The unit of currency is the Botswana Pula (BWP), which is divided into 100 Thebe. The word 'Pula' means rain and 'Thebe' means shield. The shield appears on the national coat of arms. Major credit cards are widely accepted, and travellers cheques and foreign currency are accepted at most large hotels and lodges. There are banks and exchange bureaux in all the main towns, as well as ATM machines. Surcharges are often high on travellers cheques, and it is best to carry cheques in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling.
Currency Exchange Rates
|Botswana||BWP 1||BWP 5||BWP 10||BWP 100||BWP 1,000|
|Australia||A$ 0.12||A$ 0.60||A$ 1.20||A$ 11.99||A$ 119.89|
|Canada||C$ 0.12||C$ 0.61||C$ 1.22||C$ 12.15||C$ 121.52|
|Ireland||€ 0.08||€ 0.42||€ 0.83||€ 8.32||€ 83.22|
|New Zealand||NZ$ 0.13||NZ$ 0.66||NZ$ 1.31||NZ$ 13.12||NZ$ 131.23|
|South Africa||R 1.19||R 5.96||R 11.92||R 119.21||R 1,192.14|
|United Kingdom||£ 0.07||£ 0.33||£ 0.66||£ 6.60||£ 65.96|
|United States of America||US$ 0.11||US$ 0.56||US$ 1.11||US$ 11.14||US$ 111.44|
Note: These currency exchange rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.
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