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    Cool Border crossing forms.

    Hello,

    I saw this website with downloadable forms voor the border crossing.
    http://www.zimra.co.zw/index.php?opt...ons&Itemid=112

    Can somebody tell me which forms I need to fill in crossing the border Botswana / Zimbabwe?

    I can fill them in on the computer, maybe this saves time, good idea

    Is there also somebody who can explain the route formalities, where to go first and what to do after etc.

    We will cross the border on a monday early in the morning ( night beefore sleep in Woodlands)

    Hope you will / can give me some advice?

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    It takes very little time to fill out the forms at the border post. What takes time is waiting in the queues!
    Here is a comprehensive posting of what to expect at the border post: http://4x4community.co.za/forum/showthread.php?t=151617
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    Agree with the Fishman! Make sure you have the correct documents with you ( drivers license, vehicle registration papers etc ) and make sure you know what to pay for and how much and in what currency, then you will be good.

    Which border crossing will you be using?
    Peet Schultz

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    Hello Tiger Fish,

    Thanks for the tip of the usefull thread.
    PeetS we use the Plumtree border into Zimbabwe and the one near Vic. Falls out of Zimbabwe.

    Have a good sunday

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    Sylvia, unfortunately I have no experience of Plumtree - I think it may be a busy border post as it is on the main route between Bulawayo and Botswana.

    The border post at Kasane ( between Zimbabwe and Botswana ) I have used twice. The first time ( in 2009 ) there was almost no one there. I think it took us less than 5 minutes to get through. In 2012 they did a very thorough search of my vehicle and trailer and in the end they confiscated the eggs and tomatoes that we still had in the Fridge. ( this was on the Botswana side)

    I would not worry too much about the border crossings either way - all part of the Africa experience. Be there as early as possible, be patient, be friendly. For you it may be the trip of a lifetime, for the people working there, it is just another day in Africa.

    Enjoy the trip and be sure to take lots of photographs!
    Peet Schultz

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    Hello PeetS,

    Thank you very much for your nice advise!

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    My last experience with Plumtree in 2011 was a pleasant one.
    This border post can get busy at times, but it is much less frustrating than Beitbridge.
    Enjoy your visit!
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    Sylvia. I have done many border crossings into Zim, Botswana, Mozambique etc. the important things to remember are. Don't be in a hurry. Fill in the forms and patiently wait your turn. Don't be over friendly, simply be polite. Being over friendly can be seen as a sign of gullibility and you can open yourself to bribery. Don't allow yourself to be harassed by " people who want to assist you". Never hand your passport to anyone other than the official behind the counter. Be very awake if and when exchanging money. The money changers are going to take you for a ride. Sometimes better to exchange money at the first town across the border. Relax, remember its Africa and enjoy the trip.

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    We had the pleasure of spending 7 hours in a long row at Plumbtree in December 2013. On the Botswana side it was chaos but on the Zimbabwe side it was very organized. Only 40 minutes on the Zim Side. Coming back was much easier only 2 hours on the Botswana side.
    Again the Zim side was a breeze.

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    Hello,

    Thank you all for the good / nice advisies.
    Woh, 7 hours that s very long!
    We are going in July, hope it s gone be faster.

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