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    Planning to cross from Bots into Zambia at Kazungula on 1st July (coming up from PE en route to Kafue and it seems the best crossing if aim is to avoid Zim) - a few questions:
    Is it OK to "jump the queue" ahead of all the trucks?
    What sort of wait / time delay for the crossing?
    Is it a good idea to get there early in the morning?

    Have read the thread iro all the charges and have taken note - looks like some US$ are essential - is this so?
    Thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisT View Post
    Planning to cross from Bots into Zambia at Kazungula on 1st July (coming up from PE en route to Kafue and it seems the best crossing if aim is to avoid Zim) - a few questions:
    Is it OK to "jump the queue" ahead of all the trucks?
    What sort of wait / time delay for the crossing?
    Is it a good idea to get there early in the morning?

    Have read the thread iro all the charges and have taken note - looks like some US$ are essential - is this so?
    Thanks in advance
    You are almost expected to jump the queue!! They load a combination of trucks and ordinary vehicles at a time.
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    Rand is good!
    Jump past the long truck queues unless of course you would like to camp there for 2 to 3 days

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    Give Katima Mulilo some thought, it obviously depends also on where in Zambia you are heading for. I'm pretty sure it will be less effort and stressfull to do the extra distance to Katima for the cross-over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herman Kern View Post
    Give Katima Mulilo some thought, it obviously depends also on where in Zambia you are heading for. I'm pretty sure it will be less effort and stressfull to do the extra distance to Katima for the cross-over.
    The only less effort is the actual ferry crossing, but the border is just as chaotic



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    Default Day of the week ?

    Does it matter what day of the week you do the border crossing? We are planning to cross on a Saturday, will this be okay? Is there any time of day that is faster/recommended? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisT View Post
    Planning to cross from Bots into Zambia at Kazungula on 1st July (coming up from PE en route to Kafue and it seems the best crossing if aim is to avoid Zim) - a few questions:
    Is it OK to "jump the queue" ahead of all the trucks?
    What sort of wait / time delay for the crossing?
    Is it a good idea to get there early in the morning?
    Dennis - you have already received a number of replies but here is my take:

    If you are travelling from PE, I assume you will be travelling via Namibia and the Caprivi. If so, cross into Zambia at Katima. it will save you the effort and costs of an additional crossing into Botswana, unless you plan to spend a few days at the Chobe?. If not, use Katima

    Katima is also busy but more reliable than the ferries which may or may not operate.
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    Thanks for the replies everyone. We are coming up via J'burg / Elephant Sands and over-nighting in Kasane before crossing the border to Zambia. If it looks bad will go on to Kutimo.
    Heiner at KaingU reckons 10 hours to get to Livingstone and we will have to leave by 05:00 - that's no sweat - BUT can anyone confirm that diesel is available at the dam wall (Zesco).
    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisT View Post
    BUT can anyone confirm that diesel is available at the dam wall (Zesco).
    Cheers
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    Hi Dennis, nothing can be guaranteed when it comes to fuel supplies in rural Zambia, but all things being equal, there should almost certainly be diesel at Zesco. Office hours only, not available on weekends. You have to guesstimate how much you need, go to the top of the hill to the Zesco office, pay for your fuel, then go down to the pumps on the main road near the wall to get the fuel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Weaver View Post
    Hi Dennis, nothing can be guaranteed when it comes to fuel supplies in rural Zambia, but all things being equal, there should almost certainly be diesel at Zesco. Office hours only, not available on weekends. You have to guesstimate how much you need, go to the top of the hill to the Zesco office, pay for your fuel, then go down to the pumps on the main road near the wall to get the fuel.
    And they close for a long lunch (not sure of exact times)



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    Well we leave Wednesday next week for the 18 day round trip. Just to say how appreciative we are of all the advice and information gleamed from this forum - Bertie, Mike 'n all!!! This forum has made this trip possible. Grateful to you.

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    Have good time! :-)
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    Take care, enjoy and just go with the flow!

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    Can someone perhaps give me an estimate for the TIP/CIP/ Temporary vehicle import permit and what documents I need to get this. I assume we get it as part of the border crossing at Kazangula but on the Zambian side?
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    As far as I can recall from our Zambian trip in October last year there was no specific charge for the vehicle Temporary Import Permit at the Zambian border post. Documents needed are the ones you will be carrying in any case, passport and vehicle registration papers etc. I presented certified copies of the vehicle papers, but had the originals with me in case things became sticky. It all seemed pretty routine and no big deal. My memory is a little vague but I think this involves just another of the forms you have to fill in.

    I carefully noted down our border costs for entering Zambia, not sure if they have changed for this year. Knock 2 noughts off my Kwatcha price for the revalued Kwatcha, which actually makes things easier.

    COSTS:
    Motor vehicle insurance: K 304,700 (R480)
    Council levy: K 30,000 (R50)
    Carbon tax: K 200,000 (R315)
    Road tax: US$ 20.

    I still fail to understand why the road tax has to be paid in US$.

    Hope this helps, Stan.
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    Thanks Stan. Some sites say you need to fill in a form, some sites like the AA, make no mention of it, and others list a cost of USD 60

    What I understood of a TIP is a form that lists all serial numbers of important items that merely get stamped at Customs. I thought the vehicle TIP would be similar.
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    Hi Piet. Hoe lyk die tiervis daar by julle? Ons kry maar baie kleintjies hier rond.

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