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
Zimbabwe Harare 2,515 km 4 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*
Zimbabwe Beitbridge 07:00-24:00*
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.

 

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)

Also take a look at the Trans Kalahari Corridor Secretariat's website www.tkcmc.com

 

 

Customs & Roads Authorities

Namibia

Western Region            
Walvis Bay            
Tel.: +264 64 208 6400        
Fax: +264 64 208 6036        
e-mail: walvisbay@mof.gov.na    

Central Region
Windhoek
Tel.: +264 61 209 2422 / 209 2421
Fax: +264 61 220 013
e-mail: windhoekregional@mof.gov.na

Hosea Kutako International Airport    
Tel.: +264 62 560 322 / 560 459             
Fax: +264 62 560 418
e-mail: hoseakutako@mof.gov.na

Eastern Region – Trans Kalahari Border

Tel.: +264 62 560 401
Fax: +264 62 540 025
e-mail: transkalahari@mof.gov.na

Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication (MWTC)

Department of Transport: Director of Transport
Tel.: +264 61 208 8624
Fax: +264 61 208 8441

Roads Authority (RA)
Weighbridges Division

Windhoek 
Tel.: +264 61 284 7009    

Fax: +264 61 284 7013
        
Walvis Bay 
Tel.: +264 64 209 667

Fax: +264 64 209 610    
        
Brakwater 
Tel.: +264 61 213 995

Fax: +264 61 218 253

Gobabis

Tel: +264 62 564 676 / 563 043

Fax: +264 62 562 006 

Permits Division
Tel.: +264 61 284 7000

 

Botswana

Botswana Unified Revenue Service
Customs Commissioner
Tel.: +267 392 2129 / 363 9503


Ministry of Transport & Communications
Department of Road Transport and Safety
Transport Promotion and Control Division
Principal Transport Officer
Tel.: +267 390 5422 / 368 8648

Vehicle Registration and Licensing Division
Principal Transport Officer
Tel.: +267 390 5422 / 368 8648

Road Safety Division
Acting Principal Traffic Safety Officer
Tel.: +267 390 5422 / 368 8648

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 12 422 4447
Fax: +27 12 452 9669

Ministry of Transport
National Department of Transport: Infrastructure Planning
Tel.: +27 12 309 3120 or 309 3480
Fax: +27 12 309 3471

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

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