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, Euro, 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. Foreign cash withdrawals may be subject to additional fees.
Cultural sites and community art and craft outlets usually only accept cash, however chip and pin and contactless payment options are becoming more common. If in doubt, inquire with your guide or upon arrival at an outlet or attraction/destination.
Seven main commercial banks, as well as a number of foreign exchange bureaux, operate in Botswana.
Monday to Friday 8:30-15:30
Saturday 8:30 to 10:45
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.