Zambia :: Upper Zambezi
Category: Civil Infrastructure :: Border Control
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Jimber border control is between Angola and Zambia. The border is one of the remote and less used border between the two countries because of lack of infrastructures and roads. To travel the route a 4x4 vehicles is recommended. The road is best travelled in the dry season from end of May up until early November and it is advisable to travel with other vehicle in a convoy as you hardly find any vehicle along this route. Has a satellite phone as there is no cellphone coverage. Operating times are between 07h00-19h00 (GMT+1) Time Guideline.
This is a small border post in Zambia’s northwestern corner with Angola, it’s found near the point where Zambia borders the DRC. The road leading to Jimbe Bridge settlement where the border post is located, is badly potholed so travel is extremely slow. You may have to wait for the border officials to be fetched from the village. Once past the settlement there’s a dirt road
which becomes muddy when wet and is barely passable in the rain.
On the Zambian side a customs office will process all the paperwork required to get your vehicle in and out the country. Entering Angola at this point may present a problem: there are reports of South African travellers being refused entry because they had no visa; this, in spite of the visa requirements for South Africans being cancelled in 2017. In this remote corner, officials often speak very little English which further complicates the matter. From the border post onwards, you’ll be driving
badly-potholed track, your average travelling speed for the next 200 km or so will be around 20 km/h. This road may not be passable after rains.
|Address :||8m SE of Jimbe, Angola|
07:00-19:00 (GMT+1) Time Guideline.
|Closest Town :||Jimbe Bridge|
There is good cellphone coverage at the border. From there the network is bad till reaching Luau. (2008).
Reportedly border officials wanted to see the engine number of each vehicle, stamped onto the engine. A small printed plate in the engine or on the dashboard, was not acceptable, they wanted to physically see the stamp on the engine block and on the chassis. After a police clearance certificate was issued, the traveller was allowed through. (2008).
The Zambian side of the Jimbe border operates on a GMT=2 Time Guideline and operates between 06h00-18h00. (2008).
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