Travel Guide Africa Botswana Francistown



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.



Getting There

Francistown is a major transportation hub in Northeastern Botswana and is the gateway to northern Botswana.

By Plane

The city is served by Francistown Airport (FRW), a domestic airport just outside of town. Air Botswana flies regularly to Gaborone and Johannesburg.

By Train

Trains run nightly from Lobate, next to the border with South Africa, via the capital Gaborone. Journey time is about 10 hours, arriving in Francistown early next morning. Additionally, there is an daily cross-border train from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Botswana Railways offers timetables and online booking.

By Car

A1: Connects Francistown to Gaborone in the south and to Zimbabwe in the north.
A3: Connects Francistown to Nata and Maun to the west.

By Bus

Buses about every hour from Gaborone and the trip takes 5-7 hours. Because it is a transportation hub, Francistown connects to most other villages and towns in the northern part of the country. Direct buses travel to tourist destinations like Maun and Kasane. There are also several buses that arrive daily from Bulawayo and Harare in Zimbabwe. Mahube Express bus service to Francistown via Gaborone from Johannesburg in South Africa.




  • Barbara's Bistro (at the Sport Club), ☏ +267 241 3737.
  • Calabash Coffee Shop (on the corner of Baines and St Patrick), ☏ +267 240 3360.
  • Nando's Chicken. The chicken at Nando's is excellent with Caribbean flavors.
  • Spur Restaurant. Spur has decent burgers and steaks.




Camping with your own tent is the most low-cost way.

Woodlands Stop Over (10 km north of town.). Camping with own tents. Has a swimming pool. P115 per person per night.
Metcourt Lodge.
The Nest.
The Enclave.
Cresta Thapama Lodge. One of the first hotels in modern Francistown, it has 3 lovely pools in the backdrop of geen grass, palm trees and a stocked bar. The pool table usually has a ball missing, but it adds to the character of the place. Watch out for bees with your sugary drinks! The rooms nice and simple, but the facilities are more attractive than msot hotels in Francistown, with the pools, a gym and a squash court. Prices however, reflect the added benefits.
Tati River Lodge. A lovely hotel on the banks of the Tati River - It has lush greenery surrounding a swimming pool and bar. The rooms are varied to suit your price range, from a basic room to an executive room with a balcony. There is also the option of camping if you are so inclined, with water and open fire facilities. It's a lovely place to stop off and the restaurant at the far end of the hotel does lovely food. camping with own text P100.
Emoyo Villa (A Francistown Guest House), Plot 21616, Tati River South (Molapo Estates 8oo metres after Adonsonia), ☏ +2672406854, ✉ Check-in: 19:00, check-out: 10:00. Emoyo Villa offers 7 en suite rooms in a serene neighborhood. All rooms are air conditioned with Satellite television. Contact us for additional services provided on site. Emoyo.
Marang Hotel, 2 km from downtown. The biggest hotel in Francistown. camping with your own tent is P70 per person.
Dumela Lodge. camping with own tent P70.

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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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