Pesapal is Kenya's leading Payment Provider, enabling you to make and accept online & mobile payments. Pesapal provides a simple, safe and secure way for individuals and businesses to make and accept payments in Africa.
Pesapal FeaturesBack to top
Pesapal does not have virtual terminal features and requires that users process transactions through the Pesapal payment interface. This means that when it comes time to make a payment, your customer will be redirected from Checkfront to Pesapal and then back again once the transaction is complete.
Due to the lack of virtual terminal functionality, Pesapal cannot be seamlessly integrated with the Checkfront payment page. As such, Pesapal does not allow you to process credit cards on behalf of your customers in the Checkfront admin area. Payments can only be made via the customer-facing booking portal.
Setup in CheckfrontBack to top
To enable Pesapal, log in to your Checkfront account and navigate to Manage > Ecommerce Setup, making sure the Payment tab is selected.
Here you see a list of available payment modules. Locate the Pesapal tile from the list.
You find it by clicking on the links in the left side menu labelled Available to [your country] or All. You can also search for the Pesapal tile directly in the provided search box.
Hover over the tile, which turns grey, and click.
This opens the Pesapal activation window, as pictured above. From here, you need to input your Merchant API Key and your Merchant API Secret. Both of these are included in the email Pesapal sends to you after creating a business account.
After inputting your credentials, click the blue Activate button to save the configuration.
Pesapal is now successfully integrated with your Checkfront account and is listed under your section of Active Providers.
Sandbox/Demo ModeBack to top
We highly recommend you run an end-to-end test on your Payment Provider to make sure it is communicating properly with Checkfront before taking live payments.
Check the box labeled Sandbox/demo mode to operate in a test environment.
Please note, Pesapal requires a different set of API credentials when using the sandbox mode. You can find these in your Pesapal merchant dashboard below the transaction list in My Dashboard.
Create a few test bookings through the front end and make sure the payments are making their way through to the Checkfront Booking Manager. Once you are satisfied, you can begin receiving real payments from real customers.
Don't forget to uncheck this box, however, once you're satisfied and ready to take real, live payments from your customers.
IPN SettingsBack to top
It is recommended you configure the IPN settings within the Pesapal Merchant Dashboard to ensure all transactions are successfully recorded.
From within the Pesapal Merchant Dashboard, navigate to Account Settings > IPN Settings in the left sidebar.
Locate the section labeled Add new URL and input your website domain and IPN listener URL.
Website Domain: This is the URL of your Checkfront Booking Manager and is unique to your account. You will replace myaccount with whatever your account is.
IPN Listener URL: This is the URL provided in the activation window we worked with earlier. Again, you will replace myaccount with whatever your account is.
Once you've input the URLs, click Save URL to complete the process. And that's it, all done!