If you’re looking for somewhere to take the family this weekend, why not try out the Botswana Consumer Fair based at Fairgrounds?
Running 9am – 6pm until Sunday, it boasts fairground rides, stalls and entertainment for the whole family.
We were lucky enough to find parking outside the grounds, otherwise it’s P65 per car. The area was well served by taxis though. We were charged P60 entrance per adult and children P45, although they didn’t charge us for the toddlers and baby…..I’m not sure if this is their policy or we just got lucky at the gates!
The event slogan is “It’s more than just shopping” which is what we found as we were thoroughly entertained for the afternoon.
The stalls were diverse, interesting and informative with something for everyone! It’s a great place to explore new products, network if you are in business or just celebrate what Botswana has on offer.
We found the Botswana Society for the Deaf to be warm and friendly and eager to share their knowledge of sign language.
My son was thrilled with the fire engines on display and bizarrely, my daughter’s highlight was having her shoes cleaned by a lovely man who wanted to demonstrate his cleaning products. It just goes to show, children can find the fun and enjoyment in so many things!
If you want to grab a bite to eat, Holy Cross Hospice were serving food to raise money for their fantastic charity and there was no shortage of food and snack vendors.
There is a great choice of rides that will set you back between P10-50 per ride. We sampled the train ride and the ‘traffic jam’ ride but I had enough adrenaline just watching some of the bigger attractions! Go carts, zorbing, inflatable slides, face painting and other fairground attractions were just some of the activities on offer.
One of the more unique attractions to the fair is the presence of camels who are visiting Gaborone from Tsabong Eco-tourism Camel Park. For P50, one of the guides will take you on a walk around the grounds where you can get quite a view atop of one of these majestic animals!
The entertainment scene seemed to be rich with talent and we saw great performers, joined in with some impromptu dancing and heard songs and poems with a message at the health/charity area.
We saw so many more attractions being set up for the weekend and I think they are preparing for a well attended event this year. It’s definitely something different for a family day out!
I think we missed the camels, but that does sound like a unique experience. Those manning the Embassy of Japan booth are very friendly and even took time to teach my daughter a bit of oragami!