Bring American Dollars, bring singles and small denomations, they will take South African Rand but they will charge you more if you pay in Rand. Keep in mind that Victorica Falls is a town that trys to take all the bills from your pocket. It is a beautiful country and when you go to Victoria Falls be prepared for the aggressive vendors who will come closer to you than you want. Bring your own poncho and put it under the one that you will get at the falls. Spray yourself down with deet and yes put on some sunscreen that sun will bake you.
Fondest memory: Best things in Victoria Falls:
Visiting the Falls (Bring a waterproof camera) you will get wet
Wild Horizon for riding elephants
Watching the animals roam throughtout the countryside and roads
Let's have a look at the three most famous world waterfalls.
Niagara 51 m (167 feet)
Iguazu 82 m (269 feet)
Victoria 107 m (351 feet)
Niagara 1203 m (3946 feet)
Iguazu 2700m (8858 feet)
Victoria 1737m (5698 feet)
Niagara 2407 m3/s (85 002 feet3/s)
Iguazu 1746 m3/s (61 659 feet3/s)
Victoria 1100 m3/s (38 846 feet3/s)
Although Iguazu is seemingly wider than Victoria, we must remember that it's a multi-tiered waterfall which is broken into as many as 270 separate falls. So if we look at the highest and widest sheet of continually falling water, the Victoria Falls seems to be the winner.
Spectacular, magical, awesome, phenomenal - they are just a few words that can be used in attempt to describe the Victoria Falls, but the truth is that the place defies all description and no matter how hard one tries, it will end in failure. So it's better to restrict to some factual information.
When we compare waterfalls, three factors are taken into account: the height, width and volume.With its 107 metres of height, Victoria Falls is far behind other world famous falls, placing itself in the 8th hundred. By width it's the tenth largest and by the volume the 13th largest waterfall in the world. If we combine all these three factors together, there are three greatest waterfalls in th world: Niagara, Iguazu and Victoria.
You need to write a visa application and arrival card. A visa label for 30 days stay is pasted in the passport for 30 USD. Free entry for people under 18 years in companion with adults. Be aware that the price for visa and the length of stay is different from country to country. For example a guy from Mexico had to pay 100 USD for only 3 days stay.
Helpsome and co-operative immigration officer at Kazungula road border.
David Livingstone , escocés , probablemente el misionero y explorador más famoso de Africa , descubrió en uno de sus viajes en 1850 las cataratas Mosi-oa-Tunya ( Humo que truena ) y les puso el nombre de Victoria Falls en honor de la Reina Victoria de Inglaterra
Lo descubrió cuando viajaba por el río Zambeze por la parte de Zambia y vió desde lejos la nube de vapor que levanta la catarata
Le han erigido una estatua al lado de las cataratas desde donde se puede ver el río Zambeze
David Livingstone , Scottish , probably the most famous missionary and explorer of Africa, discovered in his travels in 1850 the falls Mosi-oa-Tunya (Smoke that Thunders) and named them Victoria Falls in honor of Queen Victoria of England
He discovered while traveling in the Zambezi River from Zambian side when he saw from far away the cloud of steam that surge from the cataract
They have erected a statue next to the falls where you can see the Zambezi River
Llegamos a Zimbabwe procedentes de Botswana y pasamos la frontera sin ningún problema , rellenamos los impresos y pagamos 35 USD por una visa de una sola entrada
La frontera de Zambia está muy cerca del centro de Victoria Falls y allí tampoco tuvimos ningún trámite complicado pues pasamos en muy poco tiempo . El importe de la visa son 50 USD . ( Habíamos leido que esta frontera era muy lenta )
Ambos pagos hay que hacerlos en USD
We arrived to Zimbabwe from Botswana and we passed the border without any problem, filled the forms and we payed 35 USD for a single-entry visa
The border of Zambia is very near the center of Victoria Falls and there we had not spent a long time , as the burocracy was not very complicated .
The amount of the visa is 50 USD one entry . (We had read that this border was very slow)
Both payments must be done in USD
Favorite thing: If you are wondering in what direction the Zambezi river runs...? It runs from WEST to EAST, splitting the southern African continent like the letter "S". It's the fourth longest river in Africa with 3,540 km. The river has its source in the border between Zamibia, Congo and Angola. Then it runs south through the eastern part of Angola before it cross the western parts of Zambia. Then it runs along the borders of Zambia, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. After Victoria Falls it runs along the two borders to Lake Kariba, the largest man-made lake in the world. Then along the two borders before it runs through Mozambique and into the Indian Ocean. In other words, Zimbabwe and Zambia is divided by the Zambezi river.
Fondest memory: Victoria Falls town is a town in the province of Matabeleland North in Zimbabwe. The population is 20,000 people. The town lies less than 2 km south of the Zambezi river, and it takes 15 minutes to walk from the falls. Victoria Falls was a vibrant town before the political crises in 2001. The situation has become better since 2008, and some more tourists find their way to the town. (Read the nightlife tips...)
Fondest memory: It costs 20 USD per person to enter the falls from the Zimbabwe side (no children discount). (The entrance on the picture. A high fence around the falls makes it hard to sneak inside. You will find out that the nice infrastructure with footpaths and viewpoint makes it worth the money.
Favorite thing: Victoria Falls delivers more than 540 million cubic meters of water per minute in the peak flood season from March to April. It was less water when I was there in the beginning of August. The advantage with less water is less mist. You will only be wet if the wind blows in your direction. You don't need to have a rain jacket, and you don't need to cover your camera all the time.
For those who are leaving Zimbabwe:
The Zimbabwe border is 400 meters before the bridge. Stamp your passport with a exit stamp, and walk across the bridge to Zambia. The bridge is a no-mans-land, and Zambia border is 400 meters walk after the bridge.
For those who are entering Zimbabwe:
You need to write a visa application and arrival card. A visa label for 30 days stay is pasted in the passport for 30 USD. Children are free. Be aware that the price for visa and the length of stay is different from country to country. For example a guy from Mexico had to pay 100 USD for only 3 days stay.
Nothing costs less than a dollar (US). To get change is a major problem. South African Rands, USD, British Pounds and Euros are accepted. Try to have small denominations, it will save you a lot of problems.
No transactions are done with Zimbabwe Dollars.
Favorite thing: Rent a raincoat? That’s what I said. I started by seeing the Falls from the Zambia side during the dry season. I walked with 2 Zambian guys halfway across the Falls – no problem. The next day I was about to enter the Zimbabwe side when I saw signs for ‘RAINCOAT RENTALS’. What!? I FOUND OUT THE HARD WAY. Even during the dry season, the Zimbabwe side lives up to the name “Smoke that thunders”. The smoke is actually the spray generated by the falls year round on this side. Millions of litres of water a SECOND go over the edge. A lot of the water atomises before it reaches the bottom and floats away. Several of the lower vantage points are mini tropical rainforests compete with animals. You are going to get wet! So for $1-2 (no more) you can be slightly dryer. Enjoy!
Favorite thing: Be sure to take a plastic bag to protect your camera when going to see the waterfall. The spray generated from this huge amount of water going over the side can be as bad as a torrential downpour and catches you by surprise at times. Keep your camera safe and dry in the bag and onlt take it out when you find a dry spot from which to take photos.
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