Zimbabwe Travel info

Money:

  • Credit cards are widely accepted in Victoria Falls, most lodges and hotels will accept Visa & MasterCard and even Amex and Diners in some instances.
  • ATM’s are also available at a number of locations including the Barclays Bank close to Ilala Lodge (diagonally opposite to The Kingdom Hotel).

Currency:

  • Zimbabwe has no currency of its own. Most major currencies are accepted as payment but almost everyting is costed in USD.  We recommend that you carry small denominations of dollars which you can use for drinks, tips and curios. South Africa Rand can also be used but not always at a great exchange rate, check before you spend.
  • DO NOT be tempted to change money with people on the street however charming or persistent. It’s against the law. Rather go to a reputable bureau de change.
  • If you plan on buying some of the stunning curios on offer in Victoria Falls you may want take along a ‘sweetener’ to clinch your deal in the form of old clothes (T-shirts are popular), sunglasses, batteries even pens.
Health:
  • The Victoria Falls region is a malaria area. We strongly recommend that you consult a doctor and start prophylaxis before your arrival. Be smart not paranoid. Cover up with long pants and shirts after dark, sleep under a mosquito net and use mosquito repellent.
  • Victoria Falls is serviced by medical air rescue services (MARS). They will be able to attend to you in an emergency and, if required, airlift you to the nearest hospital facility that can treat your condition.
  • All visitors are responsible for their own travel and medical insurance. Please ensure that you are fully insured for emergency evacuation, medical, curtailment and repatriation.
  •  Ebola: We must stress that there is NO EBOLA in the vast Southern Africa region which includes the popular safari destinations of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique and Namibia.  With the growing uncertainty of travel to Africa, following the outbreak of Ebola, many service providers have decided to temporarily amend their Terms and Conditions with regards to the cancellation policy to allow cancellation of travel if Ebola emerges in the country you are travelling to in the hope that this will encourage visitors to continue with their bookings. Please note that all travellers are still required to have full and comprehensive Travel Insurance cover.
How to get there:
  • Flights:  SAA & BA Comair fly daily between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls airport. Air Zimbabwe has resumed their flights between Johannesburg (O.R Tambo) and Victoria Falls and currently fly three times a week : Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
    Fly Africa.com, a newlow cost airline,
    currently offers flights between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls three times a week: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
  • SAA’s Voyager Miles which can be used to redeemed for flights to Victoria Falls. You currently require 30000 Voyager Miles on Mileage Keeper to fly to Victoria Falls in economy class. This is subject to change. For more info visit flysaa.com
  • Baggage:  Note that new airline rules stipulate that only one bag per client can be checked in free of charge. Allowances vary with different flight classes and loyalty programs but as a rule of thumb work on the following:

    Checked in bag dimensions should be no larger than 90cm x 75cm x 43 cm

    Weight of luggage: 20 kgs
    Sports and music equipment forms part of your luggage allowance - so as long as the equipment fits into your bag there is no extra charge.
    One hand luggage of no more than 7 kgs or exceeding 56cm x 36cm x 23 cm's allowed.
    The above does not apply to Fly Africa.com
  • Self drive: We recommend self drive visitors from South Africa drive via Botswana. Although there are no security issues with travelling in Zimbabwe, the border at Beit Bridge can get very congested. The road via Nata to Kasane is tarred all the way. Cross over into Zimbabwe at Kasane. It’s approximately 100kms from Kasane to Victoria Falls. You will require your vehicle ownership papers (or a certified copy) and a police clearance certificate of your vehicle. We recommend you contact your nearest AA (Automobile Association) for the up to date requirements.
  • Border post times: (subject to change)  
    Beitbridge - 0600 – 2230hrs daily
    Kazungula - 0600 – 1800hrs daily
    Victoria Falls - 0600 – 1800hrs daily
  • International driving permits and driving licenses issued in all SADC countries are valid in Zimbabwe. Visitors from other countries not covered by this agreement are able to drive for a period of 90 days using driving permits or licenses issued in their home countries.
  • Getting around:  Guests staying in town, such as The Kingdom & The Victoria Falls Hotels can walk to the Falls. Most of the bigger hotels that are out of the centre of town have a shuttle bus that takes guests between the hotel and the rainforest with a couple of other stops along the way. It is very easy to catch a cab to get around if walking isnt your thing. Your accommodation will be very happy to oblige. Be sure to find out from the concierge how much you should expect to pay before setting of. It doesnt hurt to negotiate the price with the cab driver either.

Security:

  • We are asked all time “is it safe to go to Zimbabwe?" Absolutely. If you come from South Africa I rest my case… As in most countries the locals can see that you are a tourist so be aware and take responsibility for the security of your stuff. Don’t create temptation by leaving cash and valuables lying around. Make use of the safe facilities that most lodges offer in facilities either in the rooms or at reception. As a tourist your valuable revenue is providing jobs and a lifeline to the families of those that are employed directly, and indirectly in the tourism industry.  

Travelling with kids:

  • Under the new regulations, parents travelling to & from SA with children under the age of 18 are required to produce an unabridged birth certificate for each child. In the case where only one parent is travelling with the child(ren), consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered is required. Alternatively, either a court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or a death certificate of the other parent must be produced. From 1 June 2015, airlines will be forced to refuse travel to families not in possession of these documents
  • Effective from the 1st October 2016, minors travelling through Botswana’s borders will be required to produce certified copies of unabridged birth certificates in addition to their valid passports. In the event that one parent is not travelling with the child, the other parent's affidavit consenting to such travel should be availed. However, an affidavit will not be required if the father’s name does not appear on the child’s birth certificate.

    To summarise the above, should families be travelling with children below the age of 18 as of 1 October 2016  they will require the following: 

    • Valid Passports
    • Certified unabridged birth certificates for all minors below the age of 18
    • A letter of consent from the other parent should the minor be travelling with one parent
Passports:
  • All visitors require valid passports to enter Zimbabwe
  • Passports must be valid for at least 6months and have at least 2 blank pages. See visa requirements below. 
Zimbabwe visas:
  • Visas are only a formality for SA passport holders and passports are rubber stamped on entry to Zimbabwe.
  • Most passport holders including UK & US need a visa to enter Zimbabwe. Bar a few nationalities which require a visa prior to entering Zimbabwe, most visas can be bought on arrival in Zimbabwe. Only single and double entry visas can be obtained on arrival so if you are planning on going across to Livingstone for some activities and maybe to Chobe for the day you may want to consider getting a multiple entry visa before your arrival. These can only be obtained from a Zimbabwe Foreign office.

Useful links:

    • Category A Visa is Free
      Category B Visa Fee is US$30.00 for Single Entry
      UK is US$55.00 for Single Entry and US$70.00 for Double Entry
  • Zimbabwe has introduced an e visa facility; so where a pre applied visa must be obtained before arriving in Zimbabwe this can now be done online at https://www.evisa.gov.zw
  • Kaza Uni-Visa is reinstated as of 21st of December 2016. (with more countries to follow) to allow fee movement between these countries for certain passport holders. This means that guests planning on extended safari itinerary that will take in the countries involved with the Univisa will only have to pay one fee. (on implementation the cost was $50 pp) The Univisa is valid for 30 days. Follow this link for more information on the Kaza Visa

 Entrance fees to Victoria Falls rainforest:

  • International:      US30 (Adult)       US$10 (child)
    Regional (SADC): US$ 20 (Adult)    US$8   (child)
    Local Residents:  US$7 (Adult)       US$4  (child) 
  • These costs to enter Victoria Falls are applicable to the Zimbabwe side only. If you wish to see the Falls from the Zambian side there will be an additional entrance charge. Please note these costs are for a single entry only but you can stay within the rainforest for as long as you like in a one day period.

    Entrance fees are subject to change. You can use cash (USD is best but ZAR and other major currencies are accepted) or credit card to enter the Falls from the Zimbabwe side. Please take your passport with you if you area local or regional visitor otherwise you will be charged the international rate.
 
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