Zimbabwe Tourist Traps

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Zimbabwe Tourist Traps

  • Victoria Falls Tours

    A normal paid tour of Victoria Falls by the tour companies that go there is an extra $80USD when you can take a walk through the Victoria Falls Hotel property directly in back of the train station, and enter for $15USD which is the cost for the visa and entry. If you are living in Victoria Falls proper, and not at a distant located hotel (in such...

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  • MY GRANDFATHER’S BRACELET – VIC FALLS

    You are looking at pictures of an idiot. This guy hangs around the Bungee Jumping station on the bridge between the borders of Zimbabwe and Zambia. He will show you a small cloth with a few copper coloured bracelets inside. He will go on to explain that he has hand-made them as his dearly departed Grandfather taught him as a child. He may even...

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  • THE SOUVENIR STALLS AT VICTORIA FALLS

    Just across the road from the entrance to Victoria Falls is a free car parking area and a row of stalls all selling the same things. Mostly postcards and soft drinks from Zambia. They are all uniformly aggressive, high priced and unhelpful. They will happily overcharge you for everything and not negotiate. Buy only what you need and at least be...

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  • Exploiting the driving tourist w/fuel...

    Zimbabwe has placed a tax on all tourists entering the country. Nothing so bad about that. They also tax the vehicle you arrive in. Okay. They also tax you Z1000 for each liter of fuel you have, a tax (carbon) for the size of the motor, a bridge tax, a road tax and a toll tax. You also must pay a sticker tax. You buy the sticker. It doesn't do any...

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  • A sparse museum!

    The Mutare Museum in Mutare (not so suprisingly!) Has a US$ 2 entrance fee and it simply isn't worth it, the museum was half empty when I was there but maybe it has improved. Look at everything there - it won't take you long. Have a walk around the town instead.

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  • My Personal Thoughts:

    now this is a very personal thing and not really a trap:we went to the Elephant Hills Hotel to change money, enjoy the resort and have dinner there. And I just didn't like it, because this resort was so high class and all the rich white people were relaxing there and it popped to my mind: just like in colonial times!!! That was just not my style!

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  • Don't exchange money on the street

    These men and boys approach from all directions, they are very persistant and annoying. Granted, they are just trying to get by, like everyone. You can be arrested if you are caught exchanging money with them, not to mention anything else that could happen. The boys on the street selling carvings are willing to negotiate and have very nice items,...

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  • I think that the guy at the...

    I think that the guy at the Zambian border (in Vic Falls) took to many dollars to let me in....I'm not quite sure about that....It took a while to get into Zambia, cause the guys loved to be important and they also loved to stamp your passport!!!

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  • Elicopter

    Our elicopter stay too much height for a better view on the falls. With 20 US$ you can see the Victoria falls from the ground or doing rafting you can see from bottom the last part of the falls.

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  • "TRAPS? NOT TO WORRY!"

    Just go and get into the safari!! I didn't have any trouble with any tourist TRAP! If you feel unsafe or unsure, have your guide or befriendsomeone that lives there. Thats what I did."NO PROBLEM" Just go enjoy the SUN-SETS.Have fun floating past some CROCS and HIPPOS!!

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  • Although Victoria Falls was...

    Although Victoria Falls was beautiful, there are a lot of people trying to sell you things on the streets.. We didn't mind it because most of the things were things we would have wanted anyways, and for really good prices, but they can get a little annoying as they are very determined to sell you their products..

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  • Victoria Falls - well, you...

    Victoria Falls - well, you must see it. But dont plan to stay more than two days. Its crowded with tourists. Although very interesting little town - with monkeys, warthogs etc. You can also find cheap accomodation there. We did rafting and recommend it. As Slovenian girls it was somehow logical we didnt fall into Zambezi and go over the rapids so...

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  • Flying into Big falls airport...

    Flying into Big falls airport you'll soon notice how very strapt for foreign cash is. Your expected to pay both an entry fee and an exit fee of both 30 USD.If you're going to big falls pay in zim dollars, not in US, it will make a difference of about 90%.

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  • THIS BALLOON LOOKED INVITING...

    THIS BALLOON LOOKED INVITING AT FIRST. BUT IT DOESN'T GO ANYWHERE EXCEPT STRAIGHT UP FOR A COUPLE HUNDRED FEET OR SO...FOR A FEW MINUTES...FOR ABOUT $25.00. A BIT OF A RIP.

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  • The Vic Falls curio market is...

    The Vic Falls curio market is amazing. Be prepared to barter and look around before buying. But watch your valuables. Lots of thieves and pickpockets. A girl we were with had her money and travellers cheques stolen from her backpack. Despite what the Amex ads might say, it is not quick or easy to get new cheques in Vic Falls.

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  • Do not change your money at...

    Do not change your money at the hotel, at the bank or with anybody in the street. Ask the person that takes you to your hotel (or where you stay) where the best place is to exchange your money. We changed our money at the exchange shop closest to the craft market - the last building on the right, painted in white with black stripes. We got 22 Zim...

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  • Be careful when making advance...

    Be careful when making advance bookings for anything at the Falls. We wanted to take the helicopter ride across the Falls and the travel brochure quoted it at R536,00 (South African Rand) (about USD67) per person for a 12 minute flight. The tourism office at the hotel quoted R1150,00 (USD143) per person for the same flight. We found the offices of...

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  • There are a lot of people in...

    There are a lot of people in Harare who come up to you and tell you a crazy story and it usually ends with a request for money. Be careful what you say or do and never show them any more than you like to give. At the side of roads in remote places it is wise to act sure and get away. Bands of those thugs operate in-groups and people have been known...

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  • The craft market!!!!

    The craft market!!!! It is soooo for the tourists, but it doesn't even matter!! I absolutely loved it, I love shopping, and bargaining, although it never really matters what you pay, since you are always getting a GREAT deal. The trick is to deal in Zim dollars, rather than US or South African Rand. It works out to be a better deal. We bought a...

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  •         I had traveled to...

            I had traveled to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe three or four times, and so I was exceptionally wary, but I could see how an unwary person may have fallen for this one:        Victoria Falls is a very small, sleepy town that is overburdened with T-shirt shops and adventure travel outlets at its center while still having...

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  • Victoria Falls. The real falls...

    Victoria Falls. The real falls as discovered lie on the ZAMBIA side of the border. 1/4 of the falls are on the Zimbabwe side, the rest are in Zambia. Victoria Falls is an artificial town built just for tourism, whereas Livingston on the Zambian side is actually a real place.

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  • By 'tourist trap' if you mean...

    By 'tourist trap' if you mean 'overpriced' I would have to say Victoria Falls. If I recall, it was at least $100 US to go rafting (bungie jumping was priced in a similar fashion.) and since I was paid every month in the native currency of Lesotho, which was the Maloti, it made Victoria Falls not only expensive, but prohibitively so.But if you are...

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  • I think the biggest tourist...

    I think the biggest tourist traps are the art shops located in downtown areas, especially the ones in hotel lobbies. It’s better to stick to the ones along roadsides or weekend market stands where you can bargain and trade. This photo is of Damson, a young artist we found in a small village outside of Harare. He could draw the Walt Disney...

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