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About Francistown

Often described as the ‘capital of the north’, Francistown is the second largest city in Botswana. The city holds a population of about 150,800 people, magnificently diversified for its tribes and cultures. The people of Francistown are friendly and sociable. Enthralling main attractions around the city are the Tachila Nature Reserve and the Domboshaba.

Cheap flights to Francistown are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be captivated by this beautiful city. Francistown is home to Francistown International Airport (FRW), which is approximately a 15-minute drive from the city center. Francistown International Airport serves a multitude of airlines - including Air Botswana. Non-stop international flights to Francistown departure from Johannesburg. Flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Why visit Francistown

Tachila Nature Reserve

Sightseeing

The heart of Botswana, and the second largest hatchling of this gold enlivened mother city. At the centre of its heart beats attractions such as Tachila Nature Reserve, and Domboshaba.

Handmade Clay Pots With Art

Arts & Culture

Richly diversified and respected for their ancient, modern day culture. The city lives with its heart on its sleeves. Engage in some traditional dancing, or explore a guided Bushman tour.

Portuguese Croissant with Custard Filling

Cuisine

Surprisingly, Francistown boast Indian as well as European, Western European and Portuguese cuisine. Don’t leave Francistown without trying some delectable treats such as kati roll, rajma and spiced curry chick-peas.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Botswana
Currency Botswana Pula
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.79 Botswana Pula
Language English, Setswana
Hub Airport Francistown International Airport FRW
Airline Air Botswana
Time Zone UTC + 2 hours
Travel Adaptor Type C

Best time to visit Francistown

On average the weather is good all year round in Francistown. The hot seasons are from September – December. During this time, there is generally an increase in tourism and there is a slight hike in the rates of hotel accommodation everywhere. The annual school holiday is also during this period so shops, restaurants and public spaces are normally overcrowded. The dry periods during May – August hold a possibility of thinner crowds travelling through the streets of Francistown. During the January – February months, is the wettest in Francistown, so local folks tend to stay indoors. This causes less traffic on the roads, and less condensed public spaces as fewer crowds pull into the city.

Weather & Climate in Francistown

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low (°C) 31°C 31°C 30°C 29°C 26°C 23°C 24°C 26°C 30°C 32°C 32°C 31°C
High (°C) 25°C 25°C 24°C 22°C 18°C 15°C 15°C 17°C 22°C 24°C 25°C 25°C
Rainfall (mm) 85 80 50 23 7 3 1 1 3 23 51 88

Overview

Often described as the ‘capital of the north’, Francistown is the second largest city in Botswana. The city holds a population of about 150 800, magnificently diversified in its tribes and cultures. The people of Francistown are friendly and sociable. Enthralling main attractions around the city are the Tachila Nature Reserve and the Domboshaba. Recently resuscitated gold mines, have brought an obsession to the city, propelling it in its economic growth. Francistown offers a more optimistic glance into the future. Road works, and public areas have already had a face-lift and seen improvement from the increase and expansion in economic growth.

Visa & Customs

• SA passport holders do not require a Visa for Botswana for stays of up to 90 days. Just make sure your passport is valid for the duration of your stay. • The South African High Commission to Botswana is located in the capital city Gaborone. Plot 29, Queens Road, Gaborone, Botswana. Phone: +267-3904-800

Health & Safety

• Francistown requires no vaccinations to enter the country, it is however recommended to be vaccinated for yellow fever if you have travelled through a city which is experiencing an outbreak. • Local taxis, bus services and trains are used as a general means of getting around. • Over the counter drugs are available from local pharmacies. • If you are keeping very valuable items with you, best to keep it in a safe. • Do not wander about the streets late at night, but if you do, make sure you are always accompanied. • Generally, any secluded areas pose a risk for muggings, pickpocketing or purse snatching.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Francistown
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 127.84
Domestic Beer (0.5 Litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 26.61
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.39 R 35.15
Taxi 1 km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 13.21
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 38.00 R 34.09

Where to stay?

Francistown, one of the oldest towns in Botswana, is tactfully placed in the north of the country. The town is a crossroads of routes between Gaborone and Bulawayo, and will serve perfectly if you’re residing within any one of these areas.

If you have fallen in love with the city centre, there are fantastic hotels which will meet your travel requirements. These hotels offer well-spaced rooms, and pose facilities such as laundry, air-conditioning, Dstv and Wi-Fi.

Just a ten-minute drive away from the city centre, in the Ntshe residential area, you will find great lodging with excellent pool facilities. This accommodation is great considering the hot and dry seasons of the city.

And finally, if you’ve had enough of the hustle and bustle of the noisy city, the Woodlands area makes for a tranquil destination to get some well-needed rest.

Getting Around

Besides aircraft, Francistown has a good transportation system. The train service has been re-instated since March 2016, with more luxury refurbished trains.

• The train departs from Francistown on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays, en-route to Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. • By bus, Francistown is a transportation hub for most areas in the Northern part of the country. Bus services leave every hour for Gaborone, and the trips are 5 – 7 hours long. • By car and taxi.

Main attractions in Francistown

Tachila Nature Reserve

Tachila Nature Reserve

Supa Ngwao Museum

Supa Ngwao Museum

Domboshaba Ruins

Domboshaba Ruins

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