Botswana food and tipping practices

Safari lodges and camps in Botswana serve an array of internationally recognised food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and dietary requirements can be catered for with ease when given prior notice. Beef and chicken are popular meats eaten locally and served many ways in restaurants and in the dining rooms at lodges, so travellers can expect to enjoy food they know when being catered for in the country.

A traditional dish in Botswana

Local dishes include beef seswaa, bogobe (pap), and morogo, which are eaten throughout Botswana and surrounding countries. Beef seswaa is slow cooked beef (usually fillet), which is then shredded and cooked as a pot stew with an onion and pepper gravy. Bogobe, is ground cornmeal boiled with water and salt until it becomes a porridge-like consistency and is then served as the starch with meat and veg. Bogobe is often accompanied by a tomato and onion relish, or cooked spinach in a dish known as morogo. Meat is also traditionally grilled on open coals, as are large, white mielies (corn on the cob), which are farmed on a small, subsistence level. These are seen often on the roadside where vendors are set up with their grills serving the passing local public. The local beer is a St. Louis, and it goes down a treat!

White mielies (corn) are a Botswana staple

Tipping practice in Botswana can be compared to anywhere else in Africa. A general guideline for tipping servers at restaurants is to add 10% of one’s bill as a gratuity if one feels they received a good standard of service; however, as always, this amount is at the client’s discretion. When it comes to tipping one’s safari guide, a standardised approach is to tip an amount of 10% of the daily rate per person per day, and to pay it directly to one’s guide at the end of the stay. It is encouraged to show gratitude after an excellent safari experience by tipping well in either Pula, or the guest’s home currency. Housekeeping and kitchen staff, as well as back up guides, mokoro pollers, and boat drivers are also eligible for tips and there is often a deposit box for staff tips, while individual tips should be paid to the individuals themselves.


Popular Botswana Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Classic Botswana family safari

Connect as a family while tracking wildlife and incredible…

South Africa and Botswana safari

Experience the best of two of southern Africa's gems

5-day Okavango Delta and Nxai Pan safari

Encounter Botswana's widest range of safari activities and some…

Dhow at andBeyond Benguerra Island

Luxury Okavango Delta and Mozambique Quirimbas Honeymoon

Experience the Okavango Delta and the tropical Indian Ocean…

Botswana and Zimbabwe safari

Experience the best of Africa, from the Okavango Delta – to…

Victoria Falls and Chobe Experience

Experience the smoke that thunders and enjoy spotting elephant,…

Chobe Photographic Weekender Safari

Known for it's prolific game, Chobe National Park is the ideal…

Botswana Photographic Scheduled Safari

Let us take you one the adventure of a lifetime through the…

Campfire

Popular Botswana Safari Through the Delta

Experience the remote wilderness of Botswana on a safari that…

Chobe National Park - Savuti package

If seeing African elephants is on your travel bucket list, then…


You might also like

A luxury Botswana safari

There is no shortage of luxury lodge options in Botswana, as some of the world’s leading travel companies and safari operators have created their masterpieces here. With vast protected areas and landscapes that have been declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites, the environment is…

The cultures of Botswana

Travellers greeting local Batswana will notice that the spoken “dumela rra/mma” (man/woman) is accompanied by a handshake with the right hand while the left hand moves to gently grasp one’s own right forearm. This greeting is commonly shared between local people, and tourists are…

Why go to Botswana?

Botswana’s primary attraction is its vast wilderness. From the endless palm-covered islands of the Okavango Delta, to the moonscape saltpans of the Makgadikgadi region, it’s the perfect destination for anyone seeking pristine, unfenced surroundings. Botswana’s commitment to…