Update: 4th April 2012. Please note that this extension of border hours at Ngwenya-Oshoek border has been stalled until further notice. Seems we are busy dancing with our South African counterparts… one step forward-one step back. We will keep you posted as and when the tempo changes.
See our post on Easter 2012 border hours extension
The Oshoek-Ngwenya Border Post into Swaziland will be extending its operating hours from the 1st April. The border will now be closing at 24h00 on a daily basis. This is an extension for the original 22h00 closing time and is believed to be the last step before the border finally switches to a 24-hour format.
The extra two hours were increased due to the volume of traffic through the Oshoek-Ngwenya border. This time extension will give travellers and transporters the chance to hopefully cross the border with less stress particularly during busy periods.
The Ngwenya Border is the main border post between South Africa and Swaziland in terms of traffic flow. This is largely due to the fact that it sits on the shortest route between Johannesburg or Mbombela (Nelspruit) and the Swazui capital of Mbabane.
Although it is the quickest route to Swaziland from Johannesburg it remains infamous for its winding route and the fact that often in the evenings a thick mist settles on the section of road from Carolina to the border. This reduces traffic speed to 40-60km/h at times and causes much stress for those travellers who had not left much time to spare in reaching Swaziland. The extra two hours will no doubt go a long way to increasing road safety on this stretch of road.
The new operating hours at Ngwenya border post (as of 1st April 2012) will be: Mon- Sun 07h00- 24h00
Have a safe journey!