Best Books about Botswana you should read before your trip

Colour Bar: The Triumph of Seretse Khama and His Nation by Susan Williams

The book tells a true story of an extraordinary couple Sir Seretse Khama, the first president of Botswana and his English wife Ruth Williams, whose interracial marriage became an international affair challenged by both  South African and British governments.

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The Old Way: A Story of the First People by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

In 1950’s Elizabeth Marshall Thomas and her family went to live with the Ju/wasi people of the Kalahari Desert region. The book is a fascinating first-hand account of the Bushmen hunter – gatherer way of life and culture.

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Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: True Tales Of A Botswana Safari Guide by Peter Allison

An entertaining and humorous collection of true stories from Safari trips written by an Australian who works as a Safari Guide in Botswana.

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White Dog Fell from the Sky by Eleanor Morse

Set in 1970s, the novel tells a story of a young medical student Isaac Muthethe , who flees Apartheid South Africa, and a white American woman Alice Mendelssohn who lives  in Gaborone, Botswana.  Alice hires Isaac as her gardener .

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Botswana Time by Will Randall

A humorous and at times moving memoir by a British teacher about the time he spent teaching and running the school football team in Kasane, a small town in Botswana. The book is also a beautiful description of Botswana itself.

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No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series of novels by Alexander McCall Smith

Series of  best-selling novels by by Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith  published between 1998 and 2016. After her beloved  father dies, a 34 year old Mma Precious Ramotswe moves to the capital of Botswana, Gaborone and sets up a detective agency. The books should be read in order as each book follows from the previous one.

 
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
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Tears of the Giraffe
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Morality for Beautiful Girls
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The Kalahari Typing School for Men
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The Full Cupboard of Life
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In the Company of Cheerful Ladies
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Blue Shoes and Happiness
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The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
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The Miracle at Speedy Motors
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Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
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The Double Comfort Safari Club
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The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party
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The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection
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The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon
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The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café
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The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine
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Precious and Grace
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