The main border post on the KwaZulu-Natal –
Swaziland border is Golela (in Swaziland, Lavumisa). The
border post consists of a road access point with a customs
inspection shed and clearing facilities. It is equipped
with offices for customs and immigration officials. The
access, via boom-controlled entry points from the South
African and Swaziland sides, is a spacious layout with
adequate amenities for processing existing traffic.
The border crossing also includes the rail link between
Swaziland and South Africa, with extensive shunting and
marshalling facilities on the South African side.
Cross Border Traffic
The average number of persons crossing the border in each
direction is 700,000 per annum. Road traffic is shown in
the table below.
To view the roadfreight tables, click here.
Road freight includes a considerable amount of fuel
transported by road from South Africa, as well as
export traffic comprising of paper, fruit, sugar, and
cargo. The total volume of freight transported per annum
is approximately 1.5 million tons to the north and 800,000
tons to the south.
Rail traffic crossing the border amounts to approximately
2.5 million tons per annum, the largest proportion of
which is ferro - manganese ore which originates in
Phalaborwa and transits the Swaziland
railway system via Komatipoort, Mananga and Golela. Rail
traffic also includes a large amount of Swaziland export
traffic and imports from South Africa.
Border Opening Times
The border is open from 07h00 to 22h00 each day for road
traffic. Rail traffic is accommodated 24 hours per day.
The border post is equipped to handle immigration, police
matters, customs and clearance, and there is an
agricultural inspectorate on site.
Golela Cross Border
Golela Inspection Shed