FOR YOUR VEHICLE
• ZA sticker. Stick it on the back.
• Emergency triangles. Pack two in case someone asks. Keep them close at hand.
• Fire extinguisher. You must have one in the car.
• Reflective vest. Wear it when you get out of your car at the side of the road to fix a tyre.
• Reflective strips for your bumpers. White or silver reflective strips stuck to the front bumper; red reflective strips stuck to the rear bumper. Even if your car already has reflectors! This is compulsory in Zimbabwe and Zambia.
• Passport with more than two blank pages; valid for six months or more. (South Africans don’t need a visa to visit 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 brother’s Navara. 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. Note: This regulation has changed. New passports issued to children will now list their parents’ names in the back. If your children have these (new) passports, you don’t need to bring the birth certificates along.
• SA driving licence – it’s valid so bring it. Have it ready for presentation at check-points.