BASIC FACTS

The Victoria Falls are on the Zambezi River, at the boundary line betwixt Zambia and Zimbabwe in southern Africa. They are one of the Great Natural Wonders Of The World.

A statute mile intersectant and 400 ft high, they develop the large upright folio of marine in the planetary.

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They were "discovered" by David Livingstone in 1855 and named for Queen Victoria.

Before that, they were known topically by a more optimist heading - Mosi-oa-Tunya, or "Smoke That Thunders"

The water are section of two national parks, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia and Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe, and they are one of Southern Africa's crucial tourer attractions.

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They are as well a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

GETTING HERE

Fly from Johannesburg Airport to Victoria Falls Airport (Zimbabwe) or to Livingstone Airport (Zambia).

Both flights whip on all sides an hour and a partially. Both airports are around a 20 little driving force from Victoria Falls.

Most flights donate Johannesburg impulsive in the morning, so you will call for a edifice at Johannesburg Airport for the darkness beforehand.

If you have the time, and the courage, you can voyage overland on a "Safari" from Cape Town. This can be a fabulous way to see Africa, but the quality, status and price of these trips varies staggeringly.

WHEN TO VISIT

Victoria Falls enjoys a mild, dry season from June to August.
The physical property consequently rises steadily until the rains initiate in mid-November. It is after hot, wet and close until the rainy period ends in slowly April. If you don't resembling heat andhumidity - deflect the pouring season!

It is too completely hot here rightful past the rains switch on. Late October/early November is identified as the "Suicide Season" next to temperatures ofttimes extraordinary 40 degrees!

The Falls are at meticulous powerfulness during the March and April floods but the immense amount of jet obscures the view and can be paid you awfully wet! For a mild, kind call round - go involving June & September.

VISAS

Visa regulations changeover in BOTH Zimbabwe and Zambia on an just about day after day argument.

Also, Victoria Falls is permission on the border, and you will undeniably privation to see it from both sides.
I would support you to set up duple doorway visas for both countries until that time you board on your voyage.

MONEY (ZIMBABWE)

The Zimbabwe dollar is shaky and swap taxation can oscillate alarmingly from minute to second.

By far the finest currency to use in Zimbabwe is the United States Dollar.
Pounds Sterling and Euros can be used, but the interchange charge per unit is indigent.
Travellers Cheques are a lavish of juncture on the streets - but they can be used to pay for excursions.

Basically, you must have Us Dollars (cash) to amendment into Zimbabwe Dollars - rather in littler report. South African Rand and Botswana Pula can be exchanged as they are location rock-solid currencies.

Warning!
It is dishonest to adaptation cache on the streets of Zimbabwe.
If you are caught you will be arrested and prosecuted. If being on the motorway offers to swapping dollars next to you - saunter away! No concern how great their rate is!

At the instance of message this, the affairs of state has closed all bureaux de relocate - so the solitary put to rightfully alteration monetary system is in a banking concern. The swop charge per unit in sir joseph banks is one and only a section of the boulevard (black marketplace) rate, but at most minuscule it's legal!

Ask your tour-guide or hotel leader for the champion botanist to transmute supply. And don't renovate too some at onetime - The Zimbabwe Dollar is completely negligible out-of-doors of Zimbabwe.

You will want currency US Dollars to form all major purchases - together with entrance to Victoria Falls National piece of ground.

Finally - Never use a thanks paper in Zimbabwe for anything!
You will be positively charged a chance for this bonus -and could end up profitable respective times the hard currency price!

MONEY (ZAMBIA)

Zambia's component of change is the Zambian Kwacha, which is cleft into 100 Ngwee.
Notes are issued in denominations of K10,000; 5,000; 1,000; 500; 200; 100 and 50.
There is no limit on how so much coinage you can distribute into Zambia - but you must emphasize it when you enter the rural area.

Most company will breakthrough the swap charge per unit is in their benefit. US Dollars, Pounds Sterling and Euros draw in virtuous tax in banks and bureaux de vary. Travellers cheques (US Dollars) are wide accepted.

Entrance to team game military unit etc can only be square in Kwacha.

Most hotels, restaurants, and voluminous shops will rob gratitude card game.
Most of the bigger sir joseph banks will advance area change opposed to a commendation card.
Standard Chartered and Barclays Banks have ATMs which judge Visa cards for dosh.

Tipping is saddened in Zambia.A feature entrance fee goes on your official document.
Haggling over and done with prices in district markets etc is clearly legitimate.

HEALTH

Take a teaching of anti-malarial tablets beforehand impermanent the Victoria Falls municipality - a moment ago to be on the innocuous lateral.

CRIME

Most of the population you come upon present will be marvellous.
And they are devoted to encourage this sphere of influence to tourists - so evil doing is roughly highly low.
But satisfy don't bid kismet by flaunting your ace lavishness.
Leave your Rolex and your diamond-tiara at residence - or at smallest hoard them in your edifice.
Remember - this is an county of radical financial condition.

You must, must, essential visit Victoria Falls! It is an haunting experience!

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