One of the border posts between South Africa and Botswana is Martin’s Drift (note: the same border post is known in South Africa as Groblersbrug). The border is formed by the Limpopo river and you cross it with a bridge. The border post is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., however, we recommend that you avoid driving in the dark and therefore reach the border in time. The roads in both South Africa and Botswana that lead to this border post are regularly traversed by cows, goats, donkeys and game, so pay attention especially when it is dark.
You get a free tourist visa (stamp in your passport) when you cross the border, this visa is valid for 1 month but extension to 90 days is possible. When you cross a border with a (rental) car, it is important that you take all the papers from the car and insurance with you, as well as a paper that states that you can drive the car (for example, the lease from the rental company or a letter from the owner of the car). You are required to have a warning triangle in the car (preferably two) and the car must have a country sticker (‘ZA’ if it concerns a South African car).