Travel budget in Botswana

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Botswana: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Botswana for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 35 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 8.3 per person
  • $ 1.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 750* (7560 BWP)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 113 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 12 per person
  • $ 6.1 per person

Total budget:

$ 2624* (26432 BWP)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 182 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 31 per person
  • $ 32 per person
  • $ 13 per person

Total budget:

$ 4619* (46522 BWP)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in Botswana in 2019

Cost of living: Botswana VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Botswana in 2019 is essentially the same as in United States

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Botswana in 2019 and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Botswana by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Botswana compared to the national average.

Cities /Botswana View Details
Gaborone 11% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Gaborone
Molepolole 13% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Molepolole

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Local prices in Botswana by expense type

Restaurant budget in Botswana

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Botswana costs 45% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 9.8/person
($ 7.9 to $ 9.8)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 15/person
($ 9.8 to $ 30)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 4.9/person
($ 3.5 to $ 5.9)

36% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.7
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.8 for 500ml
($ 1.4 to $ 2.5)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.8
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.2 for 330ml
($ 1.6 to $ 3)

30% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.3/cup
($ 1.4 to $ 3)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.4
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1/can
($ 0.7 to $ 1.6)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7/bottle
($ 0.5 to $ 1.2)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in Botswana

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Botswana costs 10% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 63/night
($ 60 to $ 66)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 84/night
($ 52 to $ 141)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 143/night
($ 61 to $ 336)

20% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 179
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 220/night
($ 100 to $ 386)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 260
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 827/night
($ 665 to $ 1040)

66% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 500
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 35/month
($ 34 to $ 35)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 132
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 136/month
($ 91 to $ 189)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 223/month
($ 69 to $ 444)

34% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 84/month
($ 55 to $ 133)

61% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 219
Family room
Family room
$ 285/month
($ 181 to $ 438)

62% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Botswana

On average, the price of supermarket food in Botswana costs 43% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.3/litre
($ 1.2 to $ 2.4)

54% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.7/500g
($ 0.6 to $ 0.8)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.7/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 2)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.6/12 eggs
($ 2.2 to $ 3.5)

8% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 5.1/kg
($ 3 to $ 7.9)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.7/kg
($ 3.6 to $ 5.9)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 1.7/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 2.5)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.8
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.7/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 2.5)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.6/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 2)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 2)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 1.1/salad
($ 0.8 to $ 2.5)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.2
($ 0.8 to $ 1.4)

36% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 4.1/kg
($ 3.9 to $ 4.4)

67% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Botswana

On average, the price of transport in Botswana costs 39% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.4/ticket
($ 0.4 to $ 0.4)

83% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 12/month
($ 12 to $ 21)

84% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 2/km
($ 1.3 to $ 2.5)

8% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1)

14% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 0.5
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

86% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.7
Car hire
Car hire
$ 38/24hrs
($ 22 to $ 63)

6% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Botswana

On average, the cost of housing in Botswana costs 55% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 55/month
($ 30 to $ 104)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

19% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 48/month
($ 30 to $ 70)

29% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 69
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 323/month
($ 149 to $ 690)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1382
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 242/month
($ 149 to $ 494)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1096
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 703/month
($ 395 to $ 1379)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2243
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 464/month
($ 297 to $ 887)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1756
Gym
Gym
$ 36/month
($ 26 to $ 51)

11% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 121/month
($ 59 to $ 248)

87% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 961
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 3793/yr
($ 2217 to $ 7387)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17191

Leisure activity budget in Botswana

On average, budget for leisure activities in Botswana costs 43% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 6.1/ticket
($ 5.4 to $ 7.9)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 10.5/hr
($ 4.9 to $ 21)

34% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Botswana

On average, shopping budget in Botswana costs 23% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3.9/pack
($ 3 to $ 5.4)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 46
($ 26 to $ 70)

3% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 26
($ 18 to $ 35)

36% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 73
($ 51 to $ 100)

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 81
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 85
($ 51 to $ 119)

17% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

Plane ticket budget

London → Maun
London → Maun
London → Maun
$ 1273
(fair price: $ 1124)

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About the information on the cost of living in Botswana

The information about the cost of living in Botswana shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Botswana updated on 06-11-2019.

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