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    Default Meat and Fruits/Vegetables in Botswana

    For meat in Botswana and the Veterinary Check points – the rule is : You can take raw meat from East to West and from South to North. You can not take meat the other way around (unless it is cooked). (This relates to Cloven hoofed animals - for poultry and fish, you can take these anywhere in Botswana). There are various checkpoints within Botswana to regulate raw cloven hoofed animal meat.

    Some vegetables/fruits are also restricted due to fruit flies but to a lesser degree (only when there are outbreaks). The regulations change with regards to some meats/vegetables and these relate mostly to things like tomato, avocado, banana, payapa, bell peppers, any citrus, cucumber and wild fruits.

    A few contact no's to call to check before you travel :
    Wildlife Tsetse Control : Maun : +267 6860237
    Martins Drift Border Control : +267 4915907
    Ministry of Agriculture - Gaborone : +267 3950500

    Elephants love citrus fruits and can break into vehicles to get these - always keep any fruit locked away securely in your vehicles (especially overnight) when camping.



    For more info : http://blog.tracks4africa.co.za/vete...-and-botswana/

    You can bring meat into Botswana through the border control - the limits are as follows :
    • Red meat, goat, lamb - 25kg Per family
    • Poultry meat - 5kg Per Person
    • Tinned poultry meat - 20kg Per Person
    • Eggs - 36 eggs Per Person
    • Fresh milk - 2 litres Per Person
    • Maize/ maize products - 25kg Per Person
    • Wheat - 25kg Per Person
    • Pulses (beans, peas, lentils) - 25kg Per Person
    • Cabbage, Onions, Potatoes, Oranges, Tomatoes, Chimola, Rape, Spinach 1 bag Per Person
    • Bread loaves - 6 per week


    For a good butchery in Maun : Delta meat deli is probably the most convenient (it is situated at Riley’s garage which has a shop called Autozone there as well that stocks all camping/vehicle accessories and parts/batteries/car parts etc) there is also a Bureau de Change to change Rand. Alternatively, there is meat for sale in the Spar, SHOPRITE, CHOPPIES stores and chicken/ham/sandwich meat in the WOOLWORTHS.

    Delta Meat Deli
    - Mon - Fri : 8:00 - 17:00
    - Sat : 8:00 - 13:00
    Phone: +267 686 1413
    E-mail: [email protected]

    Another butchery in Maun :
    Beef Boys
    - Mon - Fri : 8:00 - 17:00
    - Sat : 8:00 - 14:00
    [email protected] or +267-7213 6006

    You can buy drinks/alcohol from any Liquorama bottle store in Maun – or cheaper... Lepopo Wholesale and it's located on S19 58.772 / E23 25.543 (closed at lunchtimes. 8am to 5pm). You can buy other groceries from Spar (there are two spars in Maun), Shoprite Specials, Choppies and Woolworths Specials food.

    You can get firewood easily along the road between Maun and Moremi. You can also collect your own firewood just before you enter the park - though I always prefer to buy from the street sellers to contribute something to the locals. Do not leave firewood lying around in the campsites – (it will get stolen)

    KASANE
    Meat : Ron's Fresh Produce on [email protected], and [email protected]

    PALAPYE
    Meat : Sandys Butchery (next to Bimbos take away in the Choppies supermarket complex). They vacuum pack and you can phone them with an order - +267 71803784, owners name is Marius.

    The following articles and consumables may be admitted free of duty through the border posts :
    Wines - 2 litres
    Spirituous and other alcoholic beverages - 1 litre
    Cigarettes - 200
    Cigars - 20
    Cigarette or pipe tobacco - 250 gms
    Perfume - 50 ml
    Toilet water - 250 ml
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    Tara to the rescue once again!

    Mods: Please can we make this a sticky? It answers the questions that come up again and again and...

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    Thanks Tara; is Ghanzi to Maun considered to be West to East? In other words, are we allowed to take mean from Ghanzi to Maun?
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    Quote Originally Posted by eduard4455 View Post
    Thanks Tara; is Ghanzi to Maun considered to be West to East? In other words, are we allowed to take mean from Ghanzi to Maun?
    Yes, Ghanzi to Maun is fine.

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    Sorry another similar question. If you are going to Gweta and then Nata after Maun, can you buy meat etc in Maun or will you be stopped at the Vet Fence before Gweta?
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    Yes Tcar, you will - this is west to east and there's a Vet fence exactly 50kms from Maun

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    to answer my own question I phoned Thakadu Bush Camp and they said that one cannot take meat from Ghanzi to Maun UNLESS you get a permit (in which case they seal your cooler box). So, that is an option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eduard4455 View Post
    to answer my own question I phoned Thakadu Bush Camp and they said that one cannot take meat from Ghanzi to Maun UNLESS you get a permit (in which case they seal your cooler box). So, that is an option.
    You can take meat from Thakadu (ghanzi) to Maun but NOT from Maun to Ghanzi or Qweta.
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    Quote Originally Posted by taraleegoosen View Post
    Yes Tcar, you will - this is west to east and there's a Vet fence exactly 50kms from Maun
    Great thanks all. So if staying in Gweta after Maun, where would you buy your meat and veg? Any good places after the Vet fence?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tcar View Post
    Great thanks all. So if staying in Gweta after Maun, where would you buy your meat and veg? Any good places after the Vet fence?
    This is a conundrum - because no.. there's nothing in Gweta to be honest. A suggestion would be to precook some meals (beef stew/strogonoff/potjie etc) and take them with you in tupperwares. Cooked food can pass through the vet fences.

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    Very usefull!
    Few years ago we bought fresh meat in Maun and took the road to the Panhandle and Shakawe.
    Our meat was confiscated at the fence 20 km north of Sehitwa when we were driving south to north. Any idea why Tara?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pierre77N View Post
    Very usefull!
    Few years ago we bought fresh meat in Maun and took the road to the Panhandle and Shakawe.
    Our meat was confiscated at the fence 20 km north of Sehitwa when we were driving south to north. Any idea why Tara?
    Pierre, I remember when we lived in Selebi-Phikwe and went to SA once in 5 weeks for shopping etc. Despite doing all the research humanly possible, we could get to a vet fence and things would have changed overnight. Vet fences are a bit like gambling. One day you can successfully get through by arguing/negotiating (or with a permit or with luck) and the next day you have to throw your stuff in a pit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pierre77N View Post
    Very usefull!
    Few years ago we bought fresh meat in Maun and took the road to the Panhandle and Shakawe.
    Our meat was confiscated at the fence 20 km north of Sehitwa when we were driving south to north. Any idea why Tara?
    Hi Pierre
    As this road cuts right through prime cattle farmland, I'm going to say that they are very touchy at this Vet fence. We were checked only once for meat along this road north (but all other times, we sailed right through with meat and veg).

    If travelling this route, I suggest giving an extra call to the Dept of Agriculture to check the current regulations - +267 6872058 (Sehithwa). Or the office in Shakawe (+267 6875026)

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    Quote Originally Posted by taraleegoosen View Post
    Hi Pierre
    As this road cuts right through prime cattle farmland, I'm going to say that they are very touchy at this Vet fence. We were checked only once for meat along this road north (but all other times, we sailed right through with meat and veg).

    If travelling this route, I suggest giving an extra call to the Dept of Agriculture to check the current regulations - +267 6872058 (Sehithwa). Or the office in Shakawe (+267 6875026)
    The particular gate does not care whether you have a permit or not; whether your are moving north-south or south-north. Our meat (lamb) was also confiscated in 2012.
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    Thanks for the info!

    I would like to know if fruits and vegs are currently checked at the vet control points as well as the Mohembo border post.

    Also can we find a good assortment of fruits and vegs in Maun, and also south Mohembo border post?
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    Default Buying supplies in Maun late on Sat

    Hi Tara


    Great info, thanks.


    We are leaving Jhb on Fri afternoon and then driving from Martin's Drift to Maun on Saturday morning. Our plan is to pack what veg and meat we think we will need, and if it gets confiscated well, C'est la vie. We will then just have to re-supply.


    But here's my question - we plan to leave at sparrow's on Saturday but if we get to Maun late afternoon on Saturday will we have much shopping options? And are we safe in assuming that supermarkets will be open on a Sunday morning, and that we will be able to stock up then?

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    Hi Tara,
    Next month we will be travelling from Ngoma to Katima Mulilo & back after a few days & then onto other Botswana campsites.
    Can I bring back meat through Ngoma or is there vet control there?
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    A friend of mine contacted customs at Martin's Drift and was advised the following:


    No restrictions on bringing meat into the country; however he did not indicate if any of the vet control stops would allow or not


    No fruit or tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, etc. but did not mention potatoes, onions, etc.


    Again not certain if the various vet fences going North and West will allow or not.

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    The shops are open on a Sunday, most are open all day, but butcheries are open until midday. Choppies/Spar/Shoprite are open most the day.

    There isnt a Vet fence at Ngoma - so bringing meat back from Namibia is fine. But if you're worried, there is a butchery/shops in Kasane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taraleegoosen View Post
    The shops are open on a Sunday, most are open all day, but butcheries are open until midday. Choppies/Spar/Shoprite are open most the day.

    There isnt a Vet fence at Ngoma - so bringing meat back from Namibia is fine. But if you're worried, there is a butchery/shops in Kasane.
    Thanks Tara, appreciate your help

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