Tunduma border crossing - Zambia to Tanzania





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    I am undertaking a trip to Tanzania in a month's time and have come across some worrying stories regarding the border crossing from Zambia into Tanzania at Tunduma and visa versa. Would appreciate any tips or helpful suggestions as to what is required at this border post and how to get through the easiest and quickest way. We will have a carnet for the vehicle. For instance should I engage a "helper" one often finds at borders? Thanks
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    Tunduma is probably the most chaotic border I have ever encountered.
    My wife and I crossed there about this time a year ago - about 2 hours in total.
    Without the 'helper' it would have taken us a day - simply to find where to go and getting through all the traffic.
    I cannot recall what we paid, but negotiate the fee up front and be clear about what will be done.
    Clearing out of Zambia was relatively simple - once we'd found the Immigration and Customs offices.
    On the Tanzanian side it is a lottery once you've cleared Immgration finding Customs, paying Road Taxes and getting Insurance (if you've not prepurchased recommend you get a clear understanding of what this costs. I paid considerably less when re-entering Tanzania from Kenya at Tanga about a month and a half later.
    Also having a carnet makes the process a lot quicker. It costs a few bucks, but worth it.
    Also, nearest reasonable accommodation is at Mbeya and it is slow going getting to Mbeya from Tunduma. I'd recommend Utengele Lodge just west of Mbeya - turnoff Tunduma-Mbeya road. They also offer camping www.riftvalley-zanziabar.com

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    Thanks for the input Peter - so its still the same as it was ten years ago!
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