Progress on the Kazungula Bridge
Plan of the Kazungula Bridge
25 September 2018
By this time next year, the use of the Kazungula Ferry to cross the Chobe-Zambezi River confluence at the Kazungula Border between Zambia and Botswana could be a thing of the past, as the deadline of the bridge under construction has be set to March of 2019.
"This was revealed by the Project Manager Pius Seone, last week when Permanent Secretary to the President Carter Morupisi and other senior government officials toured the project to appreciate progress. Morupisi's visit follows another in January when he was accompanied by Permanent Secretaries and Accounting Officers of independent departments.
The 923m long bridge will incorporate One-Stop-Border facilities where Zambia and Botswana Immigration and customs authorities will exercise control under one roof on both sides of the border.
According to Botswana government, the envisaged benefits of the bridge include reduced transit time for freight and passengers, reduced time-based trade and transport costs, improved border management operations arising from the new one-stop border facilities and increased traffic throughput along the North-South Corridor." - The Patriot Botswana
Construction on the bridge began in 2014, and progress has slow at the beginning - The bridge was originally meant to be completed in 2018.
The Kazungula Bridge will replace the ferry, which has, in recent years, become overwhelmed by the traffic and deteriorated. It will make it easier for those crossing from Livingstone for Chobe National Park trips or onward journeys.
We hope all goes according to plan and we look forward to smoother border crossings next year!