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 Rundu-879km- Tarred road-
2-Rundu to Katima Mulilo-525km Tarred Road
3- Katima Mulilo to Wenela - 5km Border Post- Tarred Road-
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.
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.