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:

  • $ 43 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 6.9 per person
  • $ 2.2 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 854* (11802 BWP)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 106 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 6.2 per person

Total budget:

$ 2445* (33768 BWP)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 137 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 24 per person
  • $ 34 per person
  • $ 13 per person

Total budget:

$ 3879* (53564 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 2024

Cost of living: Botswana VS United States

Compare with the average cost of living in:

On average, the cost of living in Botswana in 2024 is 47% less than 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
Molepolole 3% moreTravel 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 64% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 4.3/person
($ 3.7 to $ 11)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 21
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 15/person
($ 7.3 to $ 18)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 38
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.2/person
($ 5.5 to $ 8.8)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 11
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.6 for 500ml
($ 1.1 to $ 2.6)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 6
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.6 for 330ml
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.5
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.1/cup
($ 1.5 to $ 2.6)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.8/can
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.3 to $ 0.6)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2

Botswana: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Botswana costs 32% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 83/night
($ 25 to $ 375)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 136
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 98/night
($ 43 to $ 212)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 142
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 113/night
($ 58 to $ 292)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 205
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 162/night
($ 85 to $ 368)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 293
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 289/night
($ 194 to $ 521)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 522
Hostel/Youth Hostel
Hostel/Youth Hostel
$ 75/month
($ 11 to $ 428)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 141
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 117/month
($ 87 to $ 193)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 204
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 164/month
($ 70 to $ 404)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 188
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 83/month
($ 59 to $ 165)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 227
Family room
Family room
$ 272/month
($ 159 to $ 438)

43% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 191

Botswana: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Botswana costs 58% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.3)

8% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.1
Bread
Bread
$ 0.8/500g
($ 0.4 to $ 1.2)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.6
Rice
Rice
$ 1.5/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 1.8)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.8/12 eggs
($ 1.1 to $ 2.6)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.7
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.4/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 5.8)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Apples
Apples
$ 1.6/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 2.2)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.3/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 1.8)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 1.5)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.8
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.2

Botswana: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Botswana costs 21% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.5/ticket
($ 0.4 to $ 0.5)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 2.2/km
($ 1.8 to $ 2.4)

26% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.2)

10% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 0.5
($ 0.4 to $ 0.6)

86% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 39/24hrs
($ 19 to $ 98)

25% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 32

Botswana: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Botswana costs 63% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 6.2/ticket
($ 4.3 to $ 11)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 15
Tennis
Tennis
$ 6.8/hr
($ 3.7 to $ 7.3)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 24

Botswana: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Botswana costs 46% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3.5/pack
($ 2.9 to $ 5.8)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 11
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 41
($ 19 to $ 48)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 54
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 23
($ 15 to $ 32)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 45

Plane ticket budget

London → Gaborone
London → Gaborone
London → Gaborone
$ 1138
(fair price: $ 971)
London → Maun
London → Maun
London → Maun
$ 1277
(fair price: $ 1098)
Dublin → Gaborone
Dublin → Gaborone
Dublin → Gaborone
$ 1155
(fair price: $ 995)
Manchester → Gaborone
Manchester → Gaborone
Manchester → Gaborone
$ 1185
(fair price: $ 1029)
New York City → Gaborone
New York City → Gaborone
New York City → Gaborone
$ 1462
(fair price: $ 1325)
Sydney → Gaborone
Sydney → Gaborone
Sydney → Gaborone
$ 1707
(fair price: $ 1451)

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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, Skyscanner and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Botswana updated on 23-02-2024.

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