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South Africa Travel Blog

by Dalene Ingham-Brown

Whether you’re heading into South Africa, or out, being prepared for crossing South Africa’s border will make your journey a stress-free one. Here I’ve put together a few helpful essentials to eliminate any nasty surprises at the border.

Visas and passports

If you’re a South African citizen and you’re heading into Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana or Namibia, the good news is that you don’t need a visa to enter the country. The bad news? There is none! There is an exception to the rule though. If you’re travelling with a temporary passport, you’ll need to present a visa with it when crossing the border into Botswana.

Stay organised
Keep all important documents in a folder to prevent them from getting lost. Before approaching a border crossing, make sure you have all the documents you need ready for the border official. Make sure you have a few black pens kept with this document folder too – they always come in handy at the border.

Driver’s license
If you’re a South African and are planning to do the driving on your journey, you’ll be happy to hear that a South African driver’s license is valid in Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia.
International driver’s permit

If you do not have a South African driver’s licence, but do have a driver’s licence from the country in which you live, you will not need an International Driver’s Permit to be allowed to drive a vehicle on the road. Usually, the only reason an International Driver’s Permit is needed, is when a foreigner is attempting to hire a car. The car hire company asks foreign clients to obtain an International Driver’s Permit so that the individual complies with the requirements of the vehicle’s insurance company.

Vehicle sticker
If you’re driving a vehicle across the border, the vehicle needs to have a sticker placed on the back of the car indicating the country the vehicle is registered in. For example, if you plan to drive a vehicle that is registered in South Africa, into Namibia, the vehicle will have to have a ZA sticker on it. Similarly, if the vehicle is registered in Namibia and is being driven into South Africa, the car will require a NAM sticker on it.

Reflective tape
Zimbabwe has its own special sticker requirements. Not only does a vehicle have to display its country of registration with stickers, it needs two small, white, rectangular strips of tape on both the right and left hand side of the vehicle’s front bumper. The car also needs two small, red square strips of tape on both the right and left hand side of the rear bumper. On top of that – if you’re towing a trailer, the trailer will need the same red tape on its rear.

Warning triangle
Heading into Mozambique? Don’t arrive at the border without the required warning triangle stickers! Make sure you have a set of two yellow and blue warning triangle stickers. If you’re towing a trailer, you’ll need to stick one triangle on the front of the car (the bumper is best) and one on the rear of the trailer.

Papers
At the border, you’ll need either the original vehicle registration papers, or a certified copy of them. A certified copy of registration papers need to be presented with a letter from the bank giving you permission to take the vehicle across the border though… and needs to be signed by a Commissioner of Oaths. If the car doesn’t belong to you, you’ll have to carry an affidavit with you, showing that you have permission to take the vehicle across the border.

Police clearance
If you’re planning to travel through Zimbabwe’s Chirundu Border Post, it’s advised that you receive a Police Clearance Certificate to do so.

Letter of authorityCrossing the border into Namibia
If your planning on travelling across the South African border in a hired car, then you’ll need to get a letter from the company you hired the vehicle from, stating that you have permission to take the vehicle out of the country.

Friendly faces
If you’d like your border crossing experience to be a pleasant, smooth one, smile, be patient and co-operate. Help the officials to help you.

 

 

Crossing the border between Namibia and South Africa
If you’re crossing the border in a normal car there will be a fee of approximate R220.00. If you’re crossing the border with an additional camper or trailer, you’ll pay about R360.00 at the border post.

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

08:00 – 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) 545 71 0008

28.0949°S 19.9992°E

Klein Menasse

Rietfontein

08:00-16:30

+27(0) 545 31 0084

26.7564°S 19.9992°E

 

Crossing the border between Botswana and South Africa
When crossing the border between Botswana and South Africa, you can expect to pay for a road transport permit, national road safety fee, third-party insurance and a temporary import permit. These will cost you roughly R200.00 altogether.

Crossing the border into Botswana

 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

 

Crossing the border between Zimbabwe and South Africa
Fees you can expect to pay at a border post between Zimbabwe and South Africa include third-party insurance (R225.00), road access fee (this will range from R60.00 – R300.00 depending on the size of vehicle you’re crossing in), exit pass fee (R70.00), and carbon pollution tax (ranging from R60.00 – R300.00 once again). If you’re planning on passing via the Beitbridge border post, there is an additional R100.00 crossing fee.

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

 

Crossing the border between Mozambique and South Africa
Crossing the border between Mozambique and South Africa brings its own set of expenses. Expect to pay about R15.00 in Mozambique’s Metical currency for a vehicle’s temporary import permit for vehicle. You’ll also be required to pay approximately R160.00 for third-party insurance which is valid for a period of 30 days. On top of those costs there are immigration fees which are usually around R20.00 per person, and your vehicle will need to get a declaration form which adds another R50.00 on to your fee total.

Guide to crossing the border into 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

 

Crossing the border between Swaziland and South AfricaBorder crossing tips into Swaziland
When crossing the border in a vehicle you’ll be expected to pay road tax which is about R50.00 per car. On top of that 14% tax is charged on goods brought in for personal use with no charge on the first R1000.00 worth of goods.

 

 

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

 

Crossing the border between Lesotho and South AfricaTips on crossing the border into Lesotho
When crossing the border between Lesotho and South Africa you can expect to pay toll fees, although the amount due in fees is determined on the weight of your vehicle. If you’re driving a standard car, expect to pay about R30.00.

 

 

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


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