BOR­DER TIPS

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Use a small bor­der post. Our favourites are McCarthy’s Rest (North­ern Cape) and Stock­poort (Lim­popo). Try to avoid the big­ger bor­der posts, es­pe­cially around the end of the month and peak holiday sea­son. Keep cash handy. Most bor­der posts don’t have card fa­cil­i­ties; pay in cash. Take note. Be­fore you leave home, write down the se­rial num­bers for your cam­eras, lenses, cell­phone, lap­top, GPS etc. Print copies of this list and at­tach them to cus­toms dec­la­ra­tions when needed. Leave your meat at home. What? Yes, we know our read­ers like to take their favourite butcher’s cut along on holiday, but it will mean a lot less bor­der- cross­ing stress if you leave your meat at home. This will also make cross­ing any ve­teri­nary con­trol point (there are many in Botswana) less of a has­sle. Sim­ply buy meat in Botswana – it’s avail­able ev­ery­where. Our favourite butcheries: Fire & Ice in Kasane ( 00 267 625 0620; ron­skasane@info.bw) and Beef Boys in Maun ( 00 267 721 36 006;

schalkpre­to­rius@gmail.com). Call ahead to or­der.

COM­PUL­SORY PA­PER­WORK

• Pass­port with more than two blank pages, and valid for six months or more. ( You don’t need a visa for Botswana, Namibia, Zim­babwe or Zambia.) • Ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion doc­u­ments – copies will do. Re­mem­ber your trailer’s doc­u­ments, too. • Let­ter of au­tho­ri­sa­tion from the bank if you’re still pay­ing off your ve­hi­cle, or from the owner of the car if you’re bor­row­ing your cousin’s Cruiser. This should spec­ify the dates you in­tend to take the ve­hi­cle across the bor­der, coun­tries you plan to visit, the reg­is­tra­tion num­ber, and the phys­i­cal ad­dress, ID num­ber and name of the owner. • Unabridged birth cer­tifi­cates for all chil­dren un­der 18. • SA driv­ing li­cence – it’s valid, bring it.

FOR YOUR VE­HI­CLE

• ZA sticker stuck on the back. • Two emer­gency tri­an­gles. • Fire ex­tin­guisher – es­pe­cially when trav­el­ling in Zim­babwe and Zambia. • Re­flec­tive vest – wear it when you alight from the car at the side of the road to fix a tyre. • Re­flec­tive strips stuck to the front (sil­ver) and rear (red) bumpers. Com­pul­sory in Zim and Zambia.

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