go! Botswana - - EDS’ LETTER -

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.

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