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Town Small Sesheke

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Located in Zambia :: Four Nations  :: Sesheke
Category: Places :: Town Small


Situated across the Zambezi River from Namibia’s Katima Mulilo, Sesheke is a small border town in Zambia’s Western Province. Its economy is based on the movement of goods and some tourists through the Sesheke Border Post.

It is a medium sized town, mostly owes its existence to the border post with Katima. No real services to the traveller here.

Katima Mulilo, its ‘big sister’ in Namibia, is much more modern and commercial, and is home to many cultures and languages. Both towns are situated on the transport route linking Zambia’s Copperbelt with the export/import harbour of Walvisbay, on the so-called Walvisbay Corridor.

Traveller Description

The Katima Mulilo Bridge spans the Zambezi River at this point, connecting the town of Sesheke with the town of Katima Mulilo through the Sesheke / Wenela Border Post. When the bridge was completed in 2004, it formed the last link between Zambia’s Copperbelt mines and the export harbour of Walvisbay in Namibia. This greatly improved the economy in both Sesheke and Katima Mulilo, with transport vehicles using it as a regular stopover. In Namibia, many lodges along the Zambezi River offer fishing and boat trips.

Address :  Sesheke, Zambia
Cellphone Reception :  Good

Destination Information
Police Hospital Tourist Information Office Petrol Diesel Shops Shopping Centre Bank ATM Lodging Camping Restaurant Airstrip Mechanical Repair
Petrol Type :  ULP/LRP

Other Facilities :  Sports Club. Government Services. Public Toilets.

Travelling Information
Closest Main Route :  M10

There is Yeta Hospital and Mulimambango Health Centre in the town.

NOTE: Visitors to Zambia are advised to have their own personal travel insurance. Local police, hospitals, clinics etc. cannot be relied upon.

Please note that any emergency numbers indicated on our data will be for the local police, hospital, clinic etc. and most of the times, don't work. Many tourism sites show the numbers like 999 for police, they often don’t work.

If you have a medical problem when in Zambia, Specialty Emergency Services has a Call Centre (24 hours). Phone them on 737. This company has offices in Livingstone, Lusaka and Kitwe. But they will fly anywhere to assist if visitors have the right insurance. If you want to check your insurance, contact SES on [email protected]. ( (2019).

Together with the Katima Mulilo bridge, the M10 highway between Sesheke and the Copperbelt was also upgraded, allowing for easier travel between Katima Mulilo and Livingstone for tourists, with a resultant increase in tourism activities in town and lodges along the Zambezi River. But heavy vehicle traffic has destroyed the road, leaving many large potholes; the 200 odd kilometres from Sesheke to Livingstone, can easily take more than four hours to drive.

From Sesheke, the M10 north to Mongu is a good tarred road, with bridges spanning the Zambezi River, giving easy access to Sioma Ngwezi and Ngonye Falls National Parks and onwards to Kalabo, the gateway to Liuwa Plain National Park.

In Sesheke there’s a local market and some small shops, but larger supermarkets can only be found across the border in Katima Mulilo. A bank at the Sesheke border post can provide Zambian Kwacha, and there’s a fuel stop, although supply isn’t reliable.

You can buy fresh produce at local vendors, but this is true throughout Zambia in even small villages.

You would also be able to buy a local SIM but be sure it is one that is not already registered to someones name, or else you would have to go to the nearest office to show your passport and have it activated.

 Travel Tip!

If you need to stock up on supplies, produce and fuel, Katima Mulilo is cheaper than Zambia. Note, if you’re travelling from Katima Mulilo to Botswana, you may not bring any fresh produce and/or raw meat with you; you’ll have to travel to Kasane in Botswana and do your shopping there.

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