The Pula (P) is the main currency in Botswana. Pula means rain, and shows the importance of rain in this generally dry country. The Pula comes in notes of P10, P20, P50, P100 and P200. One Pula is made up of 100 thebe. In addition to the notes you will find coins in the value of 5, 10, 25 and 50 thebe and P1, P2, P5.
Visa and Mastercard credit cards are widely accepted in larger shops, petrol stations, hotels and main restaurants. We do not recommend American Express and Diners.
ATM/cash point machines are available in most larger towns, and some of the smaller towns. Exchange facilities are available at all major airports as well as most large bank branches, although exchange rates from ATM/cash point machines are generally more favourable.
For many visitors on fly-in safaris you will not even need local currency. Almost all the lodges will accept payment by credit card and in US$ cash. Tips at lodges and main tourist services can also be made in US$. We strongly advise though, that you carry small denomination US$ and avoid $50 and $100 notes.