Currency in Botswana

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Currency in Botswana

For the independent traveller prices in Botswana compare to neighbouring South Africa. Notable exceptions are petrol and diesel which are about a third cheaper in Botswana, and alcohol, which is about a third more expensive.

Botswana's currency is the Pula; 100 Thebe = 1 Pula. In Setswana, pula means "rain" and thebe means "shield." Rough conversions are 7.5:1 (USD) 9.5:1 (EUR), 11.5:1 (GBP) and 1.1:1 (South African Rand) [January 2012].

A rough estimation of currency exchange between United States Dollars and Botswana Pula:

American Dollars ($USD)
USD Pulas      USD Pulas
$0.13 1.00   $25.00 187.50
$1.00 7.50   $30.00 225.00
$2.00 15.00   $35.00 262.50
$3.00 22.50   $40.00 300.00
$4.00 30.00   $45.00 337.00
$5.00 37.50   $50.00 374.50
$6.00 45.00   $55.00 412.00
$7.00 52.50   $60.00 449.50
$8.00 60.00   $65.00 487.00
$9.00 67.50   $70.00 524.50
$10.00 75.00   $75.00 562.00
$11.00 82.50   $80.00 599.50
$12.00 90.00   $85.00 636.50
$13.00 97.50   $90.00 674.00
$14.00 105.00   $95.00 711.50
$15.00 112.50   $100.00 749.00
$16.00 120.00   $125.00 936.50
$17.00 127.50   $150.00 1123.50
$18.00 135.00   $175.00 1311.00
$19.00 142.50   $200.00 1498.00
$20.00 150.00   $250.00 1872.50

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