Cross Border Vehicle Tips

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We have compiled a few important pointers with regards cross border travel . It is always worth checking with the Automobile Association before departing as the rules may change from time to time.You will have to display the following stickers on your vehicle:

  • White ‘reflective tape’ strips 100 x 50 must be applied to the front bumper, positioned to the left and right corners. (Zambia & Zimbabwe only)
  • Red ‘reflective tape’ strips 100 x 50 must be applied to the rear bumper, positioned to the left and right corners. (Zambia & Zimbabwe only)
  • A ‘ZA’ oval sticker right rear of the vehicle
  • Apply a Yellow triangle on a blue background to the front of your vehicle. (Right front) If you are towing a trailer or caravan they will also need these stickers applied.Right hand rear of trailer or caravan. (Mozambique)
  • A reflective white T on a black background. Right hand front of vehicle
  • A reflective red T on a black background. Back of trailer or caravan- right hand rear.
  • Your vehicle needs a fire extinguisher that is mounted within easy reach of the driver. Two if towing a trailer or caravan. The second one must be located in the trailer or caravan
  • A minimumof two warning triangles per vehicle are required.
  • When going into Mozambique, Zambia & Zimbabweyou need to have a reflective safety vest in the vehicle, if more than two people are in the vehicle at least 2 vests (A safe rule is one per person).

If at all possible avoid paying bribes as a situation could escalate which could see you or members of your group being detained.

About the Author

Glyn Demmer

My first 4x4 was a Nissan Hardbody thereafter I started travelling all over the country. In 1992 we held a big 4x4 day with hundreds of Nissan families, and then the 4x4 bug really bit. A friend Monty Brett and I started running 4x4 courses at the Hennops Off-road Trail just outside of Johannesburg. At first we offered day-and-a-half courses that started on Friday afternoon and finished on Saturday afternoon. Hannes Grobler the Rally Ace regularly assisted, and we reached a nice balance between our two styles and our skills.

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