Travel budget in Botswana

Botswana: calculate your travel budget

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.
  • $ 8.4 per person
  • $ 1.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 752* (8106 BWP)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 112 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 21 per person
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 7.2 per person

Total budget:

$ 2664* (28728 BWP)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 183 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 35 per person
  • $ 34 per person
  • $ 15 per person

Total budget:

$ 4857* (52360 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 2020

Cost of living: Botswana VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Botswana in 2020 is essentially the same as in the United States (USA)

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) 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 1% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Gaborone
Molepolole 18% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Molepolole

Local prices in Botswana by expense type

Botswana: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Botswana costs 44% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 9.4/person
($ 7.6 to $ 12)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 20/person
($ 15 to $ 29)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 30
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 4.8/person
($ 3.3 to $ 9.4)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.7 for 500ml
($ 1.1 to $ 2.9)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.5 for 330ml
($ 1.6 to $ 3.8)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.2
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.4/cup
($ 1.3 to $ 3.3)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.1/can
($ 0.7 to $ 1.9)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.8/bottle
($ 0.5 to $ 1.6)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Botswana: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Botswana costs 3% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 64/night
($ 60 to $ 66)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 84/night
($ 52 to $ 140)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 139/night
($ 61 to $ 317)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 185
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 226/night
($ 102 to $ 391)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 263
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 792/night
($ 640 to $ 990)

55% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 512
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 35/month
($ 34 to $ 35)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 137/month
($ 94 to $ 190)

20% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 173
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 222/month
($ 70 to $ 439)

33% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 83/month
($ 55 to $ 131)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 440/month
($ 229 to $ 671)

149% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 177

Botswana: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Botswana costs 41% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.4/litre
($ 1.2 to $ 2.2)

56% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.7/500g
($ 0.6 to $ 0.8)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Rice
Rice
$ 1.7/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 1.9)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.9/12 eggs
($ 2.3 to $ 3.9)

14% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 4.5/kg
($ 2.9 to $ 7.6)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.5/kg
($ 3.6 to $ 5)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 1.9/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 2.6)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.2/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 3)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.6/kg
($ 1 to $ 2.9)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.3/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 2.4)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Salad
Salad
$ 1.3/salad
($ 0.7 to $ 3.3)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.2
($ 0.7 to $ 1.4)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 4.1/kg
($ 1.9 to $ 6.7)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Botswana: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Botswana costs 41% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.4/ticket
($ 0.4 to $ 0.6)

85% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 12/month
($ 12 to $ 20)

85% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 81
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 2.2/km
($ 1 to $ 2.4)

8% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Petrol
Petrol
$ 0.8/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1)

11% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 0.5
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

87% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.7
Car hire
Car hire
$ 38/24hrs
($ 22 to $ 63)

6% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Botswana: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Botswana costs 56% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 54/month
($ 29 to $ 101)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 170
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

9% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 49/month
($ 29 to $ 67)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 71
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 339/month
($ 190 to $ 665)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1451
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 267/month
($ 144 to $ 618)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1162
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 707/month
($ 428 to $ 1709)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2359
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 468/month
($ 286 to $ 1139)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1850
Gym
Gym
$ 35/month
($ 24 to $ 53)

15% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 41
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 126/month
($ 58 to $ 238)

87% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1021
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 4293/yr
($ 2278 to $ 7592)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18028

Botswana: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Botswana costs 35% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 7.2/ticket
($ 5.3 to $ 9.4)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 13/hr
($ 6.7 to $ 20)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Botswana: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Botswana costs 20% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 5.3/pack
($ 2.9 to $ 5.7)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 48
($ 24 to $ 77)

2% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 48
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 27
($ 15 to $ 44)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 72
($ 48 to $ 130)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 82
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 93
($ 48 to $ 115)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 104

Plane ticket budget

London → Maun
London → Maun
London → Maun
$ 1299
(fair price: $ 1157)

Tours and organised trips in Botswana


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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 16-03-2020.

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