Use a small border post. Our favourites are McCarthy’s Rest and Middelputs in the Northern Cape, and Platjan and Stockpoort in Limpopo. Try to avoid the bigger border posts, especially around the end of the month and during peak holiday season. Keep cash handy; most border posts don’t have card facilities.
Take note. Before you leave home, write down the serial number(s) of your camera, lenses, cellphone, laptop, GPS etc. Print copies of this list and attach a copy to a customs declaration when required.
Leave your meat at home. What? Yes, we know our readers like to take their favourite butcher’s cut on holiday, but it will mean a lot less border-crossing stress if you leave your meat at home. This will also make passing veterinary control points less of a hassle (there are many in Botswana). Simply buy meat in Botswana – it’s available everywhere. See the accommodation listings on page 83 for our favourite butcheries.