.
Boerewors (a huge sausage of various ingredients and flavours) and some ice cold beers. Alternatively - fresh Kudu (pictured).
Updated Aug 26, 2012
This cafe was en route to Meno a Kwena, we stopped off to pick up a sandwich for lunch.
Unfortunately, our wait which amounted to approx. 45minutes tried our patients and so we left empty handed. Africa time is one thing but when no sandwiches arrived after this period of time and with us being the only customers, we concluded they had gone to make the cheese.
Updated Sep 27, 2008
Nata Lodge is a lovely stopping off point for lunch. A cool ladies bar area to sit in eating a meal from a vast menu. From typical African carnivorous food to salads and sandwiches are amongst the choice.
The setting is relaxing and facilities great.
SADLY, ON THE 25TH SEPTEMBER, THE LODGE WAS BURNT DOWN IN A BUSH FIRE. A TRAGEDY INDEED.
Written Sep 27, 2008
Address: Outside of Francistown.
Chicken Lickin has some good combo meals and side dishes. They are famous for their small chicken sandwiches called “Slyders” that you can pick up in multiples. The ladies that work here are friendly and fast. How good is it? Its ok, its fast food fried chicken. They have lots of locations across Botswana and they stay open a bit later than most. I ate at one very late one night. Delicious, but I hadn’t eaten all day.
By the way, Chicken Licken has a great sense of humour. They were taken to court by KFC because they felt their name was to close to their “Finger licking good” slogan. KFC lost. Then Chicken Licken ran a TV advertisement that had an old guy who looked like Colonel Sanders eating here. They lost that one.
Written May 19, 2008
flooded, ants and monkeys is what i remember about this place. Its part of a safari camp type arrangement and also the stating point of some Chobe National Park adventures. Turned up here for breakfast and was confronted by the rising waters of the Thebe river, monkeys ransacking the place and ants running amuck amongst the mess the monkeys had made. I hadnt laughed so much in a long time. Was the perfect beginning to a wonderful day in Chobe. And the food was fine too.
Favorite Dish: Can't even remember what i ate due to all the other interesting things that where going on.
Updated Aug 6, 2006
Not really a restuarant. But the camp staff laid on a wonderful brunch out in the bush to end our morning safari. In a trip wher great food is commonplace, the setting of these bush meals makes them outstanding. As an added extra we were given a greeting of a local song and dance by the staff, all under the shade of a huge baobob tree
Presumably the local predators are not used to having their food cooked so none seemed to be tempted to come and join us for lunch.
Updated Mar 27, 2006
After we finished our Okavango trip we went to the "town" to find some food. We didn't find anything. The only shop was almost empty. After 30 minutes we found a little tent with bread inside. I don't know why, but I had the feeling somebody put sand in the bread.
Written Feb 26, 2005
One of the most wonderful surprises was the high quality of food in the safari camps we visited (Sandibe, Savute and Nxabega). In the first two, dining was communal, although at Sandibe you were served at your seat, while Savute uses a buffet presentation. At Nxabega, you have options -- to romantically sit together at secluded, set apart tables for two, or at this table with some of the people you've met. As all are basically outdoor settings, candles, lanterns and torches provide lighting. The camp managers and the guides also join you at dinner and conversation always was stimulating in our experience. The ccafrica camps served more game (kudu, springbok, ostrich) dishes, usually with either Malay or African spices. Savute was a bit more European/UK influenced in main dish choices (beef straganoff) , but all three were really top notch...and light breakfast, brunch, morning drive snacks/drinks, poolside/deck drinks, snacks, "tea", sundowner drinks/snacks, dinners are all included.
Favorite Dish: We LOVED the opportunity to try all the wonderful game! Ostrich, kudu and springbok were my favorites. They are very lean and high protein meats. And the tomatoes and squash were fantastic, too. South African red wines are terrific, and your glass is rarely left half full :-)
Written May 31, 2004
Is it a restaurant or is it nightlife.
Whatever it comes under having a gin and tonic sundowner out in the Delta is terrific. The guides have their regular spots to stop fior these - usually near a waterhole or river so you can watch and enjoy.
Written Apr 8, 2004
Address: Any waterhole or riverbank
After a morning's game viewing you come back to camp for a brunch like this. Because you are up really early for the first game drive and have been out having a great time you can build up a healthy appetite and need something pretty substantial to keep you going until 4:00pm when you have tea and cakes before the evening drive.
Photo courtesy of www.wilderness-safaris.co.za
Updated Apr 8, 2004
Address: Jao Camp
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