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Re: Kgalagadi - Gharaghab - Exit KAA to Kang

Unread post by eric123 » Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:47 pm

Thank you Batsman.
Due to the risk involved travelling with only one vehicle from KAA into Botswana, I am considering to travel back to Twee Rivieren from Gharagab in one day.

It seems that we will sit next to the road for a few days if we break down on the way to Kang from the Kaa gate. (no traffic on this route).

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KTP passing borders

Unread post by sebsurlenet » Sat Dec 19, 2009 10:22 am

Hi !
First of all, please excuse my english !
My wife & I are going to visit Namibia and Botswana on august 2010.
We arrive from Europe at Windhoek.
We pass the border on the road Between Gobabis (Nam) and Gantzi (Bot).

After a trip in Gantzi area, we would like to enter in the KTP from Botswana (Mabuasehube), pass the border at Nossob, enjoy a fews days in the park, and then leave from Mata Mata to enter in Namibia.

I have 2 questions :
- Is it possible with specific KTP border rules ? Can we get visas from Europe for the 2 countries (Nam & Bot) ?
- Is it possible to do it with only 1 vehicle ? (because I read somewhere that people on Botswana side must drive with more than 1 vehicle)

Thanks a lot for your answers
Best regards

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Re: KTP passing borders

Unread post by Micetta » Sat Dec 19, 2009 10:54 am

Hi Sebsurlenet and welcome to the Forum!

This is a period that there is not much "traffic" on the forum, but if you browse the "Arid Parks" threads I am sure you will find all the information that you need, for instance here! and with a bit of patience someone is bound to turn up with some personalized info just for you!

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Re: KTP passing borders

Unread post by p@m » Sat Dec 19, 2009 4:39 pm

Hello sebsurlenet and welcome to the forum.

To attempt to answer some of your questions

First of all, your bookings for the Botswana side must be done through the Botswana wildlife and game dept -- will try to find an e-mail address for you.

Your bookings for the SA side can be done on this site or through any SanP office.

I would suggest you spend a couple of nights at Nossob and then go to Twee Rivieren. You need to go there anyway as that is where you have to do all your passport and customs control for entering from Bots. Not sure, but think you will need to clear there too for going into Namibia. Sure someone will know the definate answer for you. As you will not officially be in SA you won't need to do SA passport control.

I don't know of you will need visas -- if you look at the FAQ above, it says that you don't require visas.



I think that the "main" road from Mabuasehube to nossob is fine with one vehicle, but if you do any of the wilderness trails, you need more than one.



Suggest you spend a night at Mata Mata as well before you leave

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Re: KTP passing borders

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Thu Dec 24, 2009 1:10 pm

Passport control in the South African side is done at Twee Rivieren.
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Re: KTP passing borders

Unread post by Jembo » Sun Dec 27, 2009 11:09 am

Hello there Sebsurlenet! Department of Wildlife And National Parks in Botswana has the following contact Nos:

Email: dwnp.parrogabs@gov.bw
Fax: +267 3180774
Phone +267 3180775
Snail mail goes to P.O.Box 131 Gaberones Botswana

Hope this helps. Remember that you do need 4x4!

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Info on Mabuasehube

Unread post by slastodonkey » Fri May 14, 2010 4:31 pm

Hi There...planning a trip to Mabuasehube from the Botswana side. Is a 4x4 a necessity, or will a 4x2 Toyota Fortuna with Diff lock suffice? Any Info or recommendation on the area will be welcome.

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Re: Info on Mabuasehube

Unread post by Micetta » Fri May 14, 2010 4:50 pm

Welcome to the forum slastodonkey! If you have a good look at the "Arid Parks" threads you will find lots of information and if you do not find it right away try and go one or three or more pages back,

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Re: Info on Mabuasehube

Unread post by Dotty » Sat May 15, 2010 10:04 am

Hi slastodonkey A very warm welcome to the forums. Check out the link in my signature to the Index and scroll down. Lots of info there about the Botswana side and about 4x4s and 4x2s etc
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Re: Info on Mabuasehube

Unread post by afri-explore » Mon May 17, 2010 9:10 am

A 4x4 will be required. The access road between Tshabong and the Mabuasehube gate runs along the park boundary and it is curently under construction, but parts are still very deep soft sand. Same goes for some roads in the Mabuasehube area inside the park.

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Re: Info on Mabuasehube

Unread post by slastodonkey » Mon May 17, 2010 5:34 pm

Thanks All... this Forum is awesome... helps getting some tips from old hands. Lots of info to go through to assist with the trip planning.

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KTP - Passport question for staying on the Bots side

Unread post by Stark » Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:05 pm

Hello KTP regulars.

If someone enters/exits the park via SA, but plans on spending a few nights camping on the Botswana side, does your passport get stamped? I seem to recall that it doesn't, but I can't seem to verify.
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Re: KTP - Passport question for staying on the Bots side

Unread post by afri-explore » Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:13 am

In a transfrontier park the idea is that you are allowed to 'transgress' the international borders whilst remaining within the borders of the park without having you passport stamped (and paying some fees).

My take is that you may only need to do customs if you intend to change your mind or if you are forced to do it for medical emergency.

Swart Pan loop (Kaa gate) is about 550km from TR, plus the 2 hours min. to Upington in the case of medical emergencies, whilst 'some' medical help may be available 100km inside Botswana from Kaa. No passport stamped at TR will mean no access for any reason including medical evacuation into Botswana.

I opted to do the customs thing and pay my P140 for peace of mind and a plan B.
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Re: KTP - Passport question for staying on the Bots side

Unread post by Stark » Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:08 pm

Perfect information, thank you.
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visa issues

Unread post by ocelot61 » Sun Jan 09, 2011 12:19 am

Hello friends. I am knew to the forum and seeking some advice/info. I will be coming to KNP in 2011 and want to stay in South Africa for the most of the duration of my 90 day tourist vise, but then hope to drive my 4x4 into Kgalagadi TFP for three weeks. I need to know if I will be allowed to do this. Basically, will I be issued a fresh visa when I re enter S Africa? I will need to drive back to Jburg, place my vehicle in storage and fly home? Any help would be great...


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