What to pack for a holiday to Victoria Falls
Wondering what to pack for a Vic Falls holiday? Here's our suggested list.
- A passport which is valid for 6 months and which has at least two empty pages
- USD cash if you need to buy a visa on arrival. No credit cards are accepted for this. If you dont want to queue for a visa on arrival then get your visa before you arrive. This is a good idea if you plan to go cross over to the other side of the Falls or go to Botswana as you can only currently get a multiple visa before your arrival. Only single entry and double entry visas are available on arrival at present.
- Good quality sunglasses
- Sun hat - essential
- High factor suntan lotion. (Water resistant is best if you are planning to go rafting or visiting the Falls rainforest)
- Casual day clothes such as T-shirts & shorts. Vic Falls and Livingstone are casual places and mostly shorts and T's are the rule. Some lodges/hotels (such as the Livingstone Room at the Victoria Falls Hotel) have a smart-casual dress code for evening
- Warm clothes for the winter months (May to August) such as a beanie, scarf, warm jacket and gloves. The days are warm but nights can be be very cool
- Comfortable walking shoes (running/tennis shoes are fine)
- Thongs/flip flops. Plastic or rubber shoes such as Hi-Tecs or are very useful when rafting and for visiting the rainforest as in high water months your shoes (and your clothes) will get wet!
- A couple of plastic bags such as shopping bags. We find these extremely useful for transporting wet shoes or clothes
- Light rain gear for summer months (late November to April)
- Swimming costume
- If you are planning to go rafting we recommend long shorts such as board shorts to prevent your knees from burning in the sun.
- Long pants are a must if you plan to ride an elephant!
- Camera equipment
- Phones, laptops & tablets: Roaming charges are still pretty darn exhorbitant but since the UNWTO conference Vic Falls and Livingstone are fully connected and most places offer wifi
- South African travellers should take a an international plug converter as both Zimbabwe and Zambia have square pin plugs
- If you wear contact lenses, we recommend that you bring along a pair of glasses. If you plan on doing white river rafting. A bungy cord to keep your glasses on whilst rafting is useful
- Binoculars and a Newman’s bird book (The app is pretty fantastic too) if you are keen birders
- Personal toiletries and any personal medication. Many of the bigger hotels offer basic toiletries such as shampoo, body lotion and insect repellant
- Malaria tablets
- Basic medical kit such as headache tablets, anti-histamine cream, Imodium
- Insect repellent eg Tabard, Rid, Jungle Juice, etc
- Money: we find small denominations of USD the most useful to travel with in Zimbabwe. While Rand, Pounds and Euro are widely accepted in Vic Falls Zim you may not like the rate of exchange you are given
Guests travelling to Zambia will need local currency (Zambian Kwatcha) for small purchases. This can be drawn at the ATM at Livingstone airport or in Livingstone town
- A flashlight (torch). Please take spare batteries
- Pens for filling out forms at passport controls
- A sense of humour – This is Africa !