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About Francistown

Francistown is the famous mining town in Botswana. Francistown backpacking tours offer the ultimate way to experience Botswana.


Nearest Francistown airports are: • Sir Seretse Khama International - Gaborone Airport • Francistown Airport


Francistown has a diverse range of mostly non-endemic species spanning across the areas mostly savanna and desert or semi-desert habitats. Bird safaris are highly popular in Francistown, and the country offers some of the best bird watching experiences in southern Africa. Francistown bird life includes a number of birds of prey species.


There are no Francistown conservation projects to speak of aside from the Karma Rhino Sanctuary, however this dry little town has managed to preserve many sights from its former gold mining glory days, and visitors to the town can explore some of the old mines and historical sites.


Francistown plant life mostly consists of scrub and semi-arid vegetation regions, with savanna grasslands to be found in some areas. There are very little trees or flowering plants to be found in the town, and the scenery is rather bleak and sparse.

Safety Tips

• Francistown is very safe to travel • There is almost no crime, but to be on the safe side, keep valuables safe and out of sight • There can be livestock in the roads, which can also be bad in rainy season so drive carefully • Do not leave valuables in the car when you park

Travel Books

Travel books for Francistown include the following: • Botswana Globetrotter Travel Guide by Alan Brough • Botswana and Namibia by Lonely Planet • Botswana: Bradt Travel Guide by Chris McIntyre • Botswana: The Insider's Guide by Ian Michler


Francistown wildlife is not abundant, especially not compared to other key game areas in the country, however there are a number of small desert-dwelling rodents and mammals as well as large numbers of lizards, snakes and other reptiles to be found. The Karma Rhino Sanctuary offers good game viewing, while domestic livestock such as horses, donkeys and cattle can also be seen.


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