Food in Botswana

The cuisine of Botswana is unique but also shares some characteristics with other cuisines of Southern Africa. Examples of Setswana food include pap, samp, vetkoek, bogobe and mopane worms. A food unique to Botswana is seswaa, salted mashed-up meat. Watermelons are believed to have originated in Botswana.

Botswanan National Dishes


Seswaa (as the dish is called in the Central District of Botswana) or leswao (as the dish is called in the south of the country) is a traditional meat dish of Botswana, made of beef and goat meat. It is prepared using left over cuts or tough cuts such as legs, neck and back. The dish is normally prepared for ceremonies such as funerals, weddings and national events such as independence celebrations. The meat is boiled until tender in a pot, with “just enough salt,” and pounded. It is often served with pap (maize meal) or mabele(sorghum).

Country Food - Botswana - Seswaa
Country Food – Botswana – Seswaa