Money

Currency

The Botswana currency is the Pula (meaning ‘rain’ in Setswana).

It is divided into 100 thebe (meaning ‘shield’ in Setswana). Travellers’ cheques and foreign currency may be changed at banks, bureaux de change, and authorised hotels.

The US dollar, Euros, British Pound and the South African Rand are the most easily convertible currencies.

Automatic teller machines accept foreign visa cards, but are mostly found in larger towns and cities. Cultural sites and community art and craft outlets usually only accept cash.

Banks

Seven main commercial banks, as well as a number of foreign exchange bureaux, operate in Botswana.

Banking hours

Monday to Friday 8:30-15:30
Saturday 8:30 to 10:45

Credit cards

Major credit cards, such as MasterCard and Visa, are accepted throughout the country, in most hotels, restaurants, retail outlets and safari companies. However, shops in remote areas and service stations may only accept cash.

Tourist Reviews

Fauluos Makgadikgadi Pans
This was our first stop on a safari trip to Botswana and to be honest we had not expected big things from this camp. How wrong we were, the accommodation, staff and food were all excellent and we were made to feel very much at home. As with many...

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