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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.
    "If you don't care where you are, you ain't lost"

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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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    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 Brown4 View Post
    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.
    No its does not matter, as good or as bad as any other time! Just hope for at least 2 of the 3 ferries operating. Pass all the trucks and go to the front where you will be shown what and where to go.

    Leave your impatience locked in the boot, be friendly, make small talk and it will be a breeze. If you become arrogant or a smart ass then your experience is guaranteed to be painful.

    JUST GO WITH THE FLOW and enjoy the crossing....its unique!

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    Thanks all!!

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    I have just crossed Zam to Bots at 12.30 hrs on Sunday, the border posts were very quiet and from arriving at Zam gate to leaving Bots gate took 50 minutes. No other cars waiting for the ferry either way so I went straight to the front of the que and I use this crossing 2 or 3 times a year so "I am in the know" so to speak. Two ferries were working, one Zam and one Bots. The que of trucks on the Zambian side was over 3 km long!! It was past the junction and heading back along the road to Livingstone!!

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    We crossed into Zambia through Katima last year - on a Sunday it was relatively quiet (queues of trucks, but we just "jumped the queue even though we're in a truck ourselves - seems to be expected as we were waived through).
    The Namibian side was well organised, the Zam side a little less so (!).
    They were in the process of building an all new customs facilit which should have opened on 1st Jan.... if not, then it'll still be a bit ramshackle, there's guide on here somewhere as to which building/office to go to first.

    Cosy us around $200usd - but that's for a 7.5t truck.

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    We have the whole day on Wednesday 1st July to get from Kasane to Livingstone so that should be OK - but coming home we have to get to Livingstone from KaingU Safari Lodge in one day - does anyone know if this is a reasonable expectation. T4A puts it at about 500k.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisT View Post
    We have the whole day on Wednesday 1st July to get from Kasane to Livingstone so that should be OK - but coming home we have to get to Livingstone from KaingU Safari Lodge in one day - does anyone know if this is a reasonable expectation. T4A puts it at about 500k.
    No I dont think so. Thats about a 12 hour drive if not longer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisT View Post
    We have the whole day on Wednesday 1st July to get from Kasane to Livingstone so that should be OK - but coming home we have to get to Livingstone from KaingU Safari Lodge in one day - does anyone know if this is a reasonable expectation. T4A puts it at about 500k.
    10-11 hrs I would say, the road from Dumdumwedze gate to Kalomo is fairly decent gravel (watch the speed humps in the villages!) and the road between Kalomo and Livingstone very good tar.

    I did Nanzhila to Nata in one day, took 12 hrs including 1 hr at the border. Kaingu is 4 hrs from Nanzhila and Nata 5 1/2 hrs from Livingstone incl 1 hr @ border). So 10 1/2 hrs without stopping. You'd have to leave Kaingu 7am at the latest



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    The southern KNP had some heavy rainfall beginning of the season. We have had no report yet on road conditions after the rains and knowing the condition of economically vital roads else where in Zambia after the rainy season I am not convinced that you would be able to do it in 10 hours. One would expect to do it yes but rather be safe with your planning, thus break the trip at Nanzilla or leave really very early from Kaingu ie at 5:00

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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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