Whether you're living in Botswana or planning to move there, it is very important to know the cost of living and the prices of things. Here we list the average spending for the three main population groups.

All-inclusive

9,400 BWP

average per month

2,400 BWP

Range

20,000 BWP

18,000 BWP

average per month

3,500 BWP

Range

28,000 BWP

28,000 BWP

average per month

8,300 BWP

Range

42,000 BWP

7,100 BWP

average per month

1,200 BWP

Range

15,000 BWP

The figures displayed here are inclusive of everything: housing, travel, groceries, healthcare, etc.

The average monthly expenses for a single person living in Botswana is 9,400 BWP. Expenses can range from 2,400 BWP at the minimum level to 20,000 BWP at the highest end.

The average monthly spending of couples in Botswana is 18,000 BWP. Expenditure can range from 3,500 BWP to 28,000 BWP per month.

The average cost of living for families in Botswana is 28,000 BWP per month. Families spend anywhere from 8,300 BWP to 42,000 BWP.

The average monthly expenditure for students in Botswana is 7,100 BWP. Students spend from 1,200 BWP to 15,000 BWP per month.

Spending behavior can change drastically from one person to another. It is best to consider the minimum, average, and maximum spending together.

of water

2.4 BWP

2.4 BWP

2.4 BWP

combo meal

24 BWP

17 BWP

39 BWP

meal for one

79 BWP

62 BWP

98 BWP

meal for one

200 BWP

130 BWP

240 BWP

Soft Drink

2.0 BWP

2.0 BWP

2.0 BWP

or latte

16 BWP

9.8 BWP

24 BWP

large bottle

12 BWP

9.8 BWP

13 BWP

bread

1.7 BWP

1.5 BWP

2.0 BWP

eggs

12 BWP

9.8 BWP

15 BWP

chicken

27 BWP

21 BWP

34 BWP

1 kg or 1 lb

31 BWP

26 BWP

39 BWP

1 kg or 1 lb

17 BWP

15 BWP

20 BWP

1 kg or 1 lb

7.9 BWP

6.6 BWP

9.8 BWP

1 kg or 1 lb

8.4 BWP

7.4 BWP

9.1 BWP

1 kg or 1 lb

8.1 BWP

7.1 BWP

9.1 BWP

taxi ride

12 BWP

9.8 BWP

24 BWP

full tank

79 BWP

59 BWP

160 BWP

1-day rental

79 BWP

59 BWP

120 BWP

price

59,000 BWP

29,000 BWP

79,000 BWP

one way

3.0 BWP

2.0 BWP

5.9 BWP

Service

120 BWP

79 BWP

240 BWP

and water bill

570 BWP

140 BWP

1,200 BWP

and water bill

710 BWP

180 BWP

1,400 BWP

and water bill

1,100 BWP

250 BWP

1,300 BWP

and cable

120 BWP

59 BWP

160 BWP

charges

79 BWP

47 BWP

240 BWP

ticket

39 BWP

29 BWP

59 BWP

membership

120 BWP

94 BWP

240 BWP

or pants

98 BWP

69 BWP

150 BWP

dress

91 BWP

65 BWP

290 BWP

shoes

84 BWP

62 BWP

200 BWP

shoes

65 BWP

54 BWP

130 BWP

suit

74 BWP

59 BWP

390 BWP

t-shirt

39 BWP

29 BWP

120 BWP

apartment

1,500 BWP

980 BWP

3,900 BWP

apartment

2,400 BWP

1,500 BWP

5,900 BWP

apartment

2,900 BWP

2,000 BWP

7,900 BWP

apartment

290,000 BWP

200,000 BWP

590,000 BWP

apartment

390,000 BWP

240,000 BWP

1,500,000 BWP

apartment

1,200,000 BWP

390,000 BWP

2,400,000 BWP

Bed

1,500 BWP

1,200 BWP

2,000 BWP

Bed

1,200 BWP

790 BWP

1,500 BWP

Bed

910 BWP

690 BWP

1,200 BWP

Room

1,700 BWP

1,300 BWP

5,900 BWP

Table

790 BWP

590 BWP

1,500 BWP

or Couch

1,100 BWP

790 BWP

2,400 BWP

Set

1,200 BWP

790 BWP

2,400 BWP

or Freezer

1,100 BWP

690 BWP

1,500 BWP

Machine

1,300 BWP

910 BWP

2,400 BWP

or Cooker

1,100 BWP

840 BWP

1,500 BWP

Phone

1,200 BWP

980 BWP

1,700 BWP

or Computer

1,300 BWP

1,100 BWP

2,400 BWP

The percentage figures in this section are percentages of total spending not income. If you would like to see the percentage of expenses as related to income or salary, see additional sections below.

SingleSpending habits, consumption analysis, and expenditure patterns for a single person living in Botswana

36% of total expenses on average (27% to 42%)

LOW | 850 BWP |

AVERAGE | 3,400 BWP |

HIGH | 7,200 BWP |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 140 BWP |

AVERAGE | 570 BWP |

HIGH | 1,200 BWP |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (3% to 11%)

LOW | 190 BWP |

AVERAGE | 750 BWP |

HIGH | 1,600 BWP |

Per Month |

16% of total expenses on average (9% to 22%)

LOW | 380 BWP |

AVERAGE | 1,500 BWP |

HIGH | 3,200 BWP |

Per Month |

9% of total expenses on average (5% to 14%)

LOW | 210 BWP |

AVERAGE | 850 BWP |

HIGH | 1,800 BWP |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 120 BWP |

AVERAGE | 470 BWP |

HIGH | 1,000 BWP |

Per Month |

2% of total expenses on average (1% to 4%)

LOW | 47 BWP |

AVERAGE | 190 BWP |

HIGH | 400 BWP |

Per Month |

18% of total expenses on average (15% to 21%)

LOW | 420 BWP |

AVERAGE | 1,700 BWP |

HIGH | 3,600 BWP |

Per Month |

CoupleAverage monthly living expenditure breaks and spending patterns for couples in Botswana

33% of total expenses on average (30% to 43%)

LOW | 1,200 BWP |

AVERAGE | 5,800 BWP |

HIGH | 9,300 BWP |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 8%)

LOW | 180 BWP |

AVERAGE | 710 BWP |

HIGH | 1,400 BWP |

Per Month |

12% of total expenses on average (7% to 15%)

LOW | 420 BWP |

AVERAGE | 2,100 BWP |

HIGH | 3,400 BWP |

Per Month |

14% of total expenses on average (7% to 19%)

LOW | 500 BWP |

AVERAGE | 2,500 BWP |

HIGH | 4,000 BWP |

Per Month |

11% of total expenses on average (5% to 14%)

LOW | 390 BWP |

AVERAGE | 1,900 BWP |

HIGH | 3,100 BWP |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (3% to 10%)

LOW | 210 BWP |

AVERAGE | 1,100 BWP |

HIGH | 1,700 BWP |

Per Month |

2% of total expenses on average (1% to 4%)

LOW | 71 BWP |

AVERAGE | 350 BWP |

HIGH | 570 BWP |

Per Month |

17% of total expenses on average (14% to 20%)

LOW | 600 BWP |

AVERAGE | 3,000 BWP |

HIGH | 4,800 BWP |

Per Month |

FamilyAverage monthly expenses and break out of spending for families living in Botswana

32% of total expenses on average (27% to 38%)

LOW | 2,600 BWP |

AVERAGE | 9,100 BWP |

HIGH | 14,000 BWP |

Per Month |

3% of total expenses on average (2% to 7%)

LOW | 250 BWP |

AVERAGE | 1,100 BWP |

HIGH | 1,300 BWP |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (5% to 10%)

LOW | 660 BWP |

AVERAGE | 2,300 BWP |

HIGH | 3,400 BWP |

Per Month |

18% of total expenses on average (12% to 23%)

LOW | 1,500 BWP |

AVERAGE | 5,100 BWP |

HIGH | 7,600 BWP |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (6% to 12%)

LOW | 660 BWP |

AVERAGE | 2,300 BWP |

HIGH | 3,400 BWP |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 410 BWP |

AVERAGE | 1,400 BWP |

HIGH | 2,100 BWP |

Per Month |

14% of total expenses on average (11% to 18%)

LOW | 1,200 BWP |

AVERAGE | 4,000 BWP |

HIGH | 5,900 BWP |

Per Month |

12% of total expenses on average (8% to 15%)

LOW | 990 BWP |

AVERAGE | 3,400 BWP |

HIGH | 5,100 BWP |

Per Month |

StudentCost of living and expense breaks for students in Botswana

24% of total expenses on average (18% to 31%)

LOW | 280 BWP |

AVERAGE | 1,700 BWP |

HIGH | 3,700 BWP |

Per Month |

4% of total expenses on average (3% to 7%)

LOW | 47 BWP |

AVERAGE | 280 BWP |

HIGH | 610 BWP |

Per Month |

7% of total expenses on average (5% to 9%)

LOW | 83 BWP |

AVERAGE | 500 BWP |

HIGH | 1,100 BWP |

Per Month |

20% of total expenses on average (16% to 24%)

LOW | 240 BWP |

AVERAGE | 1,400 BWP |

HIGH | 3,100 BWP |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (3% to 9%)

LOW | 71 BWP |

AVERAGE | 420 BWP |

HIGH | 920 BWP |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 59 BWP |

AVERAGE | 350 BWP |

HIGH | 770 BWP |

Per Month |

19% of total expenses on average (17% to 24%)

LOW | 220 BWP |

AVERAGE | 1,300 BWP |

HIGH | 2,900 BWP |

Per Month |

15% of total expenses on average (12% to 17%)

LOW | 180 BWP |

AVERAGE | 1,100 BWP |

HIGH | 2,300 BWP |

Per Month |

This section breaks down and compares expenses for all population groups: singles, couples, students, and families. If you want to see details for a specific group, please see the previous section. We asked thousands of people about their spending habits and expenditure breaks. Below are the results.

People living in Botswana typically spend from 26% to 39% of their total monthly expenditure on housing with 31% being the average. The average spend on housing is 5,000 BWP with expenditure ranging from 1,200 BWP and 8,500 BWP. This cost mainly goes for rent but it also includes other accommodation-related expenses. Housing costs are highest for families and lowest for students as expected.

On average, utility expenditure like electricity, water, and gas in Botswana ranges from 2% to 8% of total expenses with 5% being the the average. The average monthly cost of utilities is 670 BWP with 150 BWP and 1,100 BWP being the upper and lower limits.

Fuel consumption and cost of transport depend heavily on whether you live near your work or school, but roughly speaking you would expect to spend from 340 BWP to 2,400 BWP on commuting with 1,400 BWP being the norm for most people in one month. This means that money spent on transport constitutes about 9% of total spending on average but can go as low as 5% or as high as 11%.

The average outlay on groceries in a month in Botswana is 2,600 BWP. The cost of groceries can range between 650 BWP to 4,500 BWP. People spend on average about 17% on food and groceries with upper and lower bounds of 11% and 17% respectively.

People in Botswana allocate 5% to 12% of their total monthly expenditure to healthcare including health insurance and out-of-pocket medical expenses. The average spending is around 9%. The range of medical expenses range from 330 BWP to 2,300 BWP with 1,400 BWP being the norm.

This category mostly contains discretionary or non-essential expenses but also some non-discretionary spending like furniture for example. The monthly expenses range from 200 BWP to 1,400 BWP with 830 BWP being the average. Speaking of percentages, that equates to 2% to 9% of total expenses with an average of 5% for most residents.

Spending on education can vary drastically between different people. While working singles can spend 0% on education, families and students' expenditure can reach up to 22%. On average, education constitutes 9% of the monthly expenditure with 8% and 13% being the lower and upper bounds respectively. The average reported education cost is 1,500 BWP per month with 370 BWP being the minimum spent amount and 2,500 BWP being the maximum.