Driving your car from Walvis Bay (Namibia) to Zimbabwe via Zambia
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Driving your car from Walvis Bay (Namibia) to Zimbabwe via Zambia

In December 2013; the I wrote an article updating all our valued customers about the changes that were effected by Botswana government. The article was entitled: IMMEDIATE BAN ON UNREGISTERED VEHICLES PLYING BOTSWANA ROADS .

Since then; we have been contacted by numerous customers wishing to know if there is an alternative to going from Namibia to Zimbabwe without going through Botswana?
Yes; there is a alternative route.  The traditional route of driving cars  from Namibia to Zimbabwe through Plumtree is no more.
People can now drive from Namibia - Walvis Bay to Zimbabwe; via Zambia. The route is as  follows:
Walvis Bay to Zambia by Road; Namibia to Zimbabwe via Zambia; Road between Walvis Bay and Zambia; Kazungula Border post; Zimbabwe

Walvis Bay to Rundu-879km- Tarred road- 
2-Rundu to Katima Mulilo-525km Tarred Road
3- Katima Mulilo to Wenela - 5km Border Post- Tarred Road- 
Wenela Border post; Katima Mulilo; Clearing cars in Zambia

Wenela is the Zambian Border post. This is a very small border post which has suddenly been flooded by cars. From our own experience; the last time I was there; I spent 8 hours at the border post waiting to be cleared. There were only a few working computers on the Zambian side. You are therefore advised to make sure you accommodate these delays in your travel time.
4- Wenela Border Post to Victoria Falls  Via Livingstone- 208km Tarred Road but at the moment the road is not very good. There are some potholes which will obviously cause delays. It took us 5 hours to drive the 208km from Wenela to Victoria falls due to the bad state of the road on 16th January; 2014. This was coupled by a lot of rain.                                 
Wenela to Livingstone by rpadZambian Roads

At the time of writing this article; the roads were still in a state as shown above.

Customs charges and Road Permit fees at Wenela Border Post

--Light / Passenger vehicles: US$40-00
• Commercial / Heavy vehicles: US$60-00
(The charges vary according to the WEIGHT  of the vehicle, these are just minimum charges).

Clearing Agent at Kazungula Border post- Zimbabwe.
Savannah Freight Services can support you to clear your car at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Kazungula Border post.
Please feel free to contact us for any further information.

If you would like to share your experiences ; please do contact us.

13 Comments to Driving your car from Walvis Bay (Namibia) to Zimbabwe via Zambia :

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Philly Pedicab on 08 May 2014 09:16
Thanks for the information like Driving your car from Walvis Bay (Namibia) to Zimbabwe via Zambia . You provided food for thought. Thanks for sharing the information. All the best to you.
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west coast motor sport on 16 May 2014 08:03
Wonderful sharing
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Nairobi Car Rental on 22 May 2014 04:37
Your article provides me very useful information about car detailed that is really important for every person.I am glad that you simply shared this helpful information with us.
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john on 07 October 2014 23:07
Its drivable but its a long way.left walvis bay at 2100 and was in katima mulilo around 3pm the following day . watch for wild animals between usakos and omaruru if driving at night.there is loads. There road is perfect up to katimamulilo. Clearance at katimamulilo is 150 namibia dollars, zambia side is a ridiculous 250 Us per vehicle and they r very slow unless u bribe them . Further 20 us at kazungula.The road from katimamulilo to vic falls is very bad the first 70km.its very bad.makomba in the middle of the road not potholes.gear number 3 for those 70km
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ray on 09 November 2014 08:57
hi thank very much for being so informative ,may god bless all your ideal plans and help u freely handing out. second please we should allow bullies like Botswana government declaring evil treatment neighbours ,I feel we should organise ourselves and to step up a demonstration and their London embassy. lets set mobilising net work and recruit all Zimbabwean exporters to join up on this demonstration , please let me know what u think abt this idea
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Sithole on 20 November 2014 10:15
Is it not possibly to go through Lusaka and then Chirundu boarder post than going through Vic Falls.
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temba on 11 February 2015 22:38
Its tiresome but can be done I left Walvis Bay at 21:00hrs got to Katima Mulilo at 14:00hrs the following day.Got delayed until 10:00hrs the following day.Road to Victoria Falls is atrociuos but was getting mended. 70km of the road on the Zambian side is very bad.
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devoted zendah on 22 June 2015 23:54
Thank you for sharing it provides light to some of us who are planning on also driving that route😊
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prachi39 on 12 August 2015 04:49
The necessary thing for car shipping business is that you should know about perfect route from where you can easily ship the vehicles. If you don't know about perfect route it is a big cause of failure your business.
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pachedu on 18 August 2015 05:11
Has the state of the road improved on the zambian side.Can someone give me an update?
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prachi on 27 August 2015 08:48
It is really very amazing blog. Thanks for sharing about car shipping knowledge and its training that you show throw this blog. Thanks for sharing.
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Orange White on 15 September 2015 06:44
Thank you for the information. I recently passed there from Wenela to Livingstone the road is ok not as it was sometimes back.
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Lloyd Makanidzana on 19 November 2015 01:44
Please read this useful information
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