Plum Tree Border, going north, best time of day to go through?





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    Hi all,

    Because of the need to make my petrol stretch as far as I can on this trip to Zim (and also pulling a trailer), I plan to go through the Plumtree border post on either Wednesday the 2nd or the Thursday the 3rd of October.

    Haven't been north through this border in a while. Any input on best time of day to hit it to avoid border traders and buses, heavy traffic?

    I'm thinking about arriving between 9-10 am on one of those days?

    Would anyone have up to date information on whether that seems wise or not?

    any information greatly appreciated.

    thanks,
    John

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    Dear John,

    From previous experience the best time to pass through Plumtree is late afternoon, however this is not always possible for us RSA's, the early hours of the morning should be avoided as heavy trucks, buses and public transport normally que up. It has taken us an average of 90 minutes both sides on previous visits, I would suggest that the most important aspect is to have all your paper work and understanding the border crossing process/requirements, this will make your experience much pleasant!!

    Wishing you a great and safe trip!!

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    Thanks for the great information!

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    Quote Originally Posted by darraaz View Post
    Dear John,

    From previous experience the best time to pass through Plumtree is late afternoon, however this is not always possible for us RSA's, the early hours of the morning should be avoided as heavy trucks, buses and public transport normally que up. It has taken us an average of 90 minutes both sides on previous visits, I would suggest that the most important aspect is to have all your paper work and understanding the border crossing process/requirements, this will make your experience much pleasant!!

    Wishing you a great and safe trip!!

    Cheers

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    Hi Johnnie,Why do you not try Matsiloje via Selibe Pikwe. Fill up at Pikwe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikevR View Post
    Hi Johnnie,Why do you not try Matsiloje via Selibe Pikwe. Fill up at Pikwe.
    Hi Mike,

    Strictly a fuel consumption issue. Went through Masiloje in May with the family and road has gotten pretty bad (at least with a trailer that is not an off road trailer) and so will use more petrol than going through Plumtree. Can fill in Francistown and then top off at the Caltex in Tshesebe and will only have about 120 kms on the tank and tar driving when I hit bulawayo.

    going to need to every liter I can spare on this trip. And with the extra kms and rough road, fuel consumption will be worse going via Masiloje (much as I would like to!).

    John

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