Getting Around Zambia

Information on Flights, border posts and Coach Transfers around Zambia

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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:
  • from Cape Town via Windhoek to Livingstone
  • from Johannesburg via Bulawayo to Victoria falls
  • from Johannesburg via Harare, Chirundu to Lusaka & Malawi

  • 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

    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 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 - 2000)
    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

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    Local Bus Services

    available to Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe with the main routes:
    from Zimbabwe via Harare, Chirundu to Lusaka
    from Botswana via Kasane and Kazungula
    from Mozambique via Villa Gambito and Zumbo
    from Tanzania via Nakonde and Mbala
    from Malawi via the Mchinga/Chipata border or further north at Nyika Plateau

    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

    By River/Lake

    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 Copperbelt
    Customs and immigration are conducted on board.

    Passengers trains in Zambia are run by ZAMBIA RAILWAYS and TANZANIA-ZAMBIA RAILWAY.

    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 train can be used for single journeys. It has a lounge car, where soft drinks and champagne are served (included). The train stops on the bridge for photography. Relive the forgotten era of the Steam Train

    The ”Mukuba Express” and ”Kilimanjaro Express” are, together with the occasional Steam Africa Express, the only international trains to/from Zambia

    By Air

    Proflight Zambia will launch a new service from Lusaka to Kafue National Park, Zambia, between July 1 and October 31, 2015, during the dry season. If the route is successful, the airline will look at more frequencies and a longer season in 2016.
    Flights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays to Chunga airstrip in the park. The Lusaka-Chunga flight will leave Lusaka at 11h30, reaching Chunga at 12h45. The return flight will leave at 13h05 and arrive in Lusaka at 14h20.
    The schedule will facilitate connections to other domestic and international airline services. These include international outbound connections with Emirates and South African Airways; domestic outbound connections with Lower Zambezi and domestic inbound connections with Mfuwe and Lower Zambezi (Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays) and Livingstone on Saturdays.
    Because of the size and diversity of the area, Proflight will – on request – operate to the park’s Busanga (Plains strip) or Lufupa airstrip, as well as Chunga

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