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South Africa Border Crossing Guide

South African Border Crossing Essentials:

1. Passport and Visas 

South African passport holders resident to South Africa do not require a visa to visit Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland. However, should you be travelling with an emergency travel document, other than your South African passport, for one or other reason you will require a visa to enter Botswana. Visa applications can be made to the Botswana Consulate in Braamfontein: TEL +27(0) 11 403 3748

2. Driver's License 

The South African driver's license is recognised in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland.

3. International Driver's Permit

Although not compulsory this is recommended for everyone driving in foreign countries.

4. ZA Sticker 

If you’re travelling from South Africa across borders vehicles should bear a ZA sticker which designates that they are foreign vehicles from South Africa. AA Accredited Sales Agent stores and outdoor retailers like Safari Centre will have them available for purchase.

5. White and Red Reflective Tape

In Zimbabwe - two small white rectangular size strips on the right and left hand side of the front bumper, as well as two small red square strips on the right and left hand side of the rear bumper is required. If towing a trailer, two small red  square strips on the right and left hand side of the rear bumper are required.

6. Yellow and Blue Mozambique Warning Triangle

In Mozambique a set of two yellow and blue warning triangle stickers are required if towing a trailer; one in the front of the vehicle (on the bumper) and one on the rear of the trailer.

7. Vehicle Registration/Vehicle License Papers  

A certified copy of vehicle registration/vehicle lisense papers is acceptable at the border posts. Must be accompanied with a letter from the bank giving you authorisation to take the vehicle across the border, and must indicate dates. Both the bank letter and license papers should be signed by a Commissioner of Oaths. If you are not the registered owner of the vehicle, please carry an affidavit from the police giving you authorisation from the financial institution/owner to take the vehicle abroad.

8.  Police Clearance Certificate

A Police Clearance Certificate may be required if travelling through the Chirundu Border Post of Zimbabwe, both for vehicles and trailers.

9. Letter of authority

If you are travelling in a rented car or 4x4 across borders, you have to have a letter from the rental company giving you permission to take the vehicle out of the country. You do not need police clearance for this.

Vehicle and Border Post info:

Namibia-South Africa Border Crossings

  • The road users’ fee is R220 for a normal car with an additional amount of R140 for a trailer or a camper
  • You can pay with South African rands, Namibian dollars or a credit card 
  • We strongly advise that you take cash in case the card machines are offline

Currency: Namibian Dollar (NAD)


Namibia Border Posts

Namibia Border Post South Africa Border Post Opening Hours Contact Number GPS Coordinates
Oranjemund Alexander Bay 06:00 - 22:00 +27(0) 831 1662 28.5647°S 16.5036°E
Sendelingsdrift Sendelingsdrift 8:00 - 17:00 +27(0) 831 2203 28.1227°S 16.8889°E
Noordoewer Vioolsdrift 24 hrs +27(0) 761 8760 28.7656°S 17.6262°E
Vellorsdrift Onseepkans 08:00-17:00 +27(0) 549 51 0014 28.7345°S 19.3056°E
Ariamsvlei Nakop 24 hrs +27(0) 54571 0008 28.0949°S 19.9992°E
Klein Menasse Rietfontein 08:00-16:30 +27(0) 54531 0084 26.7564°S 19.9992°E

Botswana-South Africa Border Crossings

  • Road Transport Permit - P40 (Pula) +- R44
  • National Road Safety - P20 - valid for a calendar year (up to 31 December) P20 will also be charged on a trailer
  • Third-Party Insurance - P50 - motor vehicle insurance (mini buses and buses will pay a higher fee)
  • Temporary Import Permit (This form will be issued at the border post on entry)

Currency: Pula (BWP)

Botswana Border Posts

Botswana –Border Post South Africa- Border Post Opening Hours Contact Number GPS Coordinates
Two Rivers Twee Rivieren 07:30-16:00 +27(0) 54561 0093 26.4701°S 20.6156°E
Bokspits Gemsbok 08:00-16:30 +27(0) 54511 0043 26.9044°S 20.6904°E
Middleputs Middelputs 07:30-16:30 +27(0) 53781 0212 26.6705°S 21.8826°E
McCarthy’s Rest McCarthy’s Rest 08:00-18:00 +27(0) 53781 0285 26.2015°S 22.5679°E
Makopong Makopong 08:00-18:00 +27(0) 53922 ask for Vorstershoop 2011 25.3653°S 22.9747°E
Bray Bray 07:00-16:00 +27(0) 53937 0026 25.4566°S 23.7141°E
Pitsane Molopo Makgobistad 07:00-16:00   25.7485°S 25.1076°E
Ramatlabama Ramatlabama 06:00-22:00 +27(0) 18390 2533 25.6419°S 25.5742°E
Pioneer Gate Skilpadshek 06:00-24:00 +27(0) 18366 0011 25.2756°S 25.7138°E
Ramotswa Swartkopfontein 06:00-22:00 +27(0) 18365 9010 24.8725°S 25.8826°E
Tlokweng Kopfontein 06:00-24:00 +27(0) 18365 9055 24.7064°S 26.0939°E
Sikwane Derdepoort 06:00-19:00 +27(0) 14778 0725 24.6426°S 26.4035°E
Parr’s Halt Stockpoort 08:00-1800 +27(0) 14763 4586 23.4027°S 27.3567°E
Martin’s Drift Groblersbrug 08:00-18:00 +27(0) 14767 1019 22.9981°S 27.9419°E
Zanzibar Zanzibar 08:00-16:00 +27(0) 14767 1024 22.5719°S 28.4663°E
Platjan Platjan 08:00-16:00 +27(0) 15575 1040 22.4855°S 28.8337°E
Pontdrift Pontdrift 08:00-16:00 +27(0) 15575 1056 22.2148°S 29.1382°E

Zimbabwe-South Africa Border Crossings

  • Third-Party Insurance (Compulsory) - obtained at border post for R225 or at an AA Accredited Sales Agent store
  • Road Access Fee - based on the vehicle's size paid on entry only. Rates: R60 for a small sedan, R270 for a large 4x4
  • Beitbridge Border Post Fee - R100
  • Exit Pass- R70 at each exit
  • Carbon Pollution Tax: Depends on engine capacity; fees start from R60 up to R270 (valid for 30 days)

Currency: Dollar (USD)

Zimbabwe Border Posts

Zimbabwe Border Post South Africa Border Post Opening Hours Contact Number GPS Coordinates
Beitbridge Beitbridge 24 hrs +27(0) 15530 0070 22.2243°S 29.9865°E

Mozambique-South Africa Border Crossings

  • Temporary Import Permit for vehicle (Compulsory) - approximately R15 payable in Meticals 
  • Third-Party Insurance (Compulsory) - available at any AA Accredited Sales Agent store; R160 (valid for 30 days)
  • Immigration Fees - R17.50 per person
  • Declaration Form for vehicle - cost is approximately R50

Currency: Metical (MZM) but Rand currency is acceptable in Mozambique.

Mozambique Border Posts

Mozambique Border Post South Africa Border Post Opening Hours Contact Number GPS Coordinates
Pafuri Pafuri 08:00-16:00 +27(0) 13 735 6882 22.4490°S 31.3157°E
Giriyonda Giriyonda 08:00-16:00 Oct-March 08:00-15:00 April-Sept +27(0) 13 735 8919 23.5840°S 31.6600°E
Ressano Garcia Lebombo 06:00-24:00 +27(0) 13 793 7311 25.4431°S 31.9867°E
Ponta do Ouro Kosi Bay 08:00-16:00 +27(0) 35 593 9871 26.8643°S 32.8293°E

Above: Kosi border post in Mozambique. Photo by: Andrew Ashton

Swaziland-South Africa Border Crossings

  • Third-Party Insurance - included in the fuel price; no document required
  • Road Tax - R50 payable for vehicles, 14% tax charged on goods brought in for personal use with no charge on the first R1 000; charge is applicable on an excess of R1 000 and is non-refundable.

Currency: Lilangeni (SZL)

Swaziland Border Posts

Swaziland Border Post South Africa Border Post Opening Hours Contact Number GPS Coordinates
Mananga Mananga 07:00-18:00 +27(0) 13790 7075 25.9331°S 31.7613°E
Matsamo Jeppe's Reef 07:00-20:00 +27(0) 13781 0382 25.7507°S 31.4676°E
Bulembu Josefsdal 08:00-16:00 +27(0) 13712 3891 25.9446°S 31.1215°E
Ngwenya Oshoek 07:00-22:00 +27(0) 17882 0138/9 26.2125°S 30.9892°E
Lundzi Waverley 08:00-16:00 +27(0) 17819 5763 26.3275°S 30.8885°E
Sandlane Nerston 08:00-18:00 +27(0) 17846 9207 26.5697°S 30.7918°E
Sicunusa Emahlathini 08:00-18:00 +27(0) 17826 0941 26.8605°S 30.9084°E
Gege Bothashoop 08:00-16:00 +27(0) 17826 0400 26.9737°S 30.9684°E
Mahamba Mahamba 07:00-22:00 +27(0) 17826 0076 27.1055°S 31.0691°E
Salitje Onverwacht 08:00-18:00 +27(0) 34413 1380 27.3162°S 31.6438°E
Golela Lavumisa 07:00-22:00 +27(0) 34435 1070 27.3172°S 31.8884°E

Lesotho-South Africa Border Crossings

  • Toll fees – determined by the weight of your vehicle. +-R30

Currency: Loti (LSL)

Lesotho Border Posts

Lesotho Border Post South Africa Border Post Opening Hours Contact Number GPS Coordinates
Maseru Bridge Maseru Bridge 24 hrs +27(0) 51 924 4300 29.2980°S 27.4546°E
Peka Bridge Peka Bride 08:00-16:00 +27(0) 51 933 3951 28.9450°S 27.7344°E
Maputsoe Ficksburg Bridge 24 hrs +27(0) 51 933 2760 28.8839°S 27.8903°E
Caledonspoort Caledonspoort 06:00-22:00 +27(0) 58 223 8400 28.6948°S 28.2339°E
Montansa Pass Montansa Pass 08:00-16:00 +27(0) 58 713 1600 28.5902°S 28.6826°E
Sani Pass Sani Pass 08:00-16:00 +27(0) 33 702 1169 29.5847°S 29.2863°E
Ramatsilitso Ramatsilitso 08:00-16:00 +27(0) 39 256 4443 30.0502°S 28.9339°E
Qacha's Nek Quacha's Nek 06:00-10:00 +27(0) 39 256 4391 30.1297°S 28.6856°E
Ongeluksnek Ongeluksnek 08:00-16:00 +27(0) 39 256 7001 30.3383°S 28.2519°E
Tele Bridge Tele bridge 06:00-22:00 +27(0) 51 611 1710 30.4319°S 27.5673°E
Makhaleng Bridge Makhaleng Bridge 08:00-16:00 +27(0) 51 673 1484 30.1641°S 27.3996°E
Sepapus Gate Sepapus Gate 08:00-16:00 +27(0) 52 332, ask for 190 29.9476°S 27.1993°E
Van Rooyen's Gate Van Rooyen's Gate 06:00-22:00 +27(0) 51 583 1525 29.7560°S 27.1091°E

Above: Lesotho boder post. Photo by: Mark Turner

Quick Border Post Tips:

Border posts can be daunting, confusing and may even frustrate you but no worries, follow these tips and you will sail on through with no problems.

1. Make a folder for all your important documents to prevent unnecessary loss and stress.

2. Get all your documents in order ready to hand in to the border official.

3. Be patient and smile – always be polite and co-operate, this will help make the procedure go smoothly without annoying the person who has the power to give you access.

4. Ask for the maximum amount of days possible – you could end up stuck in the middle of nowhere with a flat tyre and not be able to return in time.

5. Don’t overstay your time; this will lead to problems at the border when trying to leave.

6. Make sure your passport has enough empty pages for the necessary stamps.

7. Keep a few pens with you, there are never enough at the border posts, it will help you fill out the paperwork faster without having to wait.Now go enjoy your travels on the roads of Africa!

Guest post author:

Jezemae Cogan harbours a passion for exploring her home country of South Africa and beyond. With an eagerness to write, Jezemae enjoys capturing and sharing, moments and information gathered from her adventures, with fellow travellers. Working for Discover South Africa, Jezamae has the opportunity to do what she loves as her 9 to 5.

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  4. Gravatar jill nyelele says:

    I intend to travel to Namibia through Botswana, enter at Skilpadshek and exit at Buitepos via the A2 the same day. I have a number of questions to ask:

    1. What costs are involved to enter Botswana - and can I pay in Rand?
    2. What costs are involved to enter Namibia - and can I pay in Rand?
    3. What vehicle documents and Stickers do I need?
    4. In both countries - how can I pay for Fuel? I have an ABSA VISA CREDIT CARD and an ABSA GARAGE CARD
    5. How can I pay a Restaurant for a Meal in Botswana (e.g. in Kang)?
    6. How can I pay for Accommodation and Meals in Namibia?
    7. Can I take a Video Camera, Laptop and Cell Phone and do I need to declare such Items?
    8. If I need to withdraw cash, how can I do it as an ABSA Client?

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Hi Bernd & Jill

      Thank you both for your enquiries.

      The list of things you would need to pay for at the border is in the blog above and on this website:

      The Namibian currency is locked onto the South African rand. You may pay for anything in Namibia with rands, just remember to change back your Namibian currency before your return as you might not be able to pay for anything in South Africa with Namibian currency.

      You might be able to use your ABSA 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 would have to declare anything that they would ask you to declare as you cross the border and provide your passport to prove that you are travelling/ passing through. You will pay for petrol and other things using cash or card depending which one is accepted where you will be paying at the time. 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 bank knowing.

      We hope this helps and wish you well in your travels. If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us.
      Thank you.

      Best Regards,

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  5. Gravatar Edward Nyanyiwa says:

    I am a South African resistant I had crossed the Beitbredge boarder post on the 04/August 2013 driving Zimbabwean registered vehicle , I produce a letter of authority, Ownership document and I provided with TD1 , TIP permit by immigration official.  On the 27/November 2013 , the SARS Technical Intervention Units official detained the vehicle for investigation and the 12/March 2014 they decided to seize the vehicle, the reason: the vehicle was driving without a TIP ,they said the TIP was for the Gearbox only.

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    1. Gravatar Renier van Schalkwyk says:

      Hi Edward

      We’re sorry to hear about this unfortunate turn of events for you. We are not legal experts so it would be irresponsible for us to speculate on how to approach this situation. We suggest you get yourself legal help so sort this out in the correct manner.

      Best of luck

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      1. Gravatar Piet wildeneest says:

        Unprofessional @renier

        Edward? U got it sorted out?

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  6. Gravatar Musiiwa Eunice Seluka says:

    Good day,
    I am travelling/driving to Swaziland next week, intending to use Oshoek border.  I have obtained a vehicle letter from the bank authorising me and the 2nd driver. i have also bought the ZA sticker and we have valid passports.  is there anything that i must prepare? will i be able to use my FNB card in Swaziland?

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Hi Musiiwa

      Thank you for visiting our site. You may use the list above as your checklist to ensure that you have everything you need with you. Make sure you have certified copies of all your travel documents in case the officials want to retain them for their admin purposes.

      General tips on travelling Swaziland from suggest that the Kingdom has got its own currency - the Swazi Emalangeni. The currency is en-par with the South African rand, which is also accepted everywhere in the country.

      Be reminded that if you do get your hands on local currency, try and spend it in the country to avoid struggles to exchange it to anything else later; even in South Africa.

      There are ATMs in the cities and you may use a VISA &/ or Mastercard but it is advised to use cash whenever you can.

      We hope this helps. Enjoy your journey.

      Warm Regards,

      Reply to this comment
  7. Gravatar elaine ferreira says:

    Hi.  Can you please help me with a sample of an affidavit to take a company vehicle over the borders of namibia, botswana and zimbabwe

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  8. Gravatar Iona Kraftt says:

    Hi there

    We are crossing into Botswana from South Africa, can we take any meat etc.
    From Botswana we are crossing into Zim, what is the max fuel/diesel and food allowance, from Zim we are going into Moz, once again what are the requirements on feul and food, as well as the crossing from Moz into Malawi. Can anyone help ?

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Dear Lona

      Thank you for your enquiry via our Drive South Africa site.

      According to the Botswana customs, 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. 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:

      This is where you can find Zimbabwe border posts & customs information:

      General information on Mozambique border post where it is specified that animals are not allowed:

      And here are some Mozambique guidelines for importers: Importer Guidelines.pdf

      Here is the Malawi customs & excise form: and Excise form.pdf

      Here is a general crossing guide for Botswana Border Posts:

      Here is more information on border posts crossing into or from South Africa:

      Always get all your documents in order & ready to hand in to the border official.

      We hope this helps & all the best with your travels.

      Thank you.

      Best Regards,

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  9. Gravatar Solomon Mhlanga says:

    Thanks very much for this valuable information. People may also visit:

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  10. Gravatar martin says:

    I am in Namibia on a 2 year work permit. I have a vehicle (financed and i have owned it for more than a year) in south africa that I would like to drive up to Namibia
    I have heard that you need to pay a 16.5% “import” a vehicle. Will this be the case? Is there any other documentation thay I will require to cross the border?

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Dear martin

      Thank you for visiting our site. Unfortunately we are only a booking agent and we can’t offer any advice on this matter. We would advise that you contact the Namibian customs office directly.

      CBC (Cross-border charges): +264 6329 7095
      Customs: +264 6328 0023
      Noordoewer Border Post: +264 6329 7147
      Customs Windhoek (For Carnets): Tel: +264 61 209 2060 / 2424
      Roads Authority Namibia: +264 61 284 7215
      SA Representative: Tel: +264 612 057 111

      Or maybe the tourism office may be able to assist you:
      Namibia Tourism: +27 (021) 422-3298
      Namibia Tourist Office: +264 61 290 600

      We hope this helps & we wish you all the best.

      Thank you.

      Best Regards

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  11. Gravatar Nadine says:


    We will be driving from the North Coast through Swaziland to Crocodile Bridge on Saturday, to kick off the Lebombo Eco Trail on Sunday morning.

    We have done all the shopping for the trip at home and intend taking everything with us.  Will they allow us to take our food and beverages across the border into Swaziland, and back into South Africa?

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Dear Nadine

      Thank you for contacting Drive South Africa. We’ve gathered some advice for you, keeping in mind that we are a booking agent and cannot give legal advice on customs or cross border information. The link below has more information regarding importing into Swaziland:

      Swaziland Border Procedures:
      Please see attached document from Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries for more information regarding importing into South Africa from Swaziland.

      Alternatively you may contact the Swaziland consulate office. Please see contact details below:

      Pretoria Office
      715 Government Avenue
      Tel: +27 12 344 1910/17/25
      Fax: +27 12 343 0455
      Office Hours: 0830 - 1630  

      Johannesburg Office
      Forum 7, Braampark
      33 Hoofd Street
      Tel: +27 11 403 2050/2026
      Fax: +27 11 403 7473
      Office Hours: 0830 - 1630

      We hope this helps. Enjoy your journey.

      Thank you.

      Warm Regards,

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  12. Gravatar Yolanda Du Plessis says:

    ABSA Vehicle Finance Cross Border Letters:
    Contact ABSA Vehicle Finance at 0860 669 669 - speak to a consultant, they will assist with your cross border letter over the phone and email it with the vehicle’s registration papers to you within a day or two.

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Thanks for your comment Yolanda.

      This is a great tip for people self-driving their own vehicles across our borders.

      You must have a certified copy of your vehicle licence when you cross a border. If you’ve financed your vehicle then you’d need the bank to send you these documents and a letter as proof that you own the vehicle.

      A licence renewal paper is not acceptable.

      Border officials will try and catch you out on any detail, so be prepared.

      For our readers, here are some other major vehicle finance companies numbers:
      ABSA: 0860 669 669
      Wesbank: 0861 288 272
      Stanlib: 011 448 6000
      Bidvest Bank: 0860 111 177
      Carfin: 0861 227 346

      There are many others you can find online depending who financed your vehicle.

      Best of luck. :)

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      1. Gravatar Karel van Breda says:

        The local traffic department in Benoni just informed me that my car needs a Micro Dot before I can take it across the border into Mozambique!  Can someone help I will cross the border on the 26 July 2014.

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        1. Gravatar Asanda says:

          Dear Karel

          Thank you for your enquiry. According to,
          “The concept of microdot technology is an additional vehicle identifier… to secure the identity of the vehicle…”

          Please contact them for more information:
          SUPERLANE 145
          Merton House, Eton Office Park East
          cnr Sloane St & Harrison Ave.,
          Epsom Downs 2191, South Africa
          PO Box 130353, Bryanston 2021, South Africa

 also has more information on the following link:

          Alternatively, you may contact the Mozambique embassy for further clarity or ask for more information from the Benoni local traffic department.

          Mozambique Embassy Address:
          529 Edmond Street
          PO Box 57465

          +27 12 401 0300Fax:+27 12 326 6388

          We hope this helps. Everything of the best with your travels.

          Warm Regards,

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  13. Gravatar Isaac says:

    hi can i travel to botswana with a temporary passport

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Good day Isaac

      Thank you for your enquiry. Botswana no longer accepts emergency travel documents for routine visits to the country.

      News24 published an article last year on this as “Botswana toughens travel rules”.
      For more information, you can contact the Botswana consulate:

      Address Braamfontein
      Johannesburg 2017
      South Africa
      PO Box 32051
      PHONELOCAL: (011) 403 3748
      INTERNATIONAL: +27/ 11 403 3748FAX LOCAL: (011) 403 1384
      INTERNATIONAL: +27/ 11 403 1384

      We hope this helps.
      Good luck with the preparations for your travels.

      Thank you.

      Best Regards,

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  14. Gravatar Rowan Webb says:

    We’re an audio visual company who supply big daylight screens for events.
    There’s a strong possibility we will have to cross the border into Botswana from South Africa.
    It will be an 8 ton truck with our trussing, video controllers and panels, maybe a bakkie with staff too.
    We have no idea what documents would be required to cross, could you assist us to find out?
    If you have a list of document numbers or titles that would help too.
    Thanks so much!

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Dear Rowan

      Thank you for your enquiry. Please keep in mind that we are only a booking agent and cannot give a precise checklist of all the things you need to have with you as you cross the border into Botswana.

      According to the Botswana customs, 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. You might be required to get an import permit to carry goods across Botswana’s border. Please bear in mind that regulations also change regularly. We highly advise that you enquire at the customs office before trying to import any of your good to Botswana.

      Here is a general crossing guide for Botswana Border Posts:



      For more information & assistance, you can contact the Botswana consulate:
      Physical address: Braamfontein
      Johannesburg 2017
      South Africa
      Postal Address: PO Box 32051
      Tel Local: (011) 403 3748
      International: +27 11 403 3748
      Fax Local: (011) 403 1384
      Fax International: +27 11 403 1384

      You might also like to take a look at a detailed list of produce import regulations can be found on the Botswana Tourism website:

      Always get all your documents in order & ready to hand onto the border official. Make sufficient certified copies of your documents. Never leave any of your original documents behind and the border.

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

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

      Thank you.

      Warm Regards,

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  15. Gravatar Dave says:

    Dear Drive SA

    I have overstayed my 90 days by about a week (just dawned on me now) in Botswana as a South African. Busy with business set up procedures. Finding sites etc.

    What is my best approach to resolving this matter?

    I’ve heard you can apply for an additional 30 days at a cost of P100 - P500. I need everything to be 100% by the book. I have longer term business interests in Botswana.

    i have been waiting for company final registration and then will be applying for Residence and Work permits. I was meant to receive my waiver this week, but the contractor is stuck in Maun and has not been able to submit in time!

    Any idea of what the best route forward is?

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  16. Gravatar Daniel Pearson says:

    Good Afternoon,

    I am planning a family trip for 5 people from the UK (all British) and these are my route options;

    Arrive in Zambia (Livingston for Victoria Falls)
    Cross Border to Zimbabwe at Falls
    Self Drive through Zimbabwe (Via Bulawayo)
    Cross Border to South Africa at Beitbridge (for Self Drive @ Kruger)
    Onto Jo’burg Via Panorama Route
    Fly Home to UK

    Arrive in Zambia (Livingston for Victoria Falls)
    Cross Border to Botswana @ Kazungula
    Self Drive through Botswana
    Cross Border into South Africa @ Martins Drift
    Head to Kruger for Self Drive
    Head to Joburg to Fly home

    My Questions are;

    Has anyone done these routes or similar before?

    Which would be most suitable?

    Which border crossings would pose to most problematic?

    Do I have to Have Yellow Fever inoculation to cross the Borders?

    Can I get Visa on arrival for each country when travelling overland?

    Any assistance or opinions would be greatly appreciated



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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Hi Dan

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      One of our managers, Steve, having traveled both routes, personally recommends going through Botswana. 

      Botswana has a lot more to offer and the border crossings tend to be more efficient and less bureaucratic.  Anyone arriving from Zambia will need to present a Yellow Fever certificate on entry.

      Unless there is a specific reason you want to start your journey in Zambia his recommendation would be to start your journey in Kasane, Botswana instead. You would then avoid unnecessary border crossings, possible additional vehicle delivery and the need for Yellow Fever vaccinations.  From Kasane you can do a day tour to Victoria Falls.  Due to the expensive and painfully tedious border regulations when attempting to self drive into Zimbabwe many self drive travellers opt to leave their vehicle in Kasane and hop on a guided day tour to the Victoria Falls.  The rest of your journey to Kruger Park is well recommended.

      Herewith please find more information regarding visa requirements:
      British nationals do not need a visa to enter Botswana for stays of up to 90 days.
      British passport holders need a visa to enter Zambia. You can get a visa from the Zambian High Commission in London before you travel.
      If you’re visiting South Africa on holiday for up to 90 days, you don’t need a visa.

      We would be happy to assist you in the detailed planning of your itinerary if you so wish.

      Feel free to contact us anytime should you need further assistance

      Kind Regards

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  17. Gravatar Thomas Danckwerts says:

    Hi Asanda,
    I’m planning to go up to Botswana from South Africa for a holiday on this thursday 02/10/14. I don’t have car insurance. Do I need insurance from an insurance company in South Africa or do I just need to get 3rd party insurance at the border?

    Many thanks,

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Good day Thomas

      Thank you for visiting Drive South Africa. Maybe you can find the answer here: to see whether or not you will need your own short-term insurance. However, the required third-party insurance doesn’t really give you much cover. We suggest that you get insurance even though it’s not required.

      We hope this helps.

      Best of luck with your trip.


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  18. Gravatar denver nunn says:

    hi guys! im planning on travelling through Botswana to Namibia from Nelspruit during December and would like to find out the times during which the border gates operate.

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Hi Denver

      Thank you for your enquiry via Drive South Africa. Operating hours for South Africa/ Botswana border posts and for the Namibia / South Africa border posts are in this blog post.
      For Botswana/ Namibia cross border operating hours, please see this link: on the 2nd page.

      Hope this helps.
      Happy trails.


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  19. Gravatar Janet Keiser says:

    Can someone please tell me if the border - Pioneer in Botswana will be open on a public holiday?

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Hi Janet

      Thank you for your enquiry. From this link: they don’t specify whether or not they open on a public holiday. They just say they open from 6am until 12 mid night.

      Below I’ve added their contact details to obtain more information:

      Address : Southern Botswana/Gaborone, Botswana
      Postal : P.O. Box 211, Lobatse, Botswana
      Tel : +267 533 3992
      Tel2 : +267 533 0382
      Fax : +276(0)630 1161

      Hope this helps & safe travelling.

      Warm Regards,

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  20. Gravatar angus carey says:

    Can you tell me if it is possible to cross the border from south Africa into Botswana with outstanding traffic fines?

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