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Are credit cards widely accepted and safe to use locally? Are ATMs common and do you recommend using them? Are they safe to use?

Yes. I used my credit card at gas stations, restaurants, and supermarkets regularly and never had issues. Be very careful, though, when visiting neighboring countries, particularly South Africa. - Apr 30, 2017
All are useful and safe. - Jul 8, 2016
Both are relatively safe here, but most that accept credit cards use the chipped cards. - Mar 2, 2015
Credit cards are used ok. We have not used ATMs here. Usually we carry cash or credit card. - Oct 12, 2014
ATMs are generally safe. I used ATMs regularly. I would just say stick to ATMs that are in lit areas after dark. I don't remember anyone having any issues with card skimming. - Nov 24, 2013
Fine to use them. - Jul 27, 2013
Both are widely used and accepted. - Apr 22, 2013
It's very easy to live in Botswana!Almost every store takes credit cards and ATM cards and it is safe and reliable to use them here. Beware however when traveling to South Africa-- where credit card fraud is common!There are ATMs in all the major cities in Botswana should you need cash, and it is safe to use them. - Jun 6, 2010