Victoria Falls Transportation

  • Border signs on the bridge: Zimbabwe
    Border signs on the bridge: Zimbabwe
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  • Border signs on the bridge: Zambia
    Border signs on the bridge: Zambia
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  • First view of the Falls
    First view of the Falls
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    Flight of the angels

    by sachara Updated Oct 2, 2015

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    To get a good view of the Victoria Falls, the best thing you can do is to make a flight by Cessna or helicopter. We choose for the helicopter.

    In 1994 the costs were 50$ per person. A lot of money in those days. But you got back a real life time experience in return. Twenty years later the price is triple. You can book the flight in town.

    The heli-port is a bit upstream. We went there in a tuktuk.

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    Crossing the border from Zambia to Zimbabwe

    by King_Golo Written Sep 2, 2015

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    In order to see both sides of the Victoria Falls, you'll need to cross the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The easiest way to do that is to obtain a double visa for both countries on arrival in Livingstone or Victoria Falls airport. It costs US $ 50 and is valid for 30 days. It allows multiple entries into both countries as long as you don't leave any of them.

    Crossing the border from Zambia to Zimbabwe is easily done. Go to the bridge between the two countries, have your passport stamped upon leaving Zambia, cross the bridge and have your passport stamped upon entering Zimbabwe. Visit Zimbabwe, go back to the border. Have your passport stamped upon leaving Zimbabwe, cross the bridge and have your passport stamped again in Zambia. That's it.

    The bridge can be visited from the Zambian side without a visa. It's well worth it, as it allows you some great views on the so-called Boiling Pot in the canyon through which the Zambezi leaves the Victoria Falls. For the foolhardy among you: bungee-jumping and a kind of zip line as well as abseiling possibilities can be found at or near the bridge as well.

    Border signs on the bridge: Zimbabwe Border signs on the bridge: Zambia

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    Make sure that you know whether you need a visa

    by CatherineReichardt Updated May 30, 2013

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    Zimbabwe still has visa requirements in place for many nationalities - Brits and South Africans are notable exceptions.

    Immigration at Vic Falls airport is rather haphazardly organised, and it is easy for people requiring a visa to join the wrong queue, which is frustrating for all concerned.

    The cost of a visa appears to be somewhat 'flexible' (read that as a euphemism) - for example, a group of Korean tourists paid US$70 a head, whereas the person I was travelling with - who goes to Zim quite regularly - only paid US$30. Don't be naive enough to assume that any receipt will be issued whatever fee you pay (which could be a problem for business travellers claiming back legitimate expenses) and make sure that you carry small notes, as another favourite scam is for the immigration official to claim that they have no change (in the hopeful expectation that you'll eventually lose patience and tell them to keep the change).

    You also have to fill in an immigration form to enter Zim, which asks for all the usual personal info and details of where you are staying. Why these cannot be distributed on the inbound flight so that people can complete them at their leisure (and non English speakers can seek timely assistance) is a complete mystery to me, but this simply doesn't seem to happen. As a result, there is a scramble for forms and pens and people jostle for space at the limited desks provided. You can save yourself a lot of grief by making sure that you have a pen and the relevant information to hand, and completing the form whilst you stand in the (correct) immigration queue.

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    The Blue Train

    by Rusket Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Next time I go to Victoria Falls, it will be on the Blue Train. I just have to save up some (a lot of) money first.

    The train on the picture is not it, even though the locomotive IS blue. But we did see it in Victoria Falls and it was the only train we saw in Africa, and thus deserves a place on my pages ;-)

    Another blue train
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    Taxi to Victoria Falls

    by georeiser Updated Dec 4, 2010

    The 70 km road from Botswana to Victoria Falls takes about 45 minutes. The taxi drivers are waiting outside the immigration office, and will approach you when you get out of the immigration office. They will ask for 30-40 USD to Victoria Falls. The normal price is 30 USD, but you can bargain the price even more. I recommend to pay the price and have a happy driver who can be co-operative. There are a lot of wild animals on this trip. Ask if he can stop when you see the animals. Also ask if he can assist you to find some guesthouses in Vic Falls.

    The taxi driver in Zimbabwe
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    Victoria Falls Airport (VFA)

    by georeiser Updated Oct 27, 2009

    Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) is 18 km south of the town (25 minutes drive). South African Airways and Air Namibia is the only airlines with regular service to the airport.

    18° 5' 45" South, 25° 50' 20" East

    Victoria Falls Airport (VFA)
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    Air Zimbabwe

    by georeiser Written Oct 27, 2009

    Air Zimbabwe is the national airline of Zimbabwe. The airline was established on 1967, and is still in business. It has domestic routes and routes to Nairobi, Dar-es-Salaam, Lusaka, Johannesburg and Singapore/Beijing. The fleet consists of Boeing 737 and 767.

    Victoria Falls Town Office
    Livingstone Way
    P.O. Box 60
    Victoria Falls, Zimbawe
    Fax: (263-013) 4318

    Phone: + 263 013 4316

    Website: http://www.airzimbabwe.aero

    Air Zimbabwe office in Vic Falls
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    Train in the southern Africa

    by georeiser Written Oct 26, 2009

    It's possible to travel by train from Gaborone in Botswana through Zimbabwe and Zambia to Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania. The main train stations on the line are Gaborone, Francistown, Bulawayo, Hwange, Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Lusaka, Kapiri Mposhi, Nakonde, Mbeya, Dar-es-Salaam.

    The fares are cheap. F.ex the 11 hours trip on a 1st class sleeper from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls cost about USD 8. 2nd cost about USD 5.

    Travel by train, Victoria Falls Travel by train, Victoria Falls Travel by train, Victoria Falls
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    Overland trucks

    by georeiser Written Oct 25, 2009

    Traveling with overland trucks across the African continent is a great way to explore Africa. Many overland trucks pass through Victoria falls on their way. A usual route for overland tourists is South Africa-Botswana-Zimbabwe-Zambia-Tanzania-Kenya.

    www.overlandtravel.com
    www.africantrails.co.uk

    Website: http://www.africantrails.co.uk

    Overland trucks in Victoria Falls
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    SHONGOLOLO !

    by DAO Updated Jul 9, 2009

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    Want to see Victoria Falls and Zimbabwe without having to worry about your car or bus running out of fuel? Ride the Shongololo! So what does the word Shongololo mean? It a giant African Millipede the length of a man’s boot. Shongololo Express trains are like long Cruise Ships on land. They offer luxury travel that can take all the hassle out of some places in Southern Africa that you really want to visit. They offer luxury cabins, excellent chefs preparing authentic African dishes, local wines and professional staff. Packages range form weekends to 16-day treks. Each train has air-conditioned Mercedes Benz touring vehicles for days out with guides who speak English, German, Dutch and French. Adventures even include scuba diving, hot air ballooning and elephant rides.

    The Shongololo travels to nine countries across southern Africa: Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Tanzania.

    Phone: +27 11 483 0657 / 58 / 59

    Website: http://www.shongololo.com/

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    Walking Around

    by PierreZA Written Apr 15, 2009

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    Victoria Falls is a small town and it is easy to negotiate by foot. The hotel we stayed at (The Kingdom) was about 10 minutes walk from The Falls.
    It was never necessary to make use of taxis in the town.
    One problem with walking is the constant harassment of craft sellers.

    The Kingdom Hotel is located next to The Victoria Falls Hotel, which another good option if you want to be close to the Falls and the town.

    Rainbow - Falls
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    Arrival and Departure

    by PierreZA Written Apr 15, 2009

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    South African Passport Holders get a stamp in the passport and do not need visas before entry. You have to complete an arrival form at the airport before going through passport control. It took us about 10 minutes to get through passport control.
    There are no departure taxes to be paid when leaving Zimbabwe.

    First view of the Falls

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    Flying to Victoria Falls

    by PierreZA Updated Apr 15, 2009

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    There are direct flights with South African Airways from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). The flight from Johannesburg takes only 1 h and 40 minutes. You can book online on www.flysaa.com.
    British Airways also have daily flights between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls

    Website: http://www.flysaa.com

    SAA

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    Travel between Vic Falls & JHB

    by carteki Written Mar 25, 2008

    You best is flying. Your least expensive is by bus and train. There are various options:
    Bus: www.greyhound.co.za; www.translux.co.za
    You can take the train from Vic falls to Buluwayo and then catch the bus to JHB. Better to travel 1st class as it is one of the old colonial trains (the waiters even serve food with white gloves when I did the trip!)
    Flying - you can fly to Vic falls, or Livingstone which is on the Zamiban side of the border. Check out www.flysaa.com; www.nationwide.co.za; www.britishairways.com

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  • Car Rental vs TAXI vs Shuttle

    by Chiefcounsel Written Feb 25, 2007

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    Zimbabwe seems to have shortages of everything, so when you plan your trip decide if you want to rent a car or pay for transfers via taxi. Taxis and transfers can be very expensive. We got a package deal that included transfers and the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge where we stayed had a free shuttle.

    For example, many people eat at the BOMA restaurant for dinner to experience Zimbabwean culture and some of the meats unavailable elsewhere--like Kudu, Ostrich, Crocodile, Warthog. Transfers to and from the dinner would have been US $16 each if we had not been staying at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge that has the BOMA restaurant on property.

    Similarly, we paid for the guided tour of the falls US $25 each that included transportation, but our lodge had a free shuttle that would have taken us to the Falls and back that runs on an hourly basis.

    If we did it without a package that included free transfers, we would rent a car and drive everywhere ourselves for the freedom that would provide.

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