Planning an epic holiday across Africa? You can anticipate some border crossing in your future. Here’s how to make the experience as painless as possible - with help from Jimny enthusiasts Team Tane.
If you’re planning an epic cross-African road trip this holiday, whether a road trip to Victoria Falls or some other beautiful part of our continent, you’re going to face what many dread: the border crossing. In fact, you’re probably going to face several!
Team Tane, travelling across Africa in their decked out Jimny, named Badger, write about their first hand tips for border crossing. Their first tip is absolutely pivotal and one you shouldn’t skimp on: do some research before hitting the border! They say, “The day before going to any border we quickly research and write down key information for the coming crossing, it’s the best thing we have done. Knowing what to expect before you reach the border WILL save you time, money and having to listen to the lies peddled by the sharks at the borders.”
Part of this preparation should be ensuring that you’ve chosen the smallest border post to cross - this will save you agonising time waiting in queues.
Here’s the Team Tane list of what to prepare before arriving at any border:
IMPORTANT TABLE NOTES: Visas specific for ZA Citizens, Rec. = Recommended, TIP = Temporary Import Permit, IDP = International Driving Permit, ZA sticker, registration papers and affidavit from owner if vehicle financed assumed compulsory for all countries.
Another tip? Bring your own pen! Most border posts are short in supply and this alone will make your trip easier.
Team Tane also has some great advice on keeping the right attitude and some tips to follow apart from getting your paperwork in order:
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