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?

Travelling from South Africa? Here is vital information. Botswana border posts are strategically placed at crossing points for maximum accessibility. Adapted from map by Map-of-Namibia.com

BotswanaSouth AfricaOpening hoursContact number GPS coordinates
1. Pont DriftMashatu7:00 – 16:00+27(0)51 575 105622°12′53″S  29°08′18″E
2. Platjan8:00 – 16:00+27(0) 51 575 104022°29′08″S 28°50′01″E
3. Zanzibar07:30 – 16:00+27(0)41 767 102422°34′19″S 28°27′59″E
4. GroblersbrugMartins Drift8:00 – 18:00+27(0) 14 767 101922°59′53″S 27°56′31″E
5. Parr’s HaltStockpoort B8:00 – 18:00+27(0) 14 763 458623°24′10″S 27°21′24″E
6. SikwaneDerdepoot B6:00- 19:00+27(0) 14 778 072524°38′33″S 26°24′13″E
7. Tlokweng GateKopfontein6:00 –     00:00014-778 072524°38′33″S 26°24′13″E
8. RamotswaSwartkoppie6:00 – 22:00018 365 901024°52′21″S 25°52′57″E
9. Pioneer GateSkilpadshek6:00 – 24:00018 366 001125°16′32″S 25°42′50″E
10. Ramatlabama6:00 – 22:00018 390 253325°38′31″S 25°34′27″E
11. Phitshane Molopo07:00 – 16:00548720425°44′55″S 25°06′27″E
12. Bray07:00 – 16:00053 937 002625°27′24″S 23°42′51″E
13. Makopong08:00 – 18:00053922 Ask Vorstershoop 201125°21′55″S 22°58′29″E
14. McCarthy’s Rust08:00 – 18:00053 781 028526°12′05″S 22°34′04″E
15. Middelputs07:30 – 16:00053 781 028526°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.

□ Cash

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

If you travel hire car or 4x4 Namibia, 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.

□ 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.

self drive safari across africa

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