The night is dark, the stars and moon reflected in the Chobe River behind us. We’re in a boma overlooking the water and the smell of good food mixes with the swirl of smoke from the braai and the sound of marimba music. Food, dust, music and smiling faces – this is the meat and marrow of Botswana.
Precious grew up in Francistown in central Botswana and now lives in the northern town of Kazungula not far from the Chobe National Park. Although she has worked as a bar lady and receptionist, she came to Chobe Game Lodge in 2014 to be a waitress. Here her bubbly personality and bright smile have made her a favourite with the guests.
‘Although I have two left feet I do enjoy grooving to the beat of the marimba whenever we have boma nights,’ said Precious. ‘Visitors are usually shy but with the right encouragement they can’t resist.’ She confessed that dancing feels like she’s floating on air. ‘It makes me happy and I feel very active afterwards.’
But she has her feet firmly on the ground when it comes to what she wants from life. ‘I’ve always wanted to own and run a business. I love selling clothes and I’m a people person, which makes it easier. One day I hope to have my own stall which will turn into a store and maybe even a franchise. I’m a person who dreams big.’
You go, Precious!
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