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    Hi,
    I would like to ask (I looked at older posts but could not find exact information) about paying fees at Martin's drift border. We are planing to enter Botswana (Travelling in mid August) at Martin's drift and we won't have any Pulas, as we will arrive to SA from Europe. I saw in several posts that you have to pay in cash the fees for entering Botswana. Is that so? If it is, is there any exchange office at the border or must we find a bank in South africa to by Pulas before we head for Martin's drift?

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    You can buy pulas when you arrive at OR Tambo
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    We leave on Friday and have be unsuccessful in getting Pula here in East London, I hope to swap $ or rands at the boarder post.

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    I have in the past been able to pay by credit card at Martins Drift. Smaller border posts do not have credit card facilities. Single entry will cost you a total of BWP 140 made up of: Road Permit 40, Road Fund 50 & insurance 50.
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    We paid 190 BWP for multientry. We went through Dobe checkpoint (from Namibia - but the fee should be the same) and as there is no payment facility (even no cash!!!) we arranged to pay this fee at BURS office at the airport in Maun. They are open till 22:00.
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    If I recall, they also accept South African Rand at the border but at an exchange rate that is in their favor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DETOUR-GP View Post
    If I recall, they also accept South African Rand at the border but at an exchange rate that is in their favor.

    Thanks. In some older posts I read that they do not accept Rands, that is the primary reason I started a new thread. Perhaps it is different at different posts?

    Thanks to everybody for useful answers.

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    Well, I cannot comment about other border posts but I do know that I have paid with South African Rand at Martinsdrift border post. I'm hoping some of the Botswana guys can confirm?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DETOUR-GP View Post
    ................. I'm hoping some of the Botswana guys can confirm?
    Don't know. I have never payed any fees in 15 years.

    I'm sure frequent visitors will know better.
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    3kms before the Martins Drift border at Big Fig Cafe there is a ACE currency exchange office.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlbertoE View Post
    3kms before the Martins Drift border at Big Fig Cafe there is a ACE currency exchange office.
    Is this a safe place to stop? Do they have decent exchange rates?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildpicture View Post
    Is this a safe place to stop? Do they have decent exchange rates?
    I have often stopped and stayed at Big Fig, not sure about the exchange rates but it is safe with all the normal precautions when changing money

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    You can always exchange whatever currency to Pula at Martinsdrift border post. Forex is available just around the corner from the border block on Botswana side. They let us through to the forex office to buy some Pula to cover border fees even though we weren't technically in Botswana yet....
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    Ek het hier die thread opgetrek....Ek soek nog bietjie pertinente inligting asseblief...

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    Default Re: South Africa to Botswana border crossing fees

    I have been through Ramotswa, Platjan, and Stockpoort border posts in the last six months and have always been able to pay in Rands. I am based in RSA however, so not sure if that impacts things at all.

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    Default Re: South Africa to Botswana border crossing fees

    Two weeks ago Martin's drift would not take Rands or dollars but had a credit card machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by faniedup View Post
    Two weeks ago Martin's drift would not take Rands or dollars but had a credit card machine.
    We had the same experience at Martin's drift week ago - only Pulas accepted, but credit card facility worked (although two cashiers shared one point making the process slow).

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    Default Re: South Africa to Botswana border crossing fees

    Tlokweng and Pioneer both refuse Rands for payment. My guess is that all of them are like that. Have used a Visa debit and credit card at the borders successfully. I have, however, had an instance where the card machine "wasn't working". Solved by going to the ATM on the Bots side (Tlokweng).

    I'd say try pay by card, but take a bunch of Rands and change at the border in case. Since Martins Drift is one of the bigger crossings you shouldn't have much difficulty changing currencies.
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