Sesheke is a border town in the Western Province
of Zambia, and a district of the same name. It lies on the northern bank of the
which forms the border with Namibia’s
Caprivi Strip at that point.
completed in May 2004, spans the river here, connecting Sesheke with the
Namibian town of Katima Mulilo.
The paved road from Sesheke to Livingstone and the Victoria
Falls 200 km. east has been upgraded in 2004. The new bridge and
road were financed by German donor bank Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau and were
the last missing link in the so-called "Trans Caprivi Corridor". This
2500 km. long asphalt road now connects Zambia's
Copperbelt with Namibia's
sea port Walvis Bay. As a direct result, the
amount of road freight traffic has greatly increased. An investment and
construction boom is rapidly transforming both Sesheke and Katima Mulilo, as
well as surrounding areas.
Improved road access and the
construction of new lodges and other tourist facilities have also increased the
number of tourists passing through Sesheke on their way to the Victoria Falls,
to the Sioma Ngwezi National Park 50 km. west of the town, or to the upper Zambezi
and the Barotse Floodplain.
Both Sesheke District (Zambia)
and the Caprivi Region (Namibie) are at the bottom end of socio-economic
development in their respective countries i.c. it is a real rural area and it