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
Muhembo/Shakawe 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 4×4 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.


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.

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.