Francistown is pretty compact, with most hotels, restaurants and shopping facilities along or just off the oddly named Blue Jacket Street, which runs more or less north–south, parallel to the railway. The street acquired its name from prospector Sam Andersen – or, more specifically, in memory of his jacket! The town has a large hospital, a library, and various shopping malls and markets.
There are branches of the main banks, each with an ATM, on Blue Jacket Street: Barclays
Plot 6142, Blue Jacket St, PO Box 36, Francistown; tel: 241 3439First National Bank of Botswana
Plot 847, Blue Jacket St, P Bag F35, Francistown; tel: 241 3831/2National Development Bank
Tel: 241 2775Stanbic Bank Botswana
Ltd Francistown Mall; tel: 241 0455Standard Chartered
Plot 687/88 Blue Jacket St, PO Box 45 Francistown; tel: 213452
There is an internet café, Ibis Internet
(tel: 241 2520), at the Village Mall.
Tourist information is available from the tourist centre at the Supa-Ngwao Museum (tel: 240 3088).
Francistown has a large hospital
on the left of the airport road leading out of town, and a clinic, the Pana Medical Consultation Clinic (tel: 241 5351) on Monind Street. For pharmacies
, try Pharma North at Ntote House, Blue Jacket Street (tel: 241 0877/881), or the Phodisong Pharmacy which has branches in both Francistown Mall (tel: 241 3943) and the Millennium Centre (tel: 241 6624).
A handful of tour operators are based in Francistown:Africa under Canvas
PO Box 1241, Francistown; tel: 7130 3411; email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org; web: www.africaundercanvas.com. Despite the Francistown address, they operate out of Maun, with luxury safaris into all national parks.John Chase Safaris
PO Box 444, Francistown; tel: 241 3280, mobile: 7130 2400/1; email: email@example.comUncharted Africa Safari
Co PO Box 173, Francistown; tel: 241 2277; fax: 241 3458; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; web: www.unchartedafrica.co.bw