How Much is Rent in Botswana

Property (such as a house) rented or for rent. A usually fixed periodical return made by a tenant or occupant of property to the owner for the possession and use thereof. especially An agreed sum paid at fixed intervals by a tenant to the landlord.

Depending on an expat’s lifestyle, Botswana can be a very affordable place to live. In the capital, Gaborone, costs are generally more expensive, as this is where most of the good jobs and better housing options are found.

Still, according to Mercer’s 2022 Cost of Living report, Gaborone was ranked 215th out of 227 cities. So, ex-pats who choose to ‘live like a local’ will find that it is easy to get on without spending too much in Botswana.

Cost of accommodation and food in Botswana

Accommodation in Botswana varies, especially if living in the capital. For ex-pats who choose to settle in Gaborone, being close to local transport and schools pushes up the price of housing. Expats can expect monthly rental costs to be one of their biggest expenses in Botswana, but don’t overlook the price of groceries. Prices of imported products, including food, can be quite high.

Cost of living in Botswana chart 

Prices may vary depending on the product and service provider. The list below shows average prices for Gaborone in May 2022.

Accommodation (monthly rent)
Three-bedroom apartment in the city centreBWP 9,111
Three-bedroom apartment outside of the city centreBWP 5,200
One-bedroom apartment in the city centreBWP 3,200
One-bedroom apartment outside the city centreBWP 3,000
Eggs (dozen)BWP 27
Milk (1 litre)BWP 14
Rice (1kg)BWP 19
Loaf of white breadBWP 9
Chicken breasts (1kg)BWP 55
Pack of cigarettes BWP 50
Eating out
Big Mac MealBWP 90
Coca-Cola (330ml)BWP 14
CappuccinoBWP 36
Bottle of local beerBWP 21
Three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurantBWP 455
Mobile-to-mobile call rate (per minute)BWP 1.37
Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable – the average per month)BWP 900
Basic utilities (per month for a small apartment)BWP 600
Taxi rate (per kilometre)BWP 30
Bus fare in the city centreBWP 6
Petrol/gasoline (per litre)BWP 11.60

How much money do you need to live in Botswana?

A family of four estimated monthly costs are 1,673$ (21,676P) without rent. A single person estimated monthly costs are 467$ (6,056P) without rent. The cost of living in Botswana is, on average, 52.37% lower than in the United States. Rent in Botswana is, on average, 82.97% lower than in the United States.

How much does it cost to live in Gaborone Botswana?

Cost of Living in Gaborone

Cost of livingOne personFamily of 4
🛋️ Without rent$376$1112
🏨 Rent & Utilities$293$557
🍽️ Food$257$673
🚐 Transport$52.9$152

How much is a Coke in Botswana?

Cost of living in Botswana

FoodPrice in P
1 package of cigarettes from imported brands25 BWP
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples7.50 BWP
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality48.95 BWP
2.5 litres of Coca-Cola0.95 BWP