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Re: visa issues

Unread post by afri-explore » Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:23 pm

Hi Ocelot61,

If you stay on the SA side of KTP or enter/exit at Twee Rivieren you will not need a new visa. My experience is that you can apply for 'multiple entry' visas if you intend visiting neigbouring countries such as Botswana and Namibia and then back to South Africa again. These visas are slightly more expensive than single entry visas.

I normally get multiple entry visas when I visit a region, even if I did not plan to enter other countries, but you never know when you there and you get the opportunity and you lack the correct type of visa.

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Re: visa issues

Unread post by Hugh » Sun Jan 09, 2011 10:01 pm

Hello Ocelot 61 where are you from as some places you do not need a visa to travel to the republic of South Africa . But I am not sure about going into other countries ..
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Re: visa issues

Unread post by ocelot61 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:39 am

Thanks for the replies regarding multi entry visa. Coming from USA I am given a 90 day visa upon entry in Jburg. I assume for this multi entry I would have to apply well in advance of arrival at a consulate yes? Will this solve the 90 day limit issue that I have to deal with by taking the visa given upon arrival?
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Re: visa issues

Unread post by annapangolin » Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:10 am

Hi

As someone who tried to live in South Africa for three years on a series of bad visas, i'd recommend you come in on your 90 day visa and then a month before you are due to leave, have this 90 day visa renewed. You can only do it once, but it buys you another 3 months.

The Botswana border at KTP only really 'works' if you're planning on leaving the park through the Botswana side and not coming back into SA.

The thought of driving into Botswana and back across the border again for another 90 day visa doesn't work like it used to. I knew people who lived for years in SA by doing this. These days the people at he borders realize this is happening. In the last year i've seen several people attempt this and upon their return into SA, instead of being given a new 90 visa, they're told, 'Welcome to South Africa. You have three days to GET OUT'.

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Botswana

Unread post by jodie » Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:01 pm

Hi KG
We are visiting the Kgalagadi in April my 5th time now love it . This trip we are intending to exit the Botswana side via Mabua we have booked 2 nights in the Kgalagadi is this enough to exit into Botswana? Also could you tell me the process of passport control at Twee and what times open.
Looking forward to hearing from you
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Re: Botswana

Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:21 pm

Hi there Jodie,

The two nights will be enough before entering Botswana. The Botswana reception opens the same time as the S.A. reception you will have to report to immigration at the reception whereby they will assist and then send you to the other side of the reception to the Botswana side and they will help from there
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Re: Botswana

Unread post by jodie » Mon Feb 07, 2011 1:15 pm

Thankyou KG
I can now pay for my booked sites in Botswana I shall definetly look you up when we are there in April

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Re: Botswana

Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Mon Feb 07, 2011 1:50 pm

Jodie,

It would be great to meet up with you all.

Drive safe and see you soon
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Re: Botswana

Unread post by Indiajane » Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:40 pm

Jodie, don't forget your original car registration papers - we did and it was touch and go - we had to get them certified then faxed up...... they won't let you exit Botswana without them, and you have to produce them at Twee Rivieren

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Re: Botswana

Unread post by jodie » Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:58 pm

Hey
Thanks IndiaJane didnt know that. We live in the Uk my father lives out is SA and he bought a landrover for us to use I will put the papers in the vehicle as soon as I arrive.
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Re: Botswana

Unread post by saskia » Tue Feb 08, 2011 6:16 pm

Jodie also if the vehicle is not registered in your name you will need a letter from the owner (your dad) that you are allowed to take the vehicle over the border.

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Re: Botswana

Unread post by jodie » Tue Feb 08, 2011 6:46 pm

Thanks Saskia
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Kgalagadi entry via Kaa gate

Unread post by Adele73 » Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:24 am

Hi there,

We are planning a trip to Kgalagadi driving from Windhoek.
Hoping to access park from Botswana side at Kaa Gate. Kaa to Nossob.
Then doing Nossob echo trail. Leaving park via Mata-Mata.

Which route do you advise - Buitepos to Kang then too Kaa?
I see there's a road via Kule, Ngwatle an Hukuntsi -its shorter than via Kang
but is it a 40km/hr road?

Has anyone traveled these routes recently.
What time do you need to allow from Buitepos to KAng?
Kang to Kaa? Kaa to Nossob?

What times are gates at Kaa open?

Please help??

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Re: Kgalagadi entry via Kaa gate

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:20 pm

Warm welcome to the forum Adele,

I have not done this myself but you might find some info if you have a read through Here

Otherwise I'm sure others will be able to advise further.

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Re: Kgalagadi entry via Kaa gate

Unread post by JABES » Tue Mar 22, 2011 1:42 pm

Hi Adele73
We did a trip from Kaa - ngwatle- Ukwi - Nkojane in October last year. This is a very scienic route and much shorter according to my calcs. From Kaa - Hukuntsi will probably take just as long as from Kaa - Ukwi. The road is as follow: Kaa - Ngwatle pan turnoff : Cutline (30m wide cut open stretch - deep sand - 4x4 a must ) With what vehicle are you going? Ngwatle Turnoff - Ngwatle - Ukwi road: sandy tweespoor track - vehicle will get scratched. Beautifull. Last part to ukwi: cutline. Ukwi to Nkojane: Cutline.
Kaa - Nkojane will take around 7 hours. It is my understanding that the road from Nkojane - Charles Hill is much better - i did not travel it myself but someone told me it is a decent gravel road.
No fuel between Nossob - Charles Hill. GPS and T4A a must. Otherwise you will have trouble finding the road.


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