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Kazungula Bridge
« on: February 25, 2020, 02:02:26 pm »
I see that the Bridge at Kazangula will be completed this year and take over from the Ferry (which had a habit of sinking) for those who travel that way.  8)
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Re: Kazungula Bridge
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2020, 02:37:28 pm »
They screw everything up in. Africa, where are the days when you could travel Cape to Cairo off road? Mind you, these days you travel on what's left of the road...

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Re: Kazungula Bridge
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2020, 02:39:09 pm »
We had to cross a day after one of the ferries capsized... I sure was glad to set a crocodile an hippo-free foot in Zambia!
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Re: Kazungula Bridge
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2020, 11:25:26 am »
There, where indicated, was a half submerged ferry.
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Re: Kazungula Bridge
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2020, 11:26:40 am »
The Botswana post, many years ago.
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Re: Kazungula Bridge
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2020, 11:28:41 am »
About 30 odd years back. Coming from the Zambian side.  The road on the Botswana side was not tarred yet back then. You only got the tarred road as from Nata.

Waiting for the then ferry.

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Re: Kazungula Bridge
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2020, 11:31:59 am »
I remember in 1982, going from the Botswana side at Kazungula into Zim, the Zim side had a map of Rhodesia on the wall of Immigration, with Rhodesia crossed out and Zimbabwe written in pencil. Having just come out from the UK it was a bit of a surprise for me, it is probably still there like that.  :biggrin: 
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Re: Kazungula Bridge
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2020, 11:33:01 am »
About 30 odd years back. Coming from the Zambian side.  The road on the Botswana side was not tarred yet back then. You only got the tarred road as from Nata.

Waiting for the then ferry.

Looking back toward Zambia.

Yes, I remember them tarring the road up from Nata.  :thumleft: :sip:
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Re: Kazungula Bridge
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2020, 11:33:58 am »
I remember in 1982, going from the Botswana side at Kazungula into Zim, the Zim side had a map of Rhodesia on the wall of Immigration, with Rhodesia crossed out and Zimbabwe written in pencil. Having just come out from the UK it was a bit of a surprise for me, it is probably still there like that.  :biggrin:

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Re: Kazungula Bridge
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2020, 11:35:53 am »
This time from the Botswana side. Road tarred already.

Waiting for the new ferry.
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Re: Kazungula Bridge
« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2020, 11:37:35 am »
On board.
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Re: Kazungula Bridge
« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2020, 11:38:48 am »
Somewhere on another trip. Waiting for the ferry.

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Re: Kazungula Bridge
« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2020, 11:39:51 am »
Taking a wash while waiting for the ferry. The locals found it very amusing. White boy getting eaten by hippos.
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Re: Kazungula Bridge
« Reply #13 on: February 26, 2020, 11:44:34 am »
I would have added my own photo of this ferry crossing in 1979 except that we never did.  The ferry was out of action, supposedly because the Rhodesians had bombed it and had threatened to do it again if it was put back into service.  We ended up putting our bikes on the train in Livingstone and picked them up in Francistown 2 weeks later.
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Re: Kazungula Bridge
« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2020, 12:31:39 pm »
I would have added my own photo of this ferry crossing in 1979 except that we never did.  The ferry was out of action, supposedly because the Rhodesians had bombed it and had threatened to do it again if it was put back into service.  We ended up putting our bikes on the train in Livingstone and picked them up in Francistown 2 weeks later.

I love these old biker pictures. The clothes, the shoes, the socks, etc. So unpretentious.  :thumleft:
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Re: Kazungula Bridge
« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2020, 02:04:55 pm »
I would have added my own photo of this ferry crossing in 1979 except that we never did.  The ferry was out of action, supposedly because the Rhodesians had bombed it and had threatened to do it again if it was put back into service.  We ended up putting our bikes on the train in Livingstone and picked them up in Francistown 2 weeks later.
I may or may not remember or not remember something or nothing about that incident/non incident back in the day.
I spent many hours watching that damn ferry when one day it wasn't where it should have been anymore.

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Re: Kazungula Bridge
« Reply #16 on: February 26, 2020, 02:25:03 pm »
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Re: Kazungula Bridge
« Reply #17 on: February 26, 2020, 02:32:22 pm »
i spent 3 weeks watching that ferry in '88 .
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Re: Kazungula Bridge
« Reply #18 on: February 26, 2020, 02:49:38 pm »
Watch: a R3.9 billion bridge linking Durban to the Democratic Republic of the Congo comes to life
Jay Caboz , Business Insider SA Feb 25, 2020, 11:55 AM

•   After almost 6 years, a major bridge is nearing completion which will connect Zambia and Botswana and ultimately link the port of Durban in South Africa to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
•   The R3.9 billion Kazungula bridge which is 923 metres long is a vital part of Africa’s North-South Corridor.
•   The route is a notorious bottle neck for transport as commuters and freighters alike need to make their way across the river by ferry, the main mode of transport.
•   It can take as long as 8 days for vehicles to cross the busy river. 
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After almost 6 years, a major bridge is nearing completion which will connect Zambia and Botswana and ultimately the port of Durban in South Africa to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

By the end of 2020 the much anticipated R3.9 billion, 923 metre-long Kazungula bridge, which is a vital part of Africa’s North-South Corridor, is expected to be open to the public.

Located at the spot where the Chobe and the mighty Zambezi river meet, the bridge is a crucial logistical linkage for freight in and out of the copper belt, reported FTWonline.

The route is a notorious bottle neck for transport as commuters and freighters alike need to make their way across the river by ferry, the main mode of transport. According to African Development Bank (AfDB), which funded $51 million (R771 million) into the project, it can mean delays of up to 8 days, severely impacting on trade throughout the region. The remaining balance is shared between the Japan International Cooperation Agency (57.5%), governments (9.2%) and EU-ITF Grant (1.8%).

Kazungula bridge will include a single-line railway track, as well as a paved section for pedestrians to cross, reports The South African.
But while it has taken almost 6 years to build, the opening of the bridge is almost two years behind. The project was expected to be completed in 2018, however the project was brought to a halt when it was was alleged that Zambian government failed to meet loan repayments, reported FTWonline.
The bridge plays an important role for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to create 'One Stop Border Posts' at Kazungula; Nakonde/Tunduma which links the United Republic of Tanzania and Zambia; and the Mwami/Mchinji which links Zambia and Malawi.

They have been funnelling billions into other critical infrastructure upgrades such as the new Walvis Bay Container Terminal in Namibia, and associated Dry Ports, rehabilitation and upgrading of critical sections of the Regional Trunk Road Networks in most regional corridors.

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Re: Kazungula Bridge
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