Botswana border posts information
You finally organized a trip to Botswana with your own or a rented car. Time to start packing! What do you need for that dreaded border post? Where are the various posts and what time are they open?
Botswana border posts information: Where and what times?
|Botswana||South Africa||Opening hours||Contact number||GPS coordinates|
|1. Pont Drift||Mashatu||7:00 – 16:00||+27(0)51 575 1056||22°12′53″S 29°08′18″E|
|2. Platjan||8:00 – 16:00||+27(0) 51 575 1040||22°29′08″S 28°50′01″E|
|3. Zanzibar||07:30 – 16:00||+27(0)41 767 1024||22°34′19″S 28°27′59″E|
|4. Groblersbrug||Martins Drift||8:00 – 18:00||+27(0) 14 767 1019||22°59′53″S 27°56′31″E|
|5. Parr’s Halt||Stockpoort B||8:00 – 18:00||+27(0) 14 763 4586||23°24′10″S 27°21′24″E|
|6. Sikwane||Derdepoot B||6:00- 19:00||+27(0) 14 778 0725||24°38′33″S 26°24′13″E|
|7. Tlokweng Gate||Kopfontein||6:00 – 00:00||014-778 0725||24°38′33″S 26°24′13″E|
|8. Ramotswa||Swartkoppie||6:00 – 22:00||018 365 9010||24°52′21″S 25°52′57″E|
|9. Pioneer Gate||Skilpadshek||6:00 – 24:00||018 366 0011||25°16′32″S 25°42′50″E|
|10. Ramatlabama||6:00 – 22:00||018 390 2533||25°38′31″S 25°34′27″E|
|11. Phitshane Molopo||07:00 – 16:00||5487204||25°44′55″S 25°06′27″E|
|12. Bray||07:00 – 16:00||053 937 0026||25°27′24″S 23°42′51″E|
|13. Makopong||08:00 – 18:00||053922 Ask Vorstershoop 2011||25°21′55″S 22°58′29″E|
|14. McCarthy’s Rust||08:00 – 18:00||053 781 0285||26°12′05″S 22°34′04″E|
|15. Middelputs||07:30 – 16:00||053 781 0285||26°40′14″S 21°52′57″E|
How to cross Namibian border posts: Your checklist
A ZA sticker is one of the items the officials check at the Namibia border posts. Photo: Danielle M de Jager
□ Valid passport
Your passport has to be valid for at least six months from the exact date you leave South Africa.
□ Internation driving permit
Your South African driver’s license is valid in Namibia and will be accepted at the border.
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 do, however, strongly advise that you take cash in case the card machines are offline.
□ ZA Sticker
You can get a ZA sticker at any AA Accredited Sales Agent store for about R20, or at outdoor retailers like Safari Centre.
□ The vehicle’s papers
If your vehicle documents are not in the order you will not be able to cross the border. You have to have proof of ownership of the vehicle owner or rental company; your driving license, as well as a Police Clearance Certificate. The Chassis, engine number, trailor number, and license details will be checked by the police at the border posts. Your vehicle license papers have to be accompanied by a letter from the bank giving you the authorisation to take the vehicle across the border, including dates. Both the bank letter and license papers should be signed by a Commissioner of Oaths. You should also consult your insurers and make sure you have adequate cover for your vehicle before starting your journey to Namibia.
□ Letter of authority
□ Carnet de Passage
Cars registered in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique and Botswana do not need to obtain a Carnet de Passage unless your car is being shipped to Namibia. If staying in Namibia for longer than 90 days and on a working permit, the permit must be shown on the passport and on the letter from the company in Namibia confirming that you will be working for them.
Keep a close watch
On the first Sunday in April, Namibians set their watches back by an hour for winter. So, if it’s 09:00 am in South Africa, it’s 08:00 am in Namibia. In summer, from the first Sunday in September, the time is the same. With this Namibia border posts information in mind, you can cross that border with ease, drive around and discover the many fascinating offerings of this country. Who knows, you might bump into seasoned travellers like Stan Rogers! Here’s an account of his Southern Namibia experience.