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.
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.
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