Miscellaneous: Zimbabwe's currency is the US$ which makes it very easy for travellers to pay there - no difficult exchanging money, no rip-offs on the street by exchange bureaus offering you dream rates and fake money. When you withdraw money from a Zimbabwean ATM, you are very likely to get very old US$ notes, some of them hard to recognise as US$. Moreover, most of them will be in high denominations which doesn't help you a lot when buying stuff. We paid our entrance fee to the Victoria Falls with a 100US$ note which we had just withdrawn from an ATM, but which looked like having lain in the gutters for three years - yet, it was accepted without any problems. For the Victoria Falls, you can also pay with Euros or Rands, but generally these are not widely accepted.
Moisture cream and suntan lotion
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I bought moisture cream and suntan lotion in Victoria Falls Pharmacy, and both were maybe the worst brand I have tried. I didn't see imported items in the pharmacy. I strongly recommend to bring your own. Good toothpaste and soap can be bought in the Spar market.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When visiting the Falls
You will get wet.
It is important to wear clothing which does not cling too much when wet (like white T-shirts). Shoes which absorb water easily are not a good idea (rather wear open sandals).
You can rent umbrellas and raincoats at a price at the stalls before you enter the Park.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen
Hat to protect you from the African sun
Photo Equipment: Protect your camera! My travel buddy had a great idea and brought his underwater casing with. That made it possible for him to take great photos in areas of heavy spray and 'rain'. Otherwise, take a watertight plastic cover, as it gets very wet at some areas!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: a swimsuit if you are going to do the jet boat or white water rafting of course
a jacket or coat because it gets colder at night during the winter time
Photo Equipment: a waterproof camera if you are going to do the jet boat or white water rafting
Spray from the Falls
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The guidebooks tell you to wear showewrproof gear when visiting the Falls, especially from the Zambian side... Forget it! Nothing can protect you from the amount of spray that the Falls generate. It's like having buckets of warm water thrown at you and you're soaked to the skin in seconds. The bonus is that it's so hot you dry off in minutes once you're clear of the Falls.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The local authorities spray the vicinity of Victoria Falls with insecticide to reduce the risk of malaria to tourists. Having said that, as soon as you leave Vic Falls the mosquitos are waiting for you so take malaria prophylaxis.
Photo Equipment: There's so much water (you can't call it spray) near the Falls that ordinary cameras will be ruined in seconds. Keep your gear in a plastic bag and don't be tempted to take it out when you're near the water.
Miscellaneous: The sun is very intense and you're fooled by the cooling effects of the spray from the Falls. Use lots of sunscreen.
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are visiting the falls in summer you definately need something against the rain from the falls.........
I have been there in winter and it was quite wet experience.......Also bring good shoes if you want to go to Zambia as well...it´s quite a way into the neighbor country!
Photo Equipment: Bring some rolls of film, you will need a few........;)))
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