Owning real estate in Botswana can come in many ways, simple plot allocation by land board
or by buying the property rights of already developed real estate. In rural areas, an application
for a plot is handed in at the responsible landlord and in as little as 3 months, a plot can be
allocated. The time period depends on how urbanized the place is. In cities, Francistown or Gaborone,
it takes a lifetime to be allocated a plot. The only viable option of owning real estate property in
cities is by buying developed plots.
The recent introduction of land registration, meant to keep track of who own what will hopefully allow Batswana citizens who doesn’t own real estate property to own some especially in cities. Considering the income distribution in Botswana, only a few Batswana can afford real estate property in cities.
In the meantime, it might be a good idea to apply for free plots in your home village. As more villages urbanize, it will be harder to own real estate property.