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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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
Tears of the Giraffe
Morality for Beautiful Girls
The Kalahari Typing School for Men
The Full Cupboard of Life
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies
Blue Shoes and Happiness
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
The Miracle at Speedy Motors
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
The Double Comfort Safari Club
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon
The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café
The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine
Precious and Grace