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City Francistown

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Located in Botswana :: Eastern Botswana/Tuli :: Francistown
Category: Places :: City

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The first European to arrive in the Francistown area was the missionary Robert Moffat, who travelled to nearby Nyangabgwe village. In 1867, prospector Karl Mauch discovered gold along the Tati River and this led to southern Africa’s first gold rush, with prospectors arriving from as far afield as America and Australia.

In 1869, Daniel Francis, director of the Tati Concessions Company, established the town. It had just one street which ran parallel to the 'Cape to Cairo' railway line - this was initiated by Cecil John Rhodes as a vital link between Britain’s southern and northern colonies. The town was named after Francis and grew rapidly; but it was discovered that the gold reefs were very narrow, making it expensive for individual prospectors to mine so they soon left for more lucrative opportunities.

The Great Depression of the 30s hit the town hard but its central location on the main road and railway line through Botswana propped up the town's economy thanks to cross-border trading with Zimbabwe. The town continued to grow and became a city in 1997, the second oldest city in Botswana after Gaborone.

Contact [ correction ]
Address : Francistown Tourism Office, Plot 316 Shop D5 & D6, C.B.D, Ground floor of Diggers Inn Hotel, Francistown, Eastern Botswana/Tuli, Botswana.
Postal : Francistown Tourism Office, P.O. Box 301236, Francistown, Eastern Botswana/Tuli, Botswana.
Contact : Francistown Tourism Office
Tel : +267 24 401 13
Fax : +267 24 401 20
Email : Click Here
Host Website : Click Here
Cellphone Reception : Good Main Cellular Network : Mascom. Orange. Be Mobile

Directions [ correction ]

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Destination Information [ correction ]
Police Station : Yes   Police Telephone : +267 242 3000
Hospital : Yes   Hospital Telephone : +267 241 1000
Doctor : Yes   Doctor Telephone : +267 241 9044
Tourist Information : Yes   Tourist Information Telephone : +267 244 0113
Petrol : Yes   Petrol Type : LRP/ ULP   Petrol Price Index : BWP9.60 ( Feb-15)
Diesel : Yes   Diesel Price Index : BWP9.78 ( Feb-15)
Towing Service : Yes   Towing Service Telephone: +267 72 544 682 / +267 318 8604
Facilities : Gas Refill, Shopping Mall, Shopping Centre, Shops, General Dealer, Bank, ATM, Foreign Exchange, Internet Cafe, Tour Services, Lodging, Camping, Butchery, Bakery, Liquor, Restaurant, Pharmacy, Airport, Car Rental, Tyre Repair, Tyre Sales, Mechanical Repair

Facilities [ correction ]
Other Facilities : Sports Club. Auto Dealer. Court. Prison. Mine/Quarry. Fast Food. Wholesale Services. Government Services.

Activities [ correction ]
Game Viewing, Game Drives, Night Drives, Quad Bikes, 4WD Trails, Tours and Excursions, Picnics, Hiking Trails, Guided Walks, Mountain Biking, Donkey Cart Drives, Golf, Fishing, Swimming, Bird Watching, Hot-air Balloon Flights, Stargazing
Notes on Activities: (Some activities may be offered nearby).

Travelling Information

The contact number for the police station is for the Central Police stations in Francistown. Another Police Station number in town is +267 241 2231.

Another alternate doctor number is: +267 241 7716. (Oct-17).

There is no embassy in Francistown. All embassies are based in the capital city Gaborone. (Jan-2015).

Fuel is supplied by big petrol companies like Puma, Shell, Engen and Total so all types of fuel is available.

There is currently no craft market in Francistown, but there is a food market. (Jan-2015).

Francistown is a busy but organised town, and boasts everything a traveller may need. Accommodation ranges from budget camping to upmarket hotels, and there are good restaurants and shopping malls.
Francistown is also a good spot to exchange money, draw cash etc. before heading up north, like to Chobe etc.

Tow in is provided by WestStar Towing, you can reach them on cell: +267 72 544 682; landline: +267 318 8604. (After hours: +267 39 3 14 79). (Oct-2017).

 Travel Tip!

The Cresta Marang Hotel offers camping in town on lush green lawns; the Woodlands Stopover, 15km north of Francistown, will appeal more to the nature lovers.

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