Getting Around Zambia
Information on Flights, border posts and Coach Transfers around Zambia
By Luxury Coach - the cheapest way to travel around Zambia for Tourists
Luxury Coach - highly recommended for Tourists
Intercape Mainliner and Translux offer services to and from Johannesburg or Cape Town in South Africa. Their combined timetables make possible daily departures.Luxury Coach Services available to Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe
with the main routes:
As Intercape charge per distance covered, we have met clients at Chirundu for Canoe Safaris as a stop over activity from Lusaka on there way to Johannesburg
Local Bus Services - painful
available to Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe
with the main routes:
Dar es Salaam and Mbeya in Tanzania to the border, where Zambian buses can be caught to the Copperbelt and Lusaka.
From Malawi, a private bus company runs the Lilongwe - Lusaka Route
Road border crossing Zambia
The main overland routes from the south to Zambia are; via Harare in Zimbabwe through the border at either Kariba or Chirundu; via Bulawayo and across the Victoria Falls Bridge; via Botswana across the ferry at Kazungula near Livingstone.
Zambia can be entered from Malawi at the Mchinga/Chipata border, or further north at Nyika Plateau or Chitipa
The Tanzanian entry point is through the Tunduma/Nakonde border post onto the Great North road
Access from Congo D.R. is via the Lumbumbashi - Chingola road, but there is no access from Angola as yet.
Road borders all open at 06h00 and close at 18h00 except Victoria falls which closes at 20h00.
VEHICLE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
To bring a vehicle into Zambia one must obtain a temporary import permit (TIP), at the border, or depending on the country of origin, a carnet de passage
If the driver is not the owner of the vehicle they must have a letter from the owner / leasing company authorising the use of the vehicle in Zambia
Third party insurance can be purchased at the border. Have your vehicle papers on hand at all times as road blocks are fairly frequent.
Zambian Third Party Insurance on vehicles and trailers are bought at border post - valid for 1 month
Carbon Tax in Zambia depending on the vehicle capacity is bought per vehicle
Road border crossing Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia
Kazangula Ferry crossing
Council levy a fee per vehicle and per trailer
All foreign vehicles have to pay a Cross Border Charge (CBC) permit when entering Namibia and which has to be handed in at the departing border post.
For Caprivi Region the permits are available in Katima Mulilo per vehicle and per trailer
All RSA vehicles have to display a ZA bumper sticker.
It is advised that South African registered vehicles have a recent Police Clearance Certificate
ROAD BORDER hours are from 0600-1800 (except for Victoria Falls 0600
No border crossing from Angola.
A Temporary Import Permit is needed to bring a vehicle into Zambia
Traveling by Road to South and North Luangwa is not advised rather fly in
DEPARTURE TAXES : transit passengers and children under 2 years are exempt
Zambia is one of the five countries bordering Lake Tanganyika and a ferry operates from Burundi to Tanzania to Zambia and back once a week, arriving and leaving the port of Mpulungu every Friday.
By Rail / Train
catch a train from South Africa to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, then take the ferry train across the bridge to Livingstone (twice daily) and another train to Lusaka, the Copperbelt or the Northern Province.
From Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, the Tazara line runs through to Kapiri
Mposhi, where you can catch another train to Lusaka or Kitwe on the
Passengers trains in Zambia are run by ZAMBIA RAILWAYS and TANZANIA-ZAMBIA RAILWAY.
ZAMBIA RAILWAYS run
The ”Zambezi Express” three days a week Livingstone-Lusaka three days a week a through Livingstone-Kapiri Mposhi-Ndola-Kitwe
Steam Africa Express. Runs excursion trains from Victoria Falls
to Livingstone and back again in a 1900 Safari Steam Train
The ”Mukuba Express” and ”Kilimanjaro Express” are, together with the occasional Steam Africa Express, the only international trains to/from Zambia
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