Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Handy Border Crossing Hints: Update on border crossing in Victoria Falls area


Thanks to New Frontiers Tours for this extremely timely and useful border crossing information for the Botswana/Zambia/Zimbabwe tri-country region near Victoria Falls!

At this time of year it's extremely hot, sunny and busy in the Falls hence the reason we thought we should share the following with you as its important your clients are aware of what to expect on arrival at Victoria Falls and Livingstone airports and when crossing borders between Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana.

Zimbabwe


Vic Falls doesn't look like this right now. . . 
Victoria Falls Airport
Flights from Johannesburg are full and they all arrive within 45 minutes of each other so delays can be expected.
Victoria Falls/Livingstone Border
There are road works currently taking place between the Zimbabwe/Zambia border posts which can, from time to time, result in traffic delays and queues at the respective border posts.
Victoria Falls/Botswana Kazungula Border 
This border post is only small and at certain times of the day delays are being experienced, especially for the Chobe Day excursion arrivals and departures.

Zambia


Livingstone Airport
All Meet and Greet facilities remain outside the Terminal building. With flights arriving within +/- 45 minutes of each other there may be congestion inside the Arrivals Hall and also at the meeting area - please ask your clients to take the time to identify their Guide, who will be carrying a board showing their name.
Livingstone/Victoria Falls Border
There are road works currently taking place between the Zambia/Zimbabwe border posts which can from, time to time, result in traffic delays and queues at the respective order posts.
Livingstone/Kazungula Ferry Border
The border post is small and can be congested and pretty chaotic!   At certain times of the day delays are experienced, especially for the Chobe Day excursion arrivals and departures.  Your clients must be aware that they are required to walk down to the small speedboat that transfers them across the Zambezi River.
For a quick and easy transfer offer your clients an air transfer between Livingstone and Kasane.   Unfortunately pilots are no longer permitted to include a right and left hand orbit over the Falls
Livingstone 
Low water season is from mid-September to end December which means there is only a trickle of water flowing over the Eastern Cataract.   It is important your clients are aware of this.   During this period it is possible to go on a walking safari to Livingstone Island.   Less adventurous clients may opt to enjoy a Livingstone Island Breezer, lunch or high tea on this historic island.

Botswana


Kazungula/Victoria Falls Border
All passports are now scanned into the Botswana Governments system which can result in delays.
Kazungula Ferry/Livingstone Border
This border post is small and at certain times of the day delays are experienced, especially for the Chobe Day Trip arrivals and departures, please note clients are required to walk down to the small speedboat that transfers them across the Zambezi river.
Clients are recommended to try complete border forms before arriving at the border(s) to try minimize delays.

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