Pandamatenga border Botswana /Zimbabwe | Customs and Immigration

Zimbabwe

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Last Visited: about 2 years ago
GPS: -18.524601, 25.663418
Altitude: 1082.4 masl

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Small, uncrowded border crossing. Open 8am - 5pm
Botswana: there is no customs in Pandamatenga. Immigration stamped our carnet. They told us this is their agreement with customs and is common for them.
Zimbabwe: immigration and customs are next to each other in one building. Very nice people. We bought our visas (for US citizens, $30 single entry or $45 double).
Fees for the vehicle were $50 total: road access fee, carbon tax, and third-party insurance - all valid for 30 days.
Customs Inspection was quick and easy. No questions about meat or alcohol.
Finally, we showed our carnet to police at the boom gate right in front of the customs and immigration building. They did ask what we brought for them from the US. We said nothing. No problem.

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From Zimbabwe to Botswana as South Africans in our own vehicle. 10mins on Zim side: they stamped passports and checked TIP. Then a policeman in plains clothes checked our car reg papers and then we were cleared to go. They did ask for something "extra" (leftovers or dollars) but didn't badger us when we said we had nothing. Bots side 10mins. Filled on immigration papers, they stamped passports, driver fills in a book. Then an inspector checked our vehicle (she let us through witha few mangoes as she said we would be eating them soon). Easy border crossing. Friendly people both sides. Always makes things smoother when you learn how to greet and say thankyou in the local language. The 27km of gravel road from where you turn off from the main road north from Nantwich gate, Hwange is VERY corrugated but a beautiful scenery.

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Leaving Botswana took 5-10 minutes. Entering Zimbabwe took about 20 minutes. The officials in the office were very friendly. One guard at the Zimbabwean gate asked for money - not a bribe, more like begging. He wasn’t insistent when I didn’t answer.

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great no hassles border post, the only negative is the bad road through park, in the rainy season if passable with a 4x4, as it was dry I went in with fitted out van, the park has lots of Lions so cyclists will not be allowed through as confirmed by border officials, at time of writing you may take in 40 litres of fuel

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Easy border crossing. They made us pay $70 dollars for the car as with a rental the road tax was 50 instead of 30 for a private vehicle.
Cash only and change was not possible at the immigration counter, so take small notes!

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Opening hours from 8am to 5pm. Very easy and quiet.

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very easy border. we were the only ones there. took about 40min to get from Botswana into Zimbabwe. In Zimbabwe they only have single/double entry visas. No univisa (zim/zam). We paid $30pp for a single entry visa and $50 for our car (Toyota Land Cruiser 80).

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Very relaxed and friendly borderpost. We arrived at lunchtime and were the only ones there. Exiting Botswana took 5 min and entering Zimbabwe about 15 min. Customs and Immigration in the same building on both sides. Stamped our Carnet on both sides. After the Border you drive through a National Park which was very nice. There is a easy dirt road for about 55 km. Much better than Kazungula. Highly recommended!

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Small, uncrowded border crossing. Open 8am - 4pm
Botswana: there is no customs in Pandamatenga. Immigration stamped our carnet. They told us this is their agreement with customs and is common for them.
Zimbabwe: immigration and customs are next to each other in one building. Very nice people. We bought our visas (for US citizens, $30 single entry or $45 double).
Fees for the vehicle were $50 total: road access fee, carbon tax, and third-party insurance - all valid for 30 days.
Customs Inspection was quick and easy. No questions about meat or alcohol.
Finally, we showed our carnet to police at the boom gate right in front of the customs and immigration building. They did ask what we brought for them from the US. We said nothing. No problem.

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