Is it possible / guaranteed to be able to get a tourist visa at the Pafuri border? Also, must one have proof of booking, as we will just be in Moz for a few hours before crossing into Gonarezhou in Zimbabwe.
Visas have routinely been issued at Pafuri border for over ten years. As the computer system usually does not work here, manual visas are issued which are fully legal. Yes visas are issued at Pafuri for ZAR850 cash only and dollars or other forex not accepted . Note that South Africans and citizens of Moz other neighboring and SADC countries do not need visas.
Here is a copy of the official "Boletim de Republica" (government gazette) listing which borders are authorized to issue a "Visto de Fronteira" (Border visa).