Cost of living in Gaborone, Botswana

Summary of cost of living in Gaborone

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: P24,025
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: P11,029
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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List of prices in Gaborone, Botswana. Current as of Dec 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district P80
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) P62
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast P26
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk P13
12 eggs, large P29
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes P13
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese P35
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples P18
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes P9
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket P11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality P72
2 liters of coca-cola P18
Bread for 2 people for 1 day P7
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area P7,989
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area P5,629
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat P648
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area P4,270
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area P2,688
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio P403
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) P837
40” flat screen tv P4,237
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) P1,253
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) P58
Hourly rate for cleaning help P52
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) P503
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) P421
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) P816
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes P899
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new P200,319
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas P9
Monthly ticket public transport P142
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) P125
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) P39
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) P109
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) P299
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) P43
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) P22
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) P37
4 rolls of toilet paper P20
Tube of toothpaste P16
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city P75
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub P296
2 tickets to the movies P121
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 P324
1 cocktail drink in downtown club P76
Cappuccino in expat area of the city P19
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) P16
Ipad wi-fi 128gb P8,113
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) P1.13
1 month of gym membership in business district P430
1 package of marlboro cigarettes P31
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 110 prices entered by 8 different people.
Latest price update: December 04, 2020

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