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Zambia side - chaotic, Botswana - sterile

In Zambia, on the slipway area and approach, its chaotic, vehicles all over the place and with... read more

Reviewed April 27, 2018
Quite an experience

Well it’s the only way to cross the river until the bridge is finished so you have just got to go... read more

Reviewed April 16, 2018
Northampton, United Kingdom
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All reviews be aware by foot both sides no problem the river crossing immigration botswana countries lorries taxi mins kilometers pontoon
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Reviewed October 26, 2017 via mobile

Easy to taxi to either side of the crossing. From Livingstone the current rate is 40 kwacha for a share taxi (with 3 others) from the taxi rank in Livingstone to the border.

There is about a 5 minute walk from immigration to the boat on the Botswana side and about a 1 minute walk on the Zambia side.

If traveling by foot just walk on after the truck. I was made to buy a ticket one direction (2 kwatcha) but not in the other direction. Go figure. The crossing probably only takes 5 mins.
Of course you have to go through immigration both sides. If you're just walking it is a fairly quick and easy process. You need a visa to enter Zambia but not Botswana.
You can easily exchange money with locals on either side of the crossing just be aware of the current exchange rates.

It looked chaotic but was quite a straight forward fun experience.

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank funlight
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Reviewed July 24, 2017

If you travel with a small vehicle the crossing will not be a problem. We crossed into Zambia and back again after 2 weeks and each crossing took us less than an hour with a 4x4 and a trailer. However the queue on the Botswana side with trucks was 4,8km long and they told us it took them 9 days in the queue to get across. The bridge should be finished in 2 years time and so also this unique experience watched by Eliphant on the shore. Try and pay with Zambian Kwacha which is only K150 but if you pay with US$ it is the equivalent of K270.

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank Danie92
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Reviewed July 17, 2017

Zambezi River is the 4th largest in Africa and winds around 4 countries. See both sides of the channels - watching hippo families swim, elephants on the sides of the reserves. Free flow of drinks and enough canapes to enjoy a relaxing afternoon sun from the upper deck and watch the sun setting around 6pm ish...

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank dycch1955
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Reviewed July 16, 2017 via mobile

Having been warned, briefed, and even discouraged from making this crossing by car as a non resident of either Zambia or Botswana our sense of adventure took over all reasonable logic. Firstly check, check and check again that you have the correct and originally documents for your car (hire companies should know this), ignore the several miles of heavy goods vehicles that are stuck in the queue for many days / weeks and keep driving forward to the front. When you arrive you will be approached by many guides who will offer and efficient passage through the madness that exists on the Zambian side. Unless you have done the crossing a number of times I would engage with a guide and negotiate the average 150 kwatcha ( remember it's for him and not the whole entourage that will appear). Ensure you have all the appropriate original docs for the car ( rentals should have all this) before you start to go through the tour of portakabins to do some photocopying (extra charge) and then onto the customs to fill in more forms. Once done it's back to the car to then try and queue just the lorries and get one of the few spots available per crossing ( 2 or 3 cars or a lorry and a car). The crossing takes about 15-20 mins and the passengers will have to get out of the vehicle. Payment is made on the pontoon and yet more form filling. Beware when you disembark that the foot passengers don't use your car / bumpers / wheel arches as a way of avoiding wet feet. The Botswana immigration is a complete contrast to the Zambian side but still has its share of forms to fill in.
It's interesting to know that at the mid point of the crossing you could be in any of four countries- Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia or Botswana. Well worth the experience but allow at least 1.5 to 2 hrs on a good day to do this. Tip - if using a guide go with him and hold your docs, don't hand them over and agree rate that you will stick to.

Date of experience: July 2017
5  Thank Camal63
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Reviewed June 13, 2017

We used the ferry by foot. Even if we have read that there is a ticket, we have just walked on the ferry and passed to Zambia! The border process is ok and it needs its time (it depends on how many people are there to cross the borders).

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Alex K
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