The border post at Buitepos (7am–midnight) lies 315km east of Windhoek, and 115km east of Gobabis, Namibia’s last sizeable town on the B6, which forms part of the Trans Kalahari Highway, a good paved road that travels across the desert to Gaborone (around 800km), the capital of Botswana, with onward connections to South Africa. Don’t forget that if you’re entering Namibia with a vehicle registered outside the country, you’ll need to pay to import your vehicle into Namibia. Conversely, if you are entering Botswana with a Namibian-registered vehicle similar costs will have to be met in Pula. In addition, if the vehicle is rented, you’ll need to have informed the rental firm in advance and paid the relevant supplement. The Botswana firm Monnakgotla Transport runs a weekend bus service between Windhoek and Gaborone, Botswana.
If you need to stay the night to make an early start across the border, East Gate Rest Camp (t 062 560405, w eastgate-namibia.com; camping N$80/person, bungalows N$600), 400m before the border, is the place to crash. A predominantly self-catering rest camp – with campgrounds and cabins that share ablutions, and air-conditioned bungalows for two or four – it may be short on style, but it is inexpensive and has all the basics you might need: restaurant, shop, fuel station and a pool to wash off the desert dust. They’ll even exchange limited amounts of currency.