Jazzy Nights At Caravela


In a city that has a variety of eateries and lifestyle events on weekends, an inviting atmosphere of live music is often lacking to wash away the rust of a long week. In light of this, Caravela Portuguese Restaurant decided to offer something a little more refined – dinner and jazz. Hosting the sublime sounds of Gaborone Jazz Collective once a month, Caravela is the quintessential place for a date night, some time out with friends and even lone outings.

Tucked in a quiet neighborhood in Extension 4 Gaborone, the restaurant blends well an indoor and outdoor dining experience. It has been hosting the jazz nights for a few years now, yet the feel is always surprisingly different. The restaurant is owned by couple James and Susan Witham.

An array of classics such as John Coltrane’s Equinox to Miriam Makeba’s Meadowlands wafted through the airy restaurant that resembles a beautiful grove. The scenery is more than enchanting- fairy lights draped on trees and sheltered roofing, modernist chairs and tables inside the restaurant while the outdoor setup merges with the greenery in the garden, and murals of coastlines and fishing boats adorn the walls of the restaurant. Diners sit at dimly lit tables while soaking in the mellow jazzy sounds that comprise of both covers and originals.

The menu gives one a taste of delectable Portuguese cuisine. Distinct robust flavours, plenty sea food options, a range of pasta dishes and a heavy accent of your typical aromatic smells such as garlic, olive oil, oregano and coriander. I personally enjoyed the dish I was served; buttered fish and grilled fish served with a side of mash. Drink options include wine, sangrias and others.

Gaborone Jazz Collective comprises of Andrew Chinganga on saxophone, Dale Eley on bass, Bonolo Mogotsi on piano, Zakes Gwaze on guitar and Enock Ndewe on drums. On this particular night, a wonderful impromptu performance by the legendary Banjo Mosele and local jazz musician Citie Seetso added to the full flavoured night.

There was a senior couple in particular that is said to be regulars of the jazz nights, more so that they extended courtesy drinks to the band. “They never miss a performance,” said one of the band members.

“The feel of this place is incredibly refreshing. The food, the music and the ambiance fuse well together to create a beautiful night. I’m often lucky to catch these performances and I enjoy them every time,” delighted one of the guests.

Global Post Lifestyle definitely recommends Caravela if you are looking for something intimate with a stunning musical background as well as delicious Portuguese cuisine.