first Is it safe to visit Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe?
Zimbabwe as a whole has had very bad pressure in recent years due to its political instability. Therefore, the question is "Is it sure" to visit well-founded. However, Victoria Falls has always been its own entity and must be seen separately from the rest of Zimbabwe in terms of crime and security.
To understand this clearly, you should be aware of the tribal structure of the people of Zimbabwe. Supporters of Robert Mugabe are the Mashona people from Mashonaland province. The Victoria Falls region is located in Matabeleland province and is the Matebele People's Castle, their dominance here is so strong that Mashona supporters do not dare to venture here. For this reason, Victoria Falls has been free from the political turmoil that has been exposed to the rest of Zimbabwe.
As I write this, I would definitely say that Victoria Falls is a definite tourist destination. Reviews on all travel forums will approve this.
Smuggling exists as with everywhere in the world, but it is a tourist city, and the people know that their livelihood depends on the visitors coming in. In all, they do nothing to put this at risk. Be aware and be sensible as you would travel to any destination all over the world.
Recently, the United States removed travel alerts to all its citizens who want to travel to Zimbabwe, showing their confidence in Zimbabwe's recovery. Other countries have also followed. Japan excluded Victoria Falls from its travel warnings in April 2009.
2. Is Zimbabwe's dollar still in use?
No – The Zimbabwe Dollar is outdated in the foreseeable future. Goods and services are now priced and paid in United Sates Dollars. Although Rand, Pula and British pounds will also be accepted at today's exchange rate.
3. Can I use credit cards?
The banking system in Zimbabwe does not facilitate the use of credit cards. Therefore, only companies that have external bank accounts or affiliates outside the country can accept credit cards. Although the larger hotels groups have this facility, some of them charge taxes and some struggle to get authorization through fast enough so it can be a very frustrating experience. The small shops and restaurants do not accept cards, and most tour operators will not be. Therefore, it is very unwise to rely on using your credit card in Zimbabwe. ATM machines are definitely not in operation and no money can be withdrawn. The best advice is to book and pay for your home and activities as much as possible, so spend some money with you to spend money and extra.
4. How do I pay for my home and activities?
Payment for your property must be made before arriving in Zimbabwe through your travel agent. Package deals including flights and accommodation are by far the most economical way to do this and they can be paid before departure. Travel control is accepted at some hotels and not with others.
Cash is of course accepted everywhere, but with large amounts it is never advisable.
All activities like rafting and bungee jumping, etc. can also be booked and paid via reputable websites before travel, as most tour operators do not accept credit cards when they are there.
5. What type of accommodation is available in Victoria Falls?
Victoria Falls A small tourist town located just 1 mile from the mighty Victoria Falls. This city is developed for one reason and only one reason – Tourists.
As a result, there are a wide range of hotels and lodges, bed and breakfasts, campsites and camping. From the most luxurious accommodation to backpacking hostels, whatever your budget, there will definitely be something that suits you.
6. What activities can I do in Victoria Falls?
Victoria Falls is the undisputed Adventure Capital of Africa. There is an incredible variety of activities that will satisfy almost everyone's needs. For the adrenaline junkies there is the wildest one-day white water rafting trip in the world, the 111 meter high bungee jump, river surfing, kayaking, helicopter and micro light airplanes, heart stop gorge swings, cords and many more.
For the more sedate there are crossroads, elephant rides, rich local arts, crafts and cultural experiences, fishing, golf and game viewing, and the list goes on and on.
7. How do I get to Victoria Falls?
Victoria Falls is accessible via Air, Rail and Road.
By air – Both British Airways and South African Airways operate daily flights to Victoria Falls directly from Johannesburg. Air Namibia operates four flights a week from Windhoek via Maun to Falls and Air Zimbabwe operates daily flights from Harare, three days a week, these flights are via Bulawayo.
By Road – The roads in Zimbabwe are still in good condition and are probably some of the best in Africa and they are pretty quiet to travel on. The fuel supply is unpredictable, so make sure you have enough to drive the entire distance. Fuel is usually available in Victoria Falls for the tight price of US $ 1.50 per liter.
By rail – Luxury Rovos Rail service travels between Pretoria and Victoria Falls and is a 2 night 3 day trip. Botswana Rail has trains running between Francistown and Bulawayo, and Zimbabwe Railways have an overnight train from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls, this is an option, but certainly not luxurious. The trains are a bit run down and I've heard reports of some of the waggons that do not have light – but it's a unique African experience if you're aware of it!
Victoria Falls train station is right next to Victoria Falls Hotel and Kingdom Hotel and less than one mile from the city center.
8. Do I need a visa for Zimbabwe and how do I get one?
If you stay for less than six months, you can enter Zimbabwe with minimal formalities. You must check if your home country requires you to get a visa. See the Victoria Falls Travel Guide website.
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry, a return ticket to your country (or enough money to buy one) and sufficient funds to cover your stay in Zimbabwe are required.
Visa for British Passengers costs $ 55 single entry and $ 70 for a double entry visa. US Passports pay $ 30 for a single entry and $ 45 for a double entry fee. South Africans are issued with free (free) visas at the port of entry.
Citizens from many countries can access a visa very easily in the gateway and therefore it is not necessary to arrange this before you travel, although some countries require their citizens to apply before the trip so check this and all other visa information on Victoria Falls Travel Guide Website
9. When is it the best time of year to visit Victoria Falls?
There is never a best time; Each season has its own magic. From December to May, the water levels are at their highest and there is a large volume of water falling over the falls, which is quite spectacular. As the water level drops, there is less water vapor over the fall from May to December, so there is less spray and the falls become more visible. By the end of October and early November before the rain arrives, some of the falls actually stop flowing especially east cataracts in Zambia.
As the water drops down, the refining becomes wild. The birds and wildlife gather along the river to the essential water.
There is always plenty of sunshine, but the winter months of June and July are getting very cold in the evening. Months in December and January usually experience heavy rainfall.
10. Is there malaria in Victoria Falls?
Yes – Malaria occurs in Victoria Falls, and travelers will be advised to take appropriate prophylactic. Ask your travel agency or doctor for advice before you travel. Other precautions like mosquito and insecticide are advisable.
More tips can be found on the Victoria Falls Travel Guide website.
11. Is it true that there is a lack of food in Victoria Falls?
In the past there has been a lack of food, but things are improving now and you will find most things you need – even if it's very expensive.
If you live in a hotel you have no idea that there are missing menus are full and exquisite.
12. Is there a fuel shortage?
Tour operators supply their own fuel, so as a visitor, it will not have any impact on your trip, what ever.
If you are a self-propelled fuel, it is usually always available in Victoria Falls, although this is not guaranteed as some weeks, it is available and some weeks are not. It is always very expensive. And I would recommend filling all the fuel tanks before entering Zimbabwe.
13. What happens if I get sick while in Victoria Falls?
Although it is common practice to advise all tourists to buy the necessary medical and evacuation cover when traveling to foreign countries, we are pleased to advise that there is an excellent private clinic in Victoria Falls manned by qualified and experienced staff.
They also have a Medical Air Rescue Service (MARS) base in Victoria Falls if emergency evacuation is required. Most activity operators and some hotel guests include MARS evacuation cover in their fees.
14. Can I drink the water in Victoria Falls?
Yes – Most, if not all locals, drink happily from municipal supplies. However, if you suspect that you have a sensitive stomach, it is recommended to use bottled water and is easily accessible.
15. What is the difference between living on the Zimbabwean side as opposed to the Zambian side?
The most fundamental difference between staying in these two different countries is that the geographical layout means that Zimbabwe has 85% of Victoria Falls on its side of the border. So any visitor who travels to see the Mighty Falls, and only seeing them from Zambia would have been seriously deprived.
Although wildlife protection is now much more controlled in Zambia, much of the game has been depleted previously, unlike Zimbabwe, where the Zambezi National Park and its surrounding wildlife preserves are diligent with games.