Crossing the Zimbabwe-Zambia border

Written by Donovan October 19, 2017 Category: Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe Tags: , , , , Comments

Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most amazing sights in the world. Twice as tall as Niagara Falls, and several times longer, Victoria Falls affords visitors a once-in-a-lifetime sightseeing experience. It might not be the very biggest, but few will debate that it’s the most spectacular. If it is the official records you are after, the Victoria Falls is the largest curtain of falling water in the world. It is best to experience Victoria Falls from both sides – Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Border control point between Zimbabwe and Zambia.

The border post is now a one stop border post for Zimbabwe and Zambia Since August 2013, the move to improve the movement of goods and people between the two countries. The hours of operation are often extended to be 24 hours during busy public holidays and school holidays but the normal border operating times are between 06h00-22h00. If travelling with a private vehicle and commercial vehicle, the border is open between 08h00-17h00.

It was easy crossing the Victoria falls border, without much traffic, unlike the seven hours that I spent crossing the South Africa-Zimbabwe border.  For Singapore passport holders, it was visa free access to both Zimbabwe and Zambia. Other than the Zambian immigration official asking me how long would I be staying in Zambia, it was a relatively easy process.

To get to the Zimbabwe border, there were taxis offering the short 10 minute ride from town at US$5. We decided to walk to the border post with our backpacks because it was not that far. After walking across the Victoria Falls bridge which offered a slew of adventure activities, we reached the Zambian customs. As my friend was carrying a plastic bag of food, suddenly one huge baboon came up and snatched the plastic bag away, before escaping to the rooftop at lightning speed. We were caught by surprise and luckily no one was injured.

On the other hand, from the Zambian side to the nearest town of Livingstone, it was 15km, so it was better to take a taxi to town. There are several taxis waiting just the border post. The taxi ride cost US$10 and brought us straight to our hostel – Livingstone backpackers.

Contact me if you require further information about crossing between Zambia and Zimbabwe!

Visa requirements for Singapore passport holders

Zambia: Visa not required, can stay up to 3 months

Zimbabwe: Visa not required, can stay up to 3 months

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