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    Default Availability of BWP Notes

    I have phoned Bidvest, TravelEx (Canal Walk), Nedbank here in Cape Town and no one has Pula Notes

    Any suggestion?


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    Default Re: Availability of BWP Notes

    Why not withdraw from ATMs,as soon as you cross the border into Botswana. I guess at the border post, they have swipping machines, that you can pay with.

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    Default Re: Availability of BWP Notes

    Try the banks at the airport, they usually carry larger stocks of currency

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    Default Re: Availability of BWP Notes

    When you get back to SA the banks will laugh at you if you try and sell them the pula's - so spend it all

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    Default Re: Availability of BWP Notes

    Why would you want them ? Get some there or pay with your cards.
    There is no task too simple for some people to complicate !



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    Default Re: Availability of BWP Notes

    Quote Originally Posted by duncang View Post
    Why would you want them ? Get some there or pay with your cards.
    My understanding was that you need cash at the Border for all the vehicle and insurance charges?


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    Quote Originally Posted by KampGat View Post
    My understanding was that you need cash at the Border for all the vehicle and insurance charges?
    We paid by card at Martin's Drift.

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    Default Re: Availability of BWP Notes

    Card payment is accepted. Went through border today SA/Botswana. No issues. Just clear your SA card to use outside the borders with your bank.

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    Default Re: Availability of BWP Notes

    We went through Bokspits last month. Our traveling companions paid the fees by Credit card and then drew Pula from the ATM in Tsabong.

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    Just returned from trip through Botswana and Namibia, used card all over including all border crossings (x4)
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    Default Re: Availability of BWP Notes

    Quote Originally Posted by KampGat View Post
    My understanding was that you need cash at the Border for all the vehicle and insurance charges?
    They have card machines at border.posts now, so you no longer need money in the forms of cash notes...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lin29 View Post
    We went through Bokspits last month. Our traveling companions paid the fees by Credit card and then drew Pula from the ATM in Tsabong.
    I got to Tsabong and the ATM lines was very long. Just make sure you are not hiiting it Fri end of month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KampGat View Post
    My understanding was that you need cash at the Border for all the vehicle and insurance charges?
    Was just thinking back a while. I stayed in Bots 1 week per month for 25 years and can honestly not remember ever having Pula in my wallet ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by duncang View Post
    Was just thinking back a while. I stayed in Bots 1 week per month for 25 years and can honestly not remember ever having Pula in my wallet ?
    Yes even the Police got card machines for paying fines

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    Quote Originally Posted by duncang View Post
    Was just thinking back a while. I stayed in Bots 1 week per month for 25 years and can honestly not remember ever having Pula in my wallet ?
    I would just carry just few for firewood by roadside and for bush mechanic if i had a tire repair needed quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerhardF View Post
    I got to Tsabong and the ATM lines was very long. Just make sure you are not hiiting it Fri end of month.
    Yes thatís a good point. Our friend was lucky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAT n WOLF View Post
    I would just carry just few for firewood by roadside and for bush mechanic if i had a tire repair needed quickly.
    My company BM could drive on 3 wheels
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    Default Re: Availability of BWP Notes

    We eventually manage to get some at Absa just incase.....

    Thanks again for all the feedback!
    Last edited by KampGat; 2022/05/31 at 10:52 AM.


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    Default Re: Availability of BWP Notes

    Quote Originally Posted by duncang View Post
    Was just thinking back a while. I stayed in Bots 1 week per month for 25 years and can honestly not remember ever having Pula in my wallet ?
    Would you not need it to pay cash for permits on those routes that require permits?
    Also, may depend on if permits are acquired at the gate (of the parks) or at the Dept of Wildlife and National Parks in town?
    Last edited by Patroller; 2022/05/31 at 04:12 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patroller View Post
    Would you not need it to pay cash for permits on those routes that require permits?
    Also, may depend on if permits are acquired at the gate (of the parks) or at the Dept of Wildlife and National Parks in town?
    Was there only for business. Only bush I ever saw was the Bull and Bush pub
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