One of the nicest things about a holiday to Botswana is the opportunity to try out some of the local food and drink. It would be a real pity to travel to this part of the world and not sample the cuisine. The food of Botswana is quite unique, but it does share characteristics with dishes found elsewhere in Southern Africa.
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It might sound a bit disgusting but Mopane worms are a real delicacy in this part of the world. These worms are actually a kind of large edible caterpillar and, according to the local people, it is both delicious and nutritious - albeit an acquired taste. There are a number of dishes that include Mopane worms, including stews and deep fried dishes. Adventurous travellers will certainly want to try this delicacy, and they may be surprised by how much they like it.
Pap is a porridge dish that is made from ground maize. It has a very thick consistency and it is usually held in the hand - it can taste a bit crunchy. Spices and vegetables are added to the pap to make it taste a bit more interesting. This dish can be eaten at almost any time of the day.
Seswaa is only found in Botswana and nowhere else in the world. It is made of lamb, beef, or goat, and it is usually served with pap. The meat is pounded and salt is added. The thing that makes it unique is that the meat tends to be very fatty. This dish is usually prepared by men in Botswana.
Palm wine is very popular in this part of the world. They also like home brewed ginger beer.