Obtaining visas

Obtaining visas is a vital part of any adventure.  This links below will provide you with information on our experiences of collecting our various stamps and passport stickers.

In general, travelling in West Africa required visas to be obtained in advance from embassies along the way. In southern and East Africa, the majority of visas were obtained hassle-free at the border.

Please scroll down to see the visas obtained, where we obtained them, costs and any other relevant information.

Botswana flag


Dates obtained: 26 April 2013; 28 September 2013 Location & waypoint: -          Platjan Border Post, Botswana; S22 29.104 E28 49.893  (crossing from South Africa) -          Kazungula Border Post, Botswana; S17 47.892 E25 15.506 (crossing from Zambia) Cost of visa: -          For SA passport: free -          For Norway passport: free Visa validity: -          For SA passport: …

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Malawi flag


Date obtained: 25 June 2013 Location & waypoint: Mohinji Border Post; S13 45.159 E32 47.816 (crossing from Zambia) Cost of visa: – For SA passport: free – For Norway passport: free – Extension to visa can be bought from immigration at MKW5,000 Visa validity: – For SA passport: 30 days at the border – For …

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Date obtained: 12 December 2012 Location & waypoint: Rabat, Morocco; N33 58.838 W006 49.839 Address: 6, rue Thami Lamdawar, Soussi, Rabat Cost of visa: 340 DH (34 EUR, 25 GBP) Visa validity: 30 days Visa valid from: date specified on application Requirements: Passport, copy of passport page, copy of entry stamp into Morocco (not officially …

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Namibia flag


Date obtained: 10 May 2013 Location & waypoint: Ngoma Border Crossing; S17 54.916 E24 42.753 (crossing from Botswana) Cost of visa: – For SA passport: free – For Norway passport: free Visa validity: – For SA passport: 60 days – For Norway passport: 60 days Visa valid from: time of issue Requirements: passport Time to …

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Rwanda flag


Date obtained: 2nd September 2013 Location & waypoint: Rwandan High Commission, Kampala, Uganda; N0 20.180 E32 34.904 Cost of visa: For SA passport: free at the border For Norway passport: US$30 for single entry Visa validity: 30 days Visa valid from: date indicated on application form Requirements: passport photo, copy of passport Time to issue: …

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Date obtained: 15th October 2012 Location: Oslo, Norway Address: Senegalese Consulate in Oslo, Norway, A/S Krogstads Shipping, Fr. Nansens plass 2, 0112 Oslo, Norway Visa validity: 3 months from start date Visa valid from: as stated on application Time taken: About 20 minutes – half an hour including the chatting! Requirements: 2 passport photos.  The …

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Tanzania flag


Dates obtained: 7 August 2013; 22 September 2013 Location & waypoint: – Kasesya Border Post; S8 40.865 E31 29.590 (crossing from Zambia) – Rusumo Border Post; S2 23.063 E30 47.073 (crossing from Rwanda) Cost of visa:  – For SA passport: free as of 1 July 2013 – For Norway passport: US$50 Visa validity: – For …

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Uganda flag


Date obtained: 20 August 2013 Location & waypoint: Mutukula Border Post; S1 00.006 E31 24.996 (crossing from Tanzania) Cost of visa: – For SA passport: US$50 single entry – For Norway passport: US$50 single entry Visa validity: – For SA passport: 90 days – For Norway passport: 90 days Visa valid from: time of issue …

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Zambia flag


Dates obtained: 13 June 2013 and 23 September 2013 Location & waypoint: – Katima Mulilo Border Post; S17 28.039 E24 15.295 (crossing from Namibia) – Mwani Border Post; S13 45.056 E32 47.765 (crossing from Malawi) – Zombe Border Post; S8 41.246 E31 29.549 (crossing from Tanzania) Cost of visa: – For SA passport: free – …

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  1. trevor

    hello…… i saw ur entry on Horizon unlimited….. i am in Ouarzazate just now…… head to \marakesh and then rabat, get this visa and head south…. am back packing. i went to Dahkla before but the visa at the border had changed the week i got there, 2009 that was….. i did not have long holidays so i did not go to mauri. now i am on my way to Cape town too……. am unsure how the holiday season effects the embassy issuing visas….. i guess the 1st will be closed…… may be the other reports from last week was the manic Xmas rush… lets hope they still do same day issue….

    may be we meet up…….best wishes….. trevor…… and happy christmas!!

    1. African GirlChild

      Trevor – good luck getting your visa. It isn’t too bad – just get there early! We’ll keep an eye out for you on our travels. Happy New Year!

  2. Amy

    Hi S and O.
    Reading your blog/web page is just wonderful!
    My boyfriend and I are pretty much doing the exact trip as you in June/July this year…..we are super excited and reading your info is helping us tremendously!
    A quick question…what passport are you traveling on? I am traveling on a SA passport and finding that getting a Moroccan visa to be quite a mission, I am marrying to avoid going back to SA for visa’s, so any info would be wonderful!
    Thank you so much…..and good luck with the rest of your travels!
    Amy and Ollie

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