Tim Race of Africa Insight was our guide for this half-day tour. We met him at the Cafe dijo, and with lattes in hand, we boarded his stretch Land Rover.
Our first stop was the Three Dikgosi (Chiefs) Monument. Not a location from the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books. Rather a fascinating primer on the history of Bechuanaland, renamed Botswana upon independence in 1966.
From there we toured a variety of places referred to in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books. The corner house on Zebra Way (Zebra Road in the books), where Mma Ramotswe lived. Fictionally of course. The University of Botswana, where Mma Ramotswe had a number of cases that involved students and staff. The Notwane river, a scene in a case where a man was killed by a crocodile while being baptised. The Village, where Mr. JLB Matekoni lived. The car yard and workshop that was the model for Speedy Motors.
At each location Tim brought the characters from the books alive with tales of the real-life people after whom those characters were modelled. The tour was very interactive too, with Tim asking questions to check our knowledge of the stories and characters in the books.
We ended a fascinating and very enjoyable half-day with lunch at Cafe dijo.
A highly recommended activity when you visit Gaborone. And you don't have to be a Mma Ramotswe fan to enjoy this tour.
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