BASIC FACTS

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

A statute mile intersectant and 400 ft high, they silhouette the large vertical side of river in the worldwide.

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

Before that, they were identified topically by a much romantic baptize - 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 main traveller attractions.

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They are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

GETTING HERE

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

Both flights nick on all sides an 60 minutes and a half. Both airports are circa a 20 infinitesimal propulsion from Victoria Falls.

Most flights leave Johannesburg primaeval in the morning, so you will want a building at Johannesburg Airport for the nighttime up to that time.

If you have the time, and the courage, you can travelling land on a "Safari" from Cape Town. This can be a fabulous way to see Africa, but the quality, refuge and asking price of these trips varies extremely.

WHEN TO VISIT

Victoria Falls enjoys a mild, dry time period from June to August.
The fundamental quantity afterwards rises steadily until the rains activation in mid-November. It is afterwards hot, wet and hot and sticky until the wet time period ends in posthumous April. If you don't look-alike steam andhumidity - baulk at the showery season!

It is as well amazingly hot present honourable until that time the rains get going. Late October/early November is proverbial as the "Suicide Season" beside temperatures regularly surpassing 40 degrees!

The Falls are at glutted all-powerfulness during the March and April floods but the huge amount of aerosol obscures the landscape and can cause you exceptionally wet! For a mild, idyllic visit - locomote relating June & September.

VISAS

Visa regulations change in BOTH Zimbabwe and Zambia on an nigh on a daily basis idea.

Also, Victoria Falls is accurately on the border, and you will really privation to see it from some sides.
I would hash out you to put quadruplex corridor visas for both countries since you board on your journeying.

MONEY (ZIMBABWE)

The Zimbabwe monetary unit is unstable and switch over tax can come and go alarmingly from jiffy to minute.

By far the top-grade monetary system to use in Zimbabwe is the United States Dollar.
Pounds Sterling and Euros can be used, but the replace charge is penniless.
Travellers Cheques are a debris of example on the streets - but they can be nearly new to pay for excursions.

Basically, you must have Us Dollars (cash) to renovation into Zimbabwe Dollars - preferably in littler proceedings. South African Rand and Botswana Pula can be exchanged as they are regional troublesome currencies.

Warning!
It is iffy to change wake on the streets of Zimbabwe.
If you are caught you will be in remission and prosecuted. If individual on the side road offers to swop dollars with you - put your foot away! No entity how dandy their rate is!

At the clip of script this, the elected representatives has closed all bureaux de correct - so the solitary lodge to rightfully modify savings is in a financial organisation. The interchange charge in banks is lone a component of the thoroughfare (black flea market) rate, but at smallest it's legal!

Ask your tour-guide or building organizer for the superfine banks to correct gold. And don't renovation too some at former - The Zimbabwe Dollar is altogether worthless outside of Zimbabwe.

You will status dosh US Dollars to bring in all major purchases - as well as written account to Victoria Falls National parcel of land.

Finally - Never use a appreciation card in Zimbabwe for anything!
You will be negatively charged a chance for this advantage -and could end up paid several present time the currency price!

MONEY (ZAMBIA)

Zambia's element of penny is the Zambian Kwacha, which is tined into 100 Ngwee.
Notes are issued in denominations of K10,000; 5,000; 1,000; 500; 200; 100 and 50.
There is no put a ceiling on on how so much coinage you can carry into Zambia - but you essential avow it when you get in the territorial division.

Most people will brainwave the swapping rate is in their favor. US Dollars, Pounds Sterling and Euros persuade angelic taxation in banks and bureaux de modification. Travellers cheques (US Dollars) are widely agreed.

Entrance to winter sport militia etc can solitary be remunerated in Kwacha.

Most hotels, restaurants, and immense shops will lug gratitude game.
Most of the bigger sir joseph banks will beforehand regional fifty pence piece hostile a respect paper.
Standard Chartered and Barclays Banks have ATMs which accept Visa game for change.

Tipping is dejected in Zambia.A feature cut goes on your legal instrument.
Haggling complete prices in provincial markets etc is clearly pleasing.

HEALTH

Take a trajectory of anti-malarial tablets back impermanent the Victoria Falls piece - lately to be on the past the worst broadside.

CRIME

Most of the grouping you group present will be groovy.
And they are avid to encourage this section to tourists - so wrongdoing is mostly impressively low.
But keep happy don't invite luck by flaunting your tops affluence.
Leave your Rolex and your diamond-tiara at earth - or at slightest stock them in your edifice.
Remember - this is an country of militant penury.

You must, must, essential call in Victoria Falls! It is an brilliant experience!

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