Francistown is the second largest town in Botswana, with a population of around 85,000. As the centre of southern Africa's first 'gold rush', it is still surrounded by abandoned mines. It is still a major transport hub with mining and agriculture being important businesses.
The Bakalanga, the second largest ethnic group in Botswana, are centred around the town and the surrounding area.
Nandos and Tandurei at the town's shopping mall are good places to have a nice meal at reasonable prices.
See also International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to Botswana is 267. To make an international call from Botswana, the code is 00.
BotswanaPost is the national postal service of Botswana. It is operating more than 100 post offices and 70 agencies throughout the country and is fairly reliable, albeit not overly fast. All post has to go overland through Gaborone first and international mail by plane might go via Johannesburg, so count on several weeks for your postcard or letter to be delivered to places in Europe or North America. You can use them for parcels as well, though faster and more expensive services are available by companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.
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