About Botswana Pula (BWP)
The Pula (BWP) is the currency of Botswana. Interestingly, Pula literally means "rain" in Setswana, because rain is very scarce in Botswana and is therefore valuable and considered a blessing! Although Botswana became independant in 1966, the Pula didn’t come into play until 1976. Before 1976 the South African Rand was the currency used. The Pula is one of the strongest currencies on the continent, and, although there was a slight devaluation in 2005, the currency has remained relatively consistent. Denominations for coins include 5, 10, 25, 50 in Thebe (Thebe being the sub-unit of the Pula), and 1, 2, and 5 in Pula. Banknote denominations include 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 Pula.