Trans-Kalahari Corridor


The Trans-Kalahari Corridor was jointly built by the Namibian and Botswana Governments in the 1990s with an initial investment of approximately N$850 million, and was officially opened in 1998. This Corridor comprises a tarred road linking the Port of Walvis Bay with Botswana and the industrial powerhouse of South Africa, Gauteng. The Corridor stretches over 1,900 km along Walvis Bay-Windhoek-Gaborone-Johannesburg/Pretoria. It is supported by a railway line from the Port of Walvis Bay to Gobabis (via Windhoek), where transhipment facilities are available, and continues from Lobatse in Botswana.

The Trans-Kalahari Corridor is complemented by the Maputo Corridor on the east coast of Africa, thus forming a transport corridor over the entire breadth of southern Africa.

The Trans-Kalahari Corridor Management Committee, a joint regional committee with rotatory chairmanship, was initiated and established by Namibia’s Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication in conjunction with the Botswana and South African Governments as well as private sector transport representatives.

The Committee’s purpose is to simplify cross-border transactions and customs operations along the Corridor. Among the Committee’s achievements is the introduction of the Single Administration Document (SAD 500), which ensures commercial traffic clearance of between 20 to 30 minutes at the border points on the Corridor. This procedure is being rolled out to other corridors in the region.

Through their joint efforts, the Committee members – Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa – signed a Memorandum of Understanding and established a Trans-Kalahari Corridor Secretariat office hosted by the Walvis Bay Corridor Group.

Distance Table

Country Location Distance from Walvis Bay Transit time
Botswana Francistown 1,781 km 3 days
  Gaborone 1,366 km 2 days
Namibia Gobabis 605 km 2 days
  Windhoek 384 km 1 day
South Africa Johannesburg 1,900 km 2 days

Transit Table

Trans-Kalahari Corridor transit times Travel time (days) Customs clearance(days) Total transit time(days)  
Walvis Bay–Gaborone (Botswana) 2 30 min 2  
Day 1: Walvis Bay to Mamuno (1,000 km)        
Day 2: Mamuno to Gaborone (767 km)        
Walvis Bay–Gauteng (South Africa) 2 30 min 2  
Day 1: Walvis Bay to Mamuno (1,000 km)        
Day 2: Mamuno to Johannesburg (1900 km)        
Port of Walvis Bay stacking days        
(free storage days) n/a n/a 3  

Border Post Operating Hours

Country Border post Operating hours
Botswana Mamuno 07:00–24:00*
  Pioneers’Gate 07:00–24:00*
Namibia Buitepos 07:00–24:00*
South Africa Skilpadshek 07:00–24:00*

Please note that Namibia operates on daylight savings time during the winter months (April to September); summer months = GMT +2, winter months = GMT +1.

For further details on the customs or transport documents required at each border post along the Trans-Kalahari Corridor, please contact the relevant office in the country concerned. (see below)

Customs & Roads Authorities

Namibia

Western Region            
Walvis Bay            
Tel.: +264 64 2086000        
Fax: +264 64 2086036        
e-mail: walvisbay@mof.gov.na    

Central Region
Windhoek
Tel.: +264 61 2092422 / 2092421
Fax: +264 61 220013
e-mail: windhoekregional@mof.gov.na

Hosea Kutako International Airport    
Tel.: +264 62 560322 / 560459             
Fax: +264 62 560418
e-mail: hoseakutako@mof.gov.na

Eastern Region – Trans-Kalahari Border

Tel.: +264 62 560401
Fax: +264 62 540025
e-mail: transkalahari@mof.gov.na

THE TRANS-KALAHARI CORRIDOR is complemented by the Maputo Corridor on the east coast of Africa, thus forming a transport corridor over the entire breadth of southern Africa.

Botswana

Botswana Unified Revenue Service
Customs Commissioner
Tel.: +267 3639101 / 3639119 / 3956100

Ministry of Works and Transport
Department of Road Transport and Safety
Transport Promotion and Control Division
Principal Transport Officer
Tel.: +267 3952240

Registration and Licensing Division
Acting Principal Transport Officer
Tel.: +267 3971178

Road Safety Division
Acting Principal Traffic Safety Officer
Tel.: +267 3975062

Weighbridges are situated in the following towns: Dibete, Francistown, Kazangula, Manuno, Ngoma, Pioneer, Ramathlabama, Ramokgwebane, Sehitwa, Serule Martin’s Drift, and Tlokweng.

URL: www.transport.gov.bw or www.roads.gov.bw

South Africa

South African Revenue Service
Deputy Chief Operations Officer: Regional Coordination
Tel.: +27 12 4224447
Fax: +27 12 4529669

Ministry of Transport
National Department of Transport: Infrastructure Planning
Tel.: +27 12 3093120 or 3093480
Fax: +27 12 3093471

Information on weighbridges in South Africa can be obtained from the Ministry of Transport.

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