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Botswana border posts crossing guide

If you’re planning a self-drive adventure to (or from) Botswana, then you'll be happy to know that we've created this Botswana border posts crossing guide just for you. Before we jump into the border post locations, we'd like to offer a snippet of advice. If you're not a fan of queues then rather put in the time and take the scenic route to one of the smaller border crossings. After all, travel is about the journey, not the destination.

Botswana Border Posts' Locations

Namibia - Botswana Border Posts

Namibia Border Post Opening Hours Contact Number GPS Coordinates
Mamuno/Buitepos   07:00 - 18:00 6592013/6592064 22°16’93”S 19°59’48”E
06:00 - 18:00 6875505 18°15’642”S 021°45’719”E
Ngoma Bridge  07:00 - 18:00 6236002/6250736 17°55’538”S 024°43’244”E
Impalila Island 07:00 - 18:00 71303418 17°45’52”S 025°11’30”E

Zambia - Botswana Border Posts

Zambia Border Post Opening Hours Contact Number GPS Coordinates
Kazungula Ferry 06:00 - 18:00  2150420/651717 17°47’625”S 025°15’737”E

Zimbabwe - Botswana Border Posts

Zimbabwe Border Post Opening Hours Contact Number GPS Coordinates
Kazungula Road  06:00 - 18:00 2150320 17°48’911”S 025°15’715”E
Pandamatenga  08:00 - 16:00 6232029 18°32’949”S 025°37’593”E
Ramokgwebana - Plum Tree 07:00 - 20:00 2489266 25°38’319”S 025°34’440”E
Matsiloje - Mphoengs 06:00 - 18:00 2483205  
Maitengwe 06:00 - 18:00 2986272  

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South Africa - Botswana Border Posts

South Africa Border Post Opening Hours Contact Number GPS Coordinates
Pont Drift - Mashatu 07:00 - 16:00 015-575 1056 22°12′53″S  29°08′18″E
Platjan   08:00 - 16:00 015-575 1040 22°29′08″S 28°50′01″E
Zanzibar  08:00 - 16:00 014-767 1024 22°34′19″S 28°27′59″E
Groblersbrug / Martin's Drift    08:00 - 18:00 014-767 1019 22°59′53″S 27°56′31″E
Parr's Halt - Stockpoort B  08:00 - 18:00 014-763 4586 23°24′10″S 27°21′24″E
Sikwane - Derdepoort B   06:00 - 19:00 014-778 0725 24°38′33″S 26°24′13″E
Tlokweng Gate - Kopfontein  06:00 - 00:00 018-365 9055 24°42′23″S 26°05′38″E
Ramotswa - Swartkoppie   06:00 - 22:00 018-365 9010 24°52′21″S 25°52′57″E
Pioneer Gate - Skilpadshek    06:00 - 00:00 018-366 0011 25°16′32″S 25°42′50″E
Ramatlabama  06:00 - 22:00 018-390 2533 25°38′31″S 25°34′27″E
Phitshane Molopo   07:00 - 16:00 067-548 7204 25°44′55″S 25°06′27″E
Bray   07:00 - 16:00 053-937 0026 25°27′24″S 23°42′51″E
Makopong    08:00 - 18:00 053-922 Ask Vorstershoop 2011 25°21′55″S 22°58′29″E
McCarthy's Rust   08:00 - 18:00 053-781 0285 26°12′05″S 22°34′04″E
Middleputs 07:30 - 16:00 053-781 0212 26°40′14″S 21°52′57″E

Helpful Botswana Border Crossing Info

The most exciting Botswana border crossing

Pontdrift is arguably the most exciting of the Botswana border posts to cross. During the dry season, when the Limpopo River is not flowing (typically anywhere between June and November) you can drive across the sandy riverbed – nothing 4x4 tyres (and adjusting the pressure accordingly) can't handle.

Zebra Crossing in Botswana

Above: Zebras can be seen roaming the plains of Botswana.

Documents needed to cross Botswana's border posts

Visa requirements: Citizens of some African countries won’t need a visa for crossing a Botswana border post, but if you’re travelling with an emergency passport or any other kind of travelling document, you will require a visa.

Driver's license: South African and international driver’s licenses are accepted.

Vehicle insurance: Third-party insurance (at P50) is required and is valid for 90 days.

Vehicle registration documents: If the vehicle is rented, not registered in your name, or not yet fully paid, you will need an affidavit from the police giving you permission from the rental company, financial institution, or owner to take the vehicle across a Botswanan border post. Both this letter and the registration documents need to be signed by a Commissioner of Oaths.

Clearance certificate: You need a temporary import permit (TIP) to bring a vehicle into Botswana. You can buy this at the Botswana border post.

Indication of origin: You will need a country of origin sticker for your vehicle, indicating the country it's registered in.

Important Botswana Numbers

Emergency numbers

  • Police - 999
  • Ambulance - 997
  • Fire - 998

Lilac-brested roller peering out over Botswana border posts. Or not.

Above: Botswana's national bird, the Lilac-breasted Roller can be spotted after crossing a border post into Botswana.

Useful Botswana road trip information

Fuel: Leaded and unleaded petrol and diesel are readily available at petrol stations in Botswana.

Health: No inoculations are required, but hepatitis A and tetanus shots are advisable. To ensure you stay healthy while travelling in Africa, you will need prophylactic Malaria treatment as the risk in Botswana is high. 

Currency: Botswana's currency is the Pula.

Cost of crossing Botswana border post

  • P50 for a single entry and P90 for a return trip
  • P20 for road fund tax (disc must be displayed, valid for one year)
  • P20 per trailer and P50 for third-party insurance

In other words, you should budget for about P180 for a return trip across one of Botswana's border posts.


You may have goods to the value of R500 within the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) area, and outside the SACU area you may have goods to the value of R3 000.

This can include up to two litres of wine, one litre of spirits or other liquor, 200 cigarettes, 20 cigars, 250 g tobacco, 50 ml perfume and 250 ml eau de toilette.

As far as meat is concerned, regulations change regularly, so it would be best to enquire at the customs office before trying to import meat. If you do have an import permit, you may bring in the following for private use:

  • Red meat: 25 kg per family
  • Poultry: 5 kg per person
  • Tinned poultry: 20 kg per person

Remember, no pork whatsoever is allowed across Botswana's border.

A detailed list of produce import regulations can be found on the Botswana Tourism website.

Hippos await - cross Botswana's border to discover Africa!

Above: Hippos can be found throughout the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

Armed with this Botswana border posts information you should be feeling prepared to explore this beautiful country. Along with your camera and journal, don’t forget to take along an open mind and adventurous spirit. Welcome Africa with a smile and she is sure to smile back.

Teresa Huyzers

Teresa Huyzers Title: Blog Contributor
Affiliation: Drive South Africa Blog

Teresa loves to travel. Experiencing countless childhood road trips from the Southernmost tip of Africa to the lush tropics of Limpopo is where it all began. Even though a piece of her heart now lives in Florence, Italy, her love for Africa keeps her passion for travel and writing alive from her home in Cape Town, South Africa.

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  1. Gravatar michael says:

    I need help n I’ll be hppy to find one,my name is michael sambu n I bought a vehicle wit botswana reg no an I struggle to change it,so may u pls hlp me

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  2. Gravatar Dave Shipman says:


    I am travelling through Botswana into Namibia (Pioneer Gate and Buitepos) and returning same route in August and just wanted to know if Botswana border control accept SA Rands to pay for visa, licence etc?

    Dave Shipman

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  3. Gravatar Asanda says:

    Dear Dave

    Thank you for your enquiry. You always have to carry your driver’s licence with you whenever you drive. Please keep in mind that we are a booking agent and cannot give precise payment options for each country during border crossings. You might be able to use your card wherever the VISA/Mastecard sign is displayed if your card is a Visa card/ Mastercard but we’d advise on using cash wherever possible. You might also like to double check with your bank if you would be able to use your cards as you travel, sometimes you might not be able to make payments internationally without the banking knowing.

    For more information & assistance, you can contact the Namibia consulate. Their information is below:
    Tel: 012 481 9100
    Fax: 012 344 5998 / 012 343 7294
    Office Hours: 08:30-1700

    Botswana consulate:
    Physical address: Braamfontein
    Johannesburg 2017
    South Africa
    Postal Address: PO Box 32051
    Tel Local: (011) 403.3748
    InternationalL: +27 11 403 3748
    Fax Local: (011) 403 1384
    Fax International: +27 11 403 1384

    We hope this information helps. Good luck with your journey.

    If you require any assistance with the planning of your trip, please let us know and we would be glad to assist. :)

    Warm Regards,

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  4. Gravatar E Liversage says:

    11 August 2014. Referring to fuel, is 50 ppm diesel available in Botswana and if so where. Modern vehicles may not use 500 ppm diesel.

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Good day E Liversage

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Great question. 50ppm diesel is becoming more popular, but it is still very scarce in Botswana and Namibia. Some of the big petro companies like Shell and Puma have it, but the supply isn’t regular so it is difficult to pin down a few places that definitely have it. We’d hate to advise you on a supplier only for them to be out of stock when you get there. There is quite a discussion about your question here:

      If you are worried about taking your own car because of the diesel quality, you can always rent a vehicle with us. We offer 4x4’s in Botswana and Namibia that can safely use 500ppm diesel. Feel free to contact us for a quote just to see how it compares.

      Thank you & Best Regards,

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  5. Gravatar BELINDA says:

    To whom it may concern

              Please can you assist us in the following matter

    We a company that’s based in South Africa, our distributors that sell our products are all over the borders.
    We have a vehicle incentive program whereby the distributors can qualify for a vehicle for the period of two years.
    We lease our vehicle’s through the bank and then they get registered on the company name and they have GP number plates

    Now our question is:

    When the person stays in Namibia and she has qualified for this vehicle, and she can drive it for two years.
    Which documentation do we need to send the vehicle across the border?
    Is there any amount that we need to pay?
    Will there be any problems for the driver to drive a GP vehicle in Swaziland – if there is please can you advise

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Dear Belinda

      Thanks for your enquiry. We’re glad you found our blog post on Border Crossings. Unfortunately we aren’t experts on using vehicles for business across borders. When dealing with rental vehicles, our suppliers sort out any necessary documentation and insurance and the vehicles are set to be returned at a certain point in time.

      What we can tell you is that every time you cross the border, you temporarily import the vehicle into the neighbouring country. Each has its own set of rules for how long you can do this based on your intention i.e. holiday or business.

      We suggest that you contact the embassies for the countries you intend to enter to get the most up to date information from them directly.

      Thank you and all the best.

      Drive South Africa

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  6. Gravatar Thabo says:


    I live in the USA, but I am a citizen of Botswana. I would be flying into SA this December (for holidays) and wanted to rent a car one-way from SA, but drop-it off in Gaborone, Botswana. Do you guys have that service/option or what are the rules with other car rental companies..?

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Dear Thabo

      A selection of the vehicle fleet are allowed to cross the South African Border to Botswana.  An estimated cost for a One-Way Rental will be the R1,300.00 Cross Border Permit Fee plus the International One-Way Fee of R 2,070.00.

      Please feel free to forward us your rental requirements and dates to in order for us to prepare a quotation for you.

      Kind regards

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