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  1. #1
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    Default Just checking .....

    We are entering Botswana via McCarthy's rest. We are going to Mabuashehube and Kgalagadi and I would like to avoid buying Pula.
    I did not do this trip in about 18 months and would appreciate an update .

    Can one still pay the border fees by Credit card or Rand ?
    Can one still pay for fuel by card in Tsabong ?
    Is there an ATM in Tsabong should I REALLY need Pula?


    What is the situation with fire wood? May I take firewood over the border & is there wood available in Tsabong ?
    Or may I pick up wood in the veld on the way to Mabu ??

    Many thanks.

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    Default Re: Just checking .....

    Hi Theo

    I can help.
    Border fees: Credit card yes, might be offline so Pula in cash is king. They dont accept Rands.
    Fuel at Tsabong: Pay by card yes.
    Pula withdrawl: I cant recall a bank. But there should be a teller somewhere. Rates might
    differ. Better to buy Pula at your bank in SA.
    Firewood: I have never been asked about firewood at the border. To pick up firewood in any BWNP is not allowed. I have bought wood from the Engen garage is Tshabong.

    Enjoy the trip

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    Default Re: Just checking .....

    Why avoid buying Pula? Card paymend can be down (yesterday in a hotel in Germany or a year ago in Maun).
    Always wise to have some dollars, euro or maybe rand.
    Some things (e.g. firewood) will be best bought in Pula. Most other things go plastc

    In Iceland we managed everything with plastic, even a toilet visit. At home in Netherlands you can come a long way too. But still without any cash I feel unsure.

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    Default Re: Just checking .....

    (double)
    Last edited by Hendrikk; 2019/07/28 at 10:31 PM. Reason: double

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