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Border crossings

Here we’ll be adding our experiences of the various border crossings we’ll be taking.  Please do scroll up and down to find the information that will help you.

Spain 2 Morocco

SPAIN to MOROCCO Date: 8th November 2012 Crossing the border from Ceuta to Morocco at Fnideq was certainly a lot less hassle than I thought it would be.  Of course, as it was our first time, we ended up with a “helper” who attached himself to us.  While I do begrudge having to use a …

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Morocco 2 Mauritania

MOROCCO to MAURITANIA Date: 26th December 2012 Exit Morocco Obtain departure fiche from man sitting on right of entry to Moroccan border post.  You shouldn’t need to pay if you are filling in the form yourself (which is really easy) so don’t part with your dirhams. Enter the Moroccan border post with vehicle.  Get out of …

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Mauritania 2 Senegal

MAURITANIA to SENEGAL Date: 1st January 2013: Border Post: Diama Dam Our border crossing into Senegal via Diama Dam was remarkably smooth – especially compared to our somewhat challenging 10.5h ordeal getting out of Morocco and into Mauritania. All in all it took us about 1.5 hours, including insurance. Waypoints at the bottom of the post. Here is …

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South Africa 2 Botswana

SOUTH AFRICA to BOTSWANA Date: 26th April 2013 Border Post: Platjan We crossed at Platjan borderpost, one of the quieter borderposts, although we didn’t entirely realise how quiet until we got there. Exiting South Africa 1. The policeman came over to the vehicle to take down our details, all very friendly. We asked him where …

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Botswana 2 Namibia

BOTSWANA to NAMIBIA Date: 10th May 2013 Border Post:  Ngoma Exiting Botswana 1. All formalities completed in one small office with 3 counters. 2. First desk, the immigration official took down our details. He was out of Arrival / Departure forms so we had to give him the information verbally. He was very friendly and …

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Namibia 2 Zambia

NAMIBIA to ZAMBIA Date: 13th June 2013 Border Post:  Welena (Katima Mulilo) Exiting Namibia 1. All formalities completed in one office with 2 counters. 2. First desk, the immigration official gave us Arrival / Departure form to complete.  The official was also manning the arrivals process into Namibia – the desk was directly opposite me.  We …

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Zambia 2 Malawi

ZAMBIA to MALAWI Date: 25th June 2013 Border Post: Mwani (Chipata) Exiting Zambia 1. All formalities completed in one office with 2 counters. 2. Second desk first, the immigration official gave us Departure forms to complete. 3. While Viking Explorer was completing forms, African GirlChild was at the first desk doing customs: completing the infamous …

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Malawi 2 Zambia

MALAWI to ZAMBIA Date: 29th July 2013 Border Post: Mwani (Chipata) We parked the car outside the boom, and walked into the Malawian Border control. Exiting Malawi Entry and Exit for Malawi are conveniently located in the same room – surprisingly easy when it is quiet, tricky when it isn’t. 1. First up, it was …

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Zambia 2 Tanzania

ZAMBIA to TANZANIA Date: 7th August 2013 Border Post: Zombe / Kapesha This was definitely the most unusual border we have crossed! Exiting Zambia This required physical visits to 3 different places! 1. First, a visit to the customs office in Mpulungu at the ferry port. They perform the necessary stamping of carnet and checking …

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Tanzania 2 Uganda

TANZANIA to UGANDA Date: 20th August 2013 Border Post: Mutukulu This was another unusual borderpost – more because it appeared completely chaotic but was actually OK! Exiting Tanzania As you approach the borderpost, it doesn’t seem that there is actually a border. You feel as though you have arrived in the middle of a large …

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Uganda 2 Rwanda

UGANDA to RWANDA Date: 15th September 2013 Border Post: Cyanika This was another of the lesser used border posts – our favourite. Exiting Uganda Arriving at the borderpost, there is no real indication of where to go, but we headed over to the right and parked under the tree. 1. First, there is a tiny …

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Rwanda 2 Tanzania

RWANDA to TANZANIA Date: 22nd September 2013 Border Post: Rusumo This is the main border post between Rwanda and Tanzania – so much busier than our usual. Exiting Rwanda Arriving at the border post, it seems like a truck stop, and we missed the container that serves as the immigration office and had to be …

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Tanzania 2 Zambia

TANZANIA to ZAMBIA Date: 24th September 2013 Border Post: Kasesya / Zombe We were returning to Zambia through the same border post as we exited from. Our departure from Zambia six weeks earlier was problem free – our re-entry proved to be a bit more challenging… Exiting Tanzania Arriving at the border post it is …

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Zambia 2 Botswana

ZAMBIA to BOTSWANA Date: 28th September 2013 Border Post: Kazangula In our discussions on how to reach South Africa we were unsure about using the ferry at Kazangula. We decided to go have a look, and if it looked OK have a go. Exiting Zambia Arriving at the border post it is a bit confusing …

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Botswana 2 South Africa

BOTSWANA to SOUTH AFRICA Date: 29th September 2013 Border Post: Martin’s Drift We chose to go to Martins Drift for two reasons. One, it is on the best and fastest road between Francistown and Johannesburg. Two, it has a proper South African customs presence for stamping carnets. The last point proved to be un-necessary. Exiting …

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  1. martin

    Helpful info, How much did each bit cost??

    1. African GirlChild

      You know – I don’t think we paid anything for the visa. Just got a stamp in the passport!

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