I'm going back to Gaborone for work next month, with a little stopover in Cape Town, and there may be a little shopping involved. Hell, there may be a LOT of shopping involved, despite going into credit card debt to pay for the airline tickets.
On my last visit to Botswana, I was heavily pregnant (Seriously. Like, 35 weeks pregnant), and it was just too hot for me to go wandering around the extensions looking for fabric stores. Luckily, everyone treated me as if I were in some kind of delicate condition, and took care of me like their own daughter. Also, the hotel I was staying at was right next to the maternity hospital, and this being my second baby, I wasn't too worried about anything going awry. What's the worst that could happen? Have a baby in a foreign hospital, staffed with wonderful midwives I had already met over dinner and Ethiopian coffee ceremony, and come home with a great story. Oh yeah, and a new family member.
|I did a lot of this|
|Me with my much more stylishly dressed colleagues at UB|
This time around, however, I'll have one less person living in my skin, and I'll have my porters (A.K.A. my man and my son) along to carry the shopping bags. Heh.
I know some great fabric stores in Cape Town, and I'll list them below for anyone planning a visit, but I'm at a loss for Botswana. Even the shopping reference website Dumela Gaborone says "ask around". Well, that was helpful. This may be a shot in the dark, but does anyone have any recommendations? I've heard "try Old Lobatse Road", but that's a pretty long road if you don't have a car. Similarly, "try Broadhurst", but that's like saying, "try lower Manhattan".
Maybe a car rental is in order. We were planning to hire one for the days we'll stay on the game reserve, but maybe it can do double duty as a fabric hunting vehicle.
Fabric Stores in Cape Town that I know about:
Mnandi Textile and Design, 90 Station Road.
Fabric city, 32 Sir Lowry Road
Lowry Fabrics, 38 Sir Lowry road
There were a few other stores in this stretch of Sir Lowry Road, but I didn't visit them. There are also several wholesalers in the Woodstock / Mowbray area, but they seemed to be shutting down. Several I heard about had already closed by the time I got there. Moved to India, apparently.