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Kopfontein Gate – [Tlokweng]


The Kopfontein Gate Border Post between South Africa and Botswana is very popular as it provides a short and direct route from the border to the capital city of Gaborone.

The road to the border turns from the N4 National toll route [Bakwena Platinum Highway] at Zeerust and passes the Madikwe Game Reserve. The gate is about 90 kms from Zeerust and from the border to Gaborone is a further 34 kms.

The buildings and facilities at this border crossing were upgraded in the 1990s and are modern and effective.

The border post is open from 06.00 through to 22.00 each day.

Freight vehicle traffic through the border at Kopfontein amounts to approximately 160 vehicles per day giving an annual amount of about 50,000 freight vehicle movements per year.

Kopfontein Gate
Kopfontein Gate

The estimated tons of goods crossing the border amounts to 870,000 tons per year with the main commodities being fuels, machinery and vehicles, perishables and general cargo such as furnishings, household goods and foodstuffs.

The main classes of dangerous goods are fuel and caustic soda.

Lobatse Border Post

The Lobatse border post is on the N4 national route on the South African side and links onto the Trans-Kgalagadi [Trans-Kalahari] route through to Namibia on the Botswana side of the border.


The border post is open from 06.00 through to 22.00 each day.


Lobatse is a busy border post with approximately 150 freight vehicles per day crossing the border . The estimated annual tonnage crossing the border is about 1 million tons, making it the most important border post for SA-Botswana trade by road.


The most important commodities at this point are, fuel [350,000 tons p.a.], iron and steel, chemicals and timber.

Lobatse Gate
Lobatse Gate

It is noteworthy that over 60% of the freight vehicles using this border post are long distance interlink and longer combination vehicles, indicating a large proportion of freight coming from various origins in South Africa and Namibia.
The Trans Kalahari route is used for movements of livestock from the Gobabis area of Namibia to abattoirs in the Johannesburg and Germiston.

Ramathlabama Border Post

The border post at Ramathlabama is the point at which the main rail line from the Western Cape to Botswana and Zimbabwe crosses the border. It is also an important direct route from Mmabatho and Mafikeng into Botswana.


The border post is open from 06.00 through to 22.00 each day.


Approximately 140 road freight vehicles per day cross the border with the main commodities being cement, general cargo under tarpaulins, perishables and some livestock. The annual amount transported by road through this border post is estimated at 850,000 tons.

Mafikeng: General view of the yard and station area with Botswana Railway diesels
Mafikeng: General view of the yard and station area with Botswana Railway diesels

The railway line through the border at this point carries annually, over 500,000 tons of cement from Slurry to Botswana and 550,000 tons of fuels from Tarlton, as well as fertiliser and maize from Gauteng, and about 3500 containers of general cargo.


Traffic from Botswana includes 180,000 tons of Sodium Carbonate [Soda ash], 80,000 tons of salt and 3500 tons of scrap metal.

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