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    Whatís the cheapest way to get Pula if crossing at Groblersbrug? Do you need pula in advance for border formalities, or is there an ATM up there that you could withdraw Pula using a debit card? Or is it better to exchange via a bank in SA before leaving? Investec can deliver currency to me, but typically Iíve found the best exchange rate comes from using a debit card directly at the atm machine...

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    I think our costs were about P320 for car, caravan for a 30 day permit. Itís more for non SA citizens. I didnít see an ATM there, we take some for the start of the trip then top up when weíre there by drawing at an ATM. I read somewhere that Bots (read Zim as well) are stopping the use of Rands, might want to check that.
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    I haven't seen an ATM there.

    I usually just pay at the border with a credit card, and then draw Pula at an ATM at the first shopping centre that I see.
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    There is an ATM there on Botswana side, but outside the "official" border block compund. The officials happily let us go there to get some Pula to pay for border formalities.

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    I buy at Bidvest ; best service ; ATM ok but last resort ; eg in ponta - mozambique ATM charged me R90 for R1000 worth transaction or +_ 9 % ; commission at Bidvest +- 2,1% ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortelius View Post
    There is an ATM there on Botswana side, but outside the "official" border block compund. The officials happily let us go there to get some Pula to pay for border formalities.

    That was few years ago....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hennie loubser View Post
    Swipe your bank card there is card fasility
    One of the fees for the car (I don't remember which one exactly) had to be paid in cash only at the time of our visit. Hence they've sent us to the nearby ATM.

    Might be different regulations nowadays...
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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyahhey View Post
    What’s the cheapest way to get Pula if crossing at Groblersbrug? Do you need pula in advance for border formalities, or is there an ATM up there that you could withdraw Pula using a debit card? Or is it better to exchange via a bank in SA before leaving? Investec can deliver currency to me, but typically I’ve found the best exchange rate comes from using a debit card directly at the atm machine...
    Get some from the bank before you leave. We have found there is a negligible difference between the bank exchange rate and ATM in Botswana. Then draw at the ATM's when in Botswana. But keep in mind that ATM's can have very long queues in certain towns as well as on Saturdays, Sundays, month end and before public holidays.

    Be careful of Martinsdrift and using your card. Firstly sometimes their card machine does not work or the connection is very slow. Secondly you are going to wait for a while at the window to pay. More trucks use Martinsdrift these days as they want to avoid Beitbrug. Kwanokeng filling station right at the border has a service where they pay your fees and get the permits in exchange for you filling up at the fuel station.

    Botswana has stopped accepting Rands at border posts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ortelius View Post
    One of the fees for the car (I don't remember which one exactly) had to be paid in cash only at the time of our visit. Hence they've sent us to the nearby ATM.

    Might be different regulations nowadays...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lekhubu943 View Post
    Get some from the bank before you leave. We have found there is a negligible difference between the bank exchange rate and ATM in Botswana.
    For what its worth we also always order and get a couple of thousand Pula from foreign exchange at our bank well before leaving. ATMs can be troublesome and my holiday time is too precious to be riding around looking for functioning ATMs. We use our cards and ATMs wherever convenient. I agree that exchange rates/commisions are very similar.
    If we have unused Pula towards the end of the trip, we use them up on refueling the vehicle.
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    Thank you so much for all the quick replies!

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    Get enough Pula for your border crossing and if crossing at Grobblerbrug, then go and exchange at Sherwood 10km insode the border...2 weeks ago they were R1.25 for a PULA versus R1.40 at Inter Africa exchange in Pretoria...
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    Exchanged at ABSA 3 weeks ago, and I paid R1.70. Sure there are cheaper ways. Wont use the bank again, Ill make a other plan. Seem to me cards are excepted for petrol, so Ill have less cash, and fuel up with my debit card. Not sure what the exchange rate will be then, But hope its better than R1.70!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hendrick View Post
    Exchanged at ABSA 3 weeks ago, and I paid R1.70. Sure there are cheaper ways. Wont use the bank again, Ill make a other plan. Seem to me cards are excepted for petrol, so Ill have less cash, and fuel up with my debit card. Not sure what the exchange rate will be then, But hope its better than R1.70!
    Just a word of caution...you are never guaranteed that their card machines/networks are working...the big Engen garage in Letlhakane's card facilities have been down for more than a month - that was 2 weeks back.

    I would say ALWAYS have a spare P1000 on you at all times...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor_Mathews View Post
    Just a word of caution...you are never guaranteed that their card machines/networks are working...the big Engen garage in Letlhakane's card facilities have been down for more than a month - that was 2 weeks back.

    I would say ALWAYS have a spare P1000 on you at all times...
    Well this goes for any filling station around BW. Even in Gabs its often the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor_Mathews View Post
    Get enough Pula for your border crossing and if crossing at Grobblerbrug, then go and exchange at Sherwood 10km insode the border...2 weeks ago they were R1.25 for a PULA versus R1.40 at Inter Africa exchange in Pretoria...
    I need to aplogise for incorrect info given...I had the xchange rate totally wrong...I called Sherwood to confirm...

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    does anyone know if Bots borders accepting Nam dollar , euro or US dollar in cash?
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    Only Pula or cards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor_Mathews View Post
    I need to aplogise for incorrect info given...I had the xchange rate totally wrong...I called Sherwood to confirm...

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    I have caused anyone.

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    What was the actual exchange rate in Sherwood? Mas o menos 1.40 i guess.
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    I got Pula at the Std Bank today, 1.54 exchange rate

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