Cost of living in Gaborone, Botswana

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district P50
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) P56
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast P27
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk P12
12 eggs, large P25
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes P13
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese P46
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples P16
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes P15
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket P14
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality P87
2 liters of Coca-Cola P15
Bread for 2 people for 1 day P6
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area P8,481
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area P5,655
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat P538
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area P5,422
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area P3,476
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio P402
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) P770
40” flat screen TV P4,777
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) P1,326
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) P58
Hourly rate for cleaning help P52
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) P559
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) P409
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) P730
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes P942
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new P256,276
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas P8
Monthly ticket public transport P188
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) P111
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) P38
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) P109
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) P283
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) P43
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) P23
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) P35
4 rolls of toilet paper P21
Tube of toothpaste P14
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city P61
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub P280
2 tickets to the movies P116
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) P392
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert P386
1 cocktail drink in downtown club P73
Cappuccino in expat area of the city P24
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) P21
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB P7,803
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) P1.25
1 month of gym membership in business district P448
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes P29
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 200 prices entered by 18 different people.
Latest price update: July 23, 2018.

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