Swaziland Transit to Kruger - Golela Border Post and Meat Restrictions





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    Default Swaziland Transit to Kruger - Golela Border Post and Meat Restrictions

    We always travel via Swaziland to Kruger from Pinetown, and after 5 years of absence had the "privilege" of having to bribe an "official" (not confirmed as he is always in plain clothes) to take our frozen and vacuum sealed meat through Swazi en route to Kruger.

    When we last entered via this gate in Dec 2016 - he was MIA.... much to our delight, despite having removed and hidden all meat from the freezer before we got to the border.

    We are now going back to Kruger again, in Dec for 12 days over Christmas and New Year.

    Has anyone travelled this route recently... and have they had any encounters with this "official"?? I would really like to take my own meat and bacon with but would hate confrontation!

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    Default Re: Swaziland Transit to Kruger - Golela Border Post and Meat Restrictions

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    Default Re: Swaziland Transit to Kruger - Golela Border Post and Meat Restrictions

    Just done that route again, we always hid our frozen meat and repack it at Nsele Safari lodge.
    We had a few yrs ago , we an official wanted to take our meat, after we took pics of him and asked for his name and rank he said we can proceed.
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    Default Re: Swaziland Transit to Kruger - Golela Border Post and Meat Restrictions

    Honest question: why drive through Swaziland when heading to Kruger from Dbn? The schlep of border posts is just not worth it.
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    Default Re: Swaziland Transit to Kruger - Golela Border Post and Meat Restrictions

    Hi guys
    the Messers and I are heading to Kruger for our anniversary in 2 weeks time, was going to go through Swazi but if there's going to be issues then maybe I should just go around.
    Have only ever been there once, so I have limited knowledge.
    whats the time saving going via Swazi as opposed to going around.
    is meat an issue at the border as I want to take my weeks supply from here.

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    Default Re: Swaziland Transit to Kruger - Golela Border Post and Meat Restrictions

    I have always travelled through eSwatini, however did the N3 to Ladysmith, Badplaas, Barberton, Whiteriver, Kruger on our last trip.
    What a long route and as for the continual climbing. Never again.
    Now I have to find a way to bye pass the potholed stretch from Big Bend to Siteki.
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    Default Re: Swaziland Transit to Kruger - Golela Border Post and Meat Restrictions

    Going through the border is no hassle, for meat, we always take it through.
    Like I said once before you had a "hungry" official, but he got nothing.
    Another big tip , when crossing , and the Swazi officials ask where are you going , tell them you are going on holiday to Hlane Royal Park, their pride and joy, and you are waved off immediately.

    There is absolutely not one hill climb to do , if you take N2 , and go through Swaziland

    Reason I go , is 485 km to Croc Bridge from Mtunzini , or over 700 km around the kingdom, so its a no brainer
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