9th August 2016

By Wilbert R. Mutoko

Many people are keen to know what business opportunities are available in the country of Botswana. Having worked, counseled people, mentored business people and consulted for big organizations in Botswana for the past 14 years; I have seen the evolvement of the business environment, and I am glad to share my views. Although there are various business opportunities available in Botswana, for the sake of this series, I shall look at 100 opportunities. Nevertheless, I will present the opportunities in parts – each part consisting of 6 opportunities per time. I hope you will enjoy and get inspired to start and/or grow your business.

  1. Manufacturing leather products

Botswana is home to over two million cattle. This obviously presents business opportunities such as processing of meat for sale, butcheries, making leather bags and shoes; as well as making bone bi-products. If one approaches this business at a large scale, one could end up selling internationally. There is no reason why bi-products of cattle are not making big money currently – meat, bones, hides and horns.

  1. Manufacturing craft products.

People in Botswana and beyond are fond of using and wearing local and traditional craft products. These products include bangles, traditional clothes etc. One could earn a living from these products if one makes quality products and market well. Furthermore, tourists find these crafts quite attractive. So there is another market – particularly in areas that experience heavy tourist flow – Kasane, Maun etc.

  1. Tourism and hospitality

Botswana is naturally endowed with beauty. We have the Chobe National Park with safaris, elephants, camping, rivers and safari lodges; Tsodilo – with mountains, deserts, safaris, camping and painting; Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Tswapong Hills, Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi pans, Kalahari Desert. Nxai Pan National Park, Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, Kubu Island, Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Chobe River, etc.

As you would obviously expect, there are various opportunities emanating from Botswana’s beauty – lodges, camping equipment hire or sale, hotels, safari drive vehicles and transportation, taxis and cabs, you name them.

  1. Construction and Road Construction

Botswana is still expanding economically. This opens doors for building houses, offices, warehouses, and road construction. This means that there are opportunities for those that would like to do construction of infrastructure, and those that supply services and related products.

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  1. Molding Bricks and related products/services

Since there is a lot of construction going on in Botswana, you can be sure that there is high demand for bricks of all types, brick molding machines, cement, supply of sand, pillars, iron sheets etc. This also means that electricians, builders, plumbers etc. get more business.

  1. Agriculture and Horticulture

If you are interested in agriculture and/horticulture, Botswana presents huge opportunities for this kind of business. Most of our vegetables and chicken meat come all the way from South Africa and surrounding countries. Local farmers could easily tap into the market and supply butternuts, chicken, green leaf vegetables etc.

Botswana is also re-knowned for selling high grade beef within the country and abroad – as far as European Union. Local farmers could breed cattle, sell to local butchers and also to Botswana Meat Commission which sells both locally and abroad. Furthermore, goat meat is in short supply in the country. Thus, goat farmers can bridge the gap between goat meat lovers unmet demand and supermarkets shortages.

Furthermore, demand for flowers is high in hotels, lodges, funerals, and parties. Many of such flowers currently come from other countries. That is another opportunity right there.

I hope these opportunities inspire you. Watch out for 100 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN BOTSWANA – PART TWO. For more on business opportunities in Botswana and Africa, please visit our blog and follow us

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Wilbert R. Mutoko is an Author, Business Mentor, Financial Expert, Success Coach, Educator, and Motivational Speaker. He is based in Gaborone, Botswana for the past 14 years. Wilbert has authored ’15 Secrets for Personal Financial Success – A Simple Step-by-Step Plan for Financial Freedom’  and ‘What you have is Enough – How to become wildly successful in finance and business starting from where you are now.’ He has spoken and/or consulted in Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Kenya for organizations such as Barclays Bank, The British Council, Yarona FM, E-Botswana TV, Echo Newspaper, Lifeline Botswana, Churches, Colleges/Universities, Schools, and several government departments. Wilbert R. Mutoko can be reached on email:

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  1. Dib Youssef says:

    Hello Mr. Wilbert Mutoko,
    It is good to take your advices, and yes I am thinking to go to Gaborone – Botswana to open my contracting company, to work in construction and roads.

    But the question is that I am Canadian, and I must know the benefits of opening such as Business, and the financial result

    Accordingly, I must know if the business is free in Botswana, or, if there any difficult rules in transferring money from Botswana to Canada or to any other country located in Middle East.

    I will be thankful If you can help me having clear information about my questions

    I am waiting from you,

    Thank you for your time,

    Kind regards,
    Dib Youssef


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