How to Cross from Zambia to Botswana

Are you looking to cross from Zambia to Botswana while travelling in Africa? It’s easier than you think! While a land border doesn’t exist between both Zambia and Botswana, you can still cross over by boat via the river (trucks typically cross through this river by ferry and the cue can be as long as two weeks). To do that, you must book a tour to Chobe National Park in Botswana through your hostel or hotel.


Zambia to Botswana border


Most hostels and hotels can arrange the tour bookings for you and that includes the border crossing from Zambia to Botswana. If you wish to stay in Botswana after the tour, you can certainly arrange that with your tour group. I personally paid $157 USD for an all day tour through Jollyboys Backpackers. I’m pretty sure there are other tour package options available depending on what you are looking for.

My only regret is not being able to do a tour of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Hopefully, you don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit the world famous delta located in Botswana.


Elephant Herd in Botswana’s Chobe National Park

Zambia to Botswana


When crossing the border from Zambia to Botswana, your tour guide will typically handle the Zambia customs for you. That means you don’t have to line up in the Zambia side to get an exit stamp. However, do be sure you have a multi-entry visa if you plan on returning back to Zambia. My girlfriend made the mistake of only getting a single entry visa when we entered Zambia and she had to pay $50 USD twice. She also had to spend time in the lineup in the Zambia customs when re-entering the country. The cost of the multi-entry visa is $80 USD saving you $20 and time not lining up.

That’s it! Have fun in your trip to Botswana and again, don’t miss out on visiting the Okavango Delta like I did. It looks like Zambia and Botswana are also constructing a bridge between both countries. It’s just a matter of time before a land border crossing becomes possible.

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