In Search of African Cheese
Lovely readers, I am headed to Africa for, you guessed it, a cheese safari. Some people travel to Botswana in search of elephants. I prefer the dairy angle. Rumor has it that artisan sub-saharan cheese exists.
My home base will be Gaborone, the site of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith. Since I will be conducting my own private investigation, I have read several books in the series and found them to be delightful. Hopefully, I can take some cues from Detective Precious Ramotswe and locate at least one or two Kalahari cheesemakers to highlight here.
Botswana has two big exports: diamonds and beef. And where there is beef, there must be cheese. Right? South Africa, to the south, appears to have a thriving cheese scene. Here’s what I’ve uncovered so far:
2. Klein River Cheese in Stanford, South Africa produces Raclette.
4. There are 12 modern cheese factories in South Africa. Many of these cheeses appear to be available in Botswana.
2. Fairview Cheese, a third-generation dairy and vineyard in Cape Town, produces a line of goat cheeses, along with Brie, Camembert, and an award-winning Blue Rock.
Wish me luck, and if you have any leads, please drop me a line. I will be back in early February. Look for updates here — hopefully, I have wifi. Cheers!