Travelling in the Area
Tips for travellers in the Caprivi Strip and visiting to neighbouring countries, compiled by Val Sparg.
The tarred Caprivi Highway, the B8 road across the strip, or Golden Highway as it is sometimes called,was built to replace the old corrugated dirt road, which was hardly passable during the rainy season. Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Chobe National Park in Botswana, both popular tourist destinations in the north, are now easily accessible.
The highway is destined to become an increasingly important artery for trade with Zimbabwe and Zambia, and hence a busier road. Elephants move freely between Namibia, Angola, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe in large numbers. Travellers are thus advised to keep to the speed limit as animals frequently cross the road. In the dry season they stay close to the rivers.
Chobe National Park, Livingstone & Victoria Falls are great attractions and they are only 2 and 3 hour drives from the Caprivi, The Mainliner/Intercape Luxury buses also travel to these destinations, while similar trips are offered by different establishments in the Caprivi.· Air Namibia does not fly to these destinations.
All foreign registered vehicles entering Namibia must pay Cross Border Charges, N$ 220.00 for the vehicle and N$ 160.00 for their trailer.
To enter Botswana you now have to Pay· Pula 50, one way or Pula 90 return, and Pula 20 for insurance which is valid for a year.
To enter Zimbabwe R140.00 carbon Tax, insurance approx R250.00.00 both are valid for one month. and toll fee R60.00 once off.
To enter Zambia R350.00.00. carbon tax aand for insurance R250.0000· and local for road tax R100.00.· The above prices could change at any Time.
Border Post hours of operation:
Wenela (Namibia/Zambia) – To Livingstone
Kazangula (Botswana/Zimbabwe) – To Victoria Falls
Groblersbrug/Martinsdrift (South Africa/Botswana)
When entering Zambia make sure that you have RED TRIANGLES, otherwise they fine you on the spot. Make sure that you have all your Vehicle Papers and for Namibia registered vehicles you must have a police clearance certificate to leave Namibia.
All persons travelling not only to Namibia but Africa MUST have· at· least Three EMPTY PAGES IN THE BACK OF THEIR PASSPORTS, otherwise they could be sent back home, and your PASSPORT should be valid for at least 6 months on entering these countries.
Movement of animals/products and infectious things through road blocks in the Caprivi are changing daily, please check before you depart.
The road from Rundu to Ngoma Bridge passing Divudu, Kongola and Katima Mulilo is now fully tarred, while the new bridge over the Zambezi at Katima Mulilo has been open for a year now and is approximately two hours drive to Livingstone in Zambia.
The road to Lusaka and Kariba Dam is also in good condition, and most of the roads in Zimbabwe and Botswana are in· good condition.Nowadays there is a border post to Zambia in Katima , which over the last few years, has become more and more attractive for tourists. If you are heading for Botswana or Zimbabwe, follow the B8 to the Ngoma Bridge.
The new Bridge across the Zambezi River to Sesheke in Zambia was built on the Katima Mulilo Rapids. The Bridge is in fact situated in Zambia and not Namibia. This bridge also has a history, and is a one of the most remarkable engineering structures in the entire Southern Africa. This bridge is 900 metres long and should you like to read just how this unique bridge was built, and see some amazing pictures, click here .
If anybody would like more uptodate· information or would like to visit our unique Region the Caprivi they can call us at
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Information is compiled by· Val Sparg