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Victoria Falls – 3 days


Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

from US$ 712 per person sharing

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Victoria Falls – 3 days

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Indication Price (from): US$ 712 per person sharing *view all prices and dates

Length: 3 days / 2 nights, but we will amend to suit your needs

Group Size: Flexible – you tell us how many in your party

Location: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Departure Dates: To suit you

INDICATION PRICES

Final prices vary, subject to factors such as exchange rates, time of year and availability. Contact us to fine-tune these prices and to tailor-make your dream safari.

OUR CHARGES

Our fee for compiling your dream safari is included in the price that you pay.

This iconic safari delivers 3 days of non-stop action at Africa’s adventure capital – Victoria Falls, and is ideal for a short break or as an add-on to another safari. You will be met on arrival in Victoria Falls by one of our representatives, and again at the end, to ensure a seamless safari experience.

Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River is one of Africa’s most iconic destinations and deservedly on many bucket lists. That awe-inspiring vertical drop of 108m into the chasm below, as well as the mist spray curtain during full flood that can be seen and heard from afar (its local name is ‘Mosi-oa- Tunya’, which means ‘the smoke that thunders’), make for a truly unforgettable experience. Just wandering the streets of this quaint town is a special experience as you negotiate for souvenirs, dodge warthogs (and elephants!), hang out with locals and sample a range of restaurants and bars.

Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It’s also an adventure centre of note. You could stay for ages and enjoy a different activity every day, from bungee jumping, gorge swinging and white water rafting, to helicopter and microlight flights (a.k.a the flight of angels), sunset boat and steam train cruises, horse riding, game drives, canoe trips, and so much more. Here is a detailed list of activities on offer.

During your stay on the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls, walk across the bridge and also visit the Zambian side, which offers an exhilarating walk across the ‘Knife-edge Bridge’, a close-up view of the ‘Boiling Pot’ (a scary whirlpool at the base of the falls) and, for the really adventurous, a dip in the famous ‘Devil’s Pool‘.

This itinerary is popular with many of our clients:

Lodge options: We offer a number of lodge options to suit your budget and expectations, such as the Victoria Falls Hotel (luxury), Victoria Falls Safari Lodge (mid-range) and Bayete Guest Lodge (budget).

Day 1: Arrive in Vic Falls

Arrival in Victoria Falls and check-in at your chosen lodge. After settling into your room and freshening up, you will be transferred to the nearby Victoria Falls for a guided tour, followed by dinner at relaxed The Lookout Cafe (drinks for your own account)

Day 2: Zambezi sunset cruise

Today begins with a hearty breakfast at your lodge, followed by a half-day or full-day activity of your choice (not included). In the late PM, you are invited to chill and relax on the gently-flowing Zambezi River upstream of the Falls. Aboard a comfortable river cruise, drink in hand, you will be able to bid farewell to another day in the Africa continent. Back on terra firma you will be collected and returned to your lodging and soon thereafter to The Boma Restaurant where a unique dinner and entertainment awaits. The Boma is a unique cultural eating and entertainment experience that bombards the senses with the tastes, sights, sounds and smells of Africa, blended with the warmth and hospitality of the Zimbabwean people. Entertainment, while you dine, includes Shangaan dancers, singers, face-painters and witchdoctors. The more adventurous amongst you will be showing off their dance moves and drumming away on traditional African drums, as tables compete with each other for bragging rights. With all of this to whet the appetite, the selection of four-course traditional Zimbabwean dishes is mouth-watering. If mopane worms and crocodile tail are not your thing, settle instead for venison stews, beef, pork, fish and chicken or a variety of vegetarian options. This full day ends back at your lodge, where sleep should come easily.

Day 3: Flight of Angels

Followed by another Kickstarter breakfast, today’s adventure includes a helicopter flip over the Falls. Find out why this iconic experience is called ‘the flight of angels’. After that, you will check out of your lodge, and make your way to your next destination …

Whatever your choice of activities, or the length of your stay, your Victoria Falls safari will fuel your adventurous spirit and keep you young at heart.

Indication Price (from): US$ 712 per person sharing (see below for further pricing where relavant)

Departure Dates: To suit you

BUDGET – Bayete Guest Lodge

LOW SEASON (JAN-MAR)
Per person sharing: US$ 712
Solo traveller: US$ 794
MID SEASON (APR-JUN)
Per person sharing: US$ 732
Solo traveller: US$ 803
HIGH SEASON (JUL-DEC)
Per person sharing: US$ 746
Solo traveller: US$ 811

 

MID RANGE – Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

LOW SEASON (JAN-JUN)
Per person sharing: US$ 1,027
Solo traveller: US$ 1,027
HIGH SEASON (JUL-DEC)
Per person sharing: US$ 1,071
Solo traveller: US$ 1,204

 

LUXURY – Victoria Falls Hotel

LOW SEASON (JAN-JUN & DEC)
Per person sharing: US$ 1,181
Solo traveller: US$ 1,694
HIGH SEASON (JUL-NOV)
Per person sharing: US$ 1,226
Solo traveller: US$ 1,798

Price Includes:
Meet and greet and transfers to and from Victoria falls airport to your accommodation, 2 nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, guided tour of the falls, dinner at The Lookout restaurant (excluding drinks), a sundowner boat cruise on the Zambezi River, dinner at the Boma restaurant, 12-13 minute helicopter ‘flight of angels’ over Victoria Falls, park fees and transfers for the mentioned included activities, SATIB 24 medevac cover, 24/7 Office support

Price Excludes:
International flights, airport departure tax (if required), excess weight charges, tests and visas or entry permits, telephone calls, travel, cancellation and medical insurance (essential on all safaris), optional safari extension and any activities not specified in the itinerary, all charges of a personal nature and any other charges not indicated in the inclusions, tips and gratuities
laundry, all other transfers and park fees for extra activities, all lunches and dinners unless specified

INDICATION PRICES

Final prices vary, subject to factors such as exchange rates, time of year and availability. Contact us to fine-tune these prices and to tailor-make your dream safari.

OUR CHARGES

The price you see includes all services rendered by us and we only generate revenue once and if you book one of our safaris. Going directly to any of the lodges and other suppliers in our safari packages will not save you money because we earn discounts from suppliers based on the volume of business that we generate for them.

Why visit Victoria Falls

Dubbed as ‘The Smoke that Thunders’, Victoria Falls is one of the most iconic sights on the continent – any holiday to the sub-continent, or even further afield will benefit from either starting or ending at Victoria Falls and is little wonder that many African holidays include this natural wonder as a highlight on the itinerary.

Victoria Falls are undeniably the main attraction, and there is little doubt why. They are twice the height of Niagara Falls, the largest uninterrupted sheet of falling water in the world, displacing 500 million litres of water per minute (that is the equivalent of 200 Olympic-sized swimming pools). They are shared by two countries Zimbabwe and Zambia, protected within two national parks Mosi-oa-Tunya NP and Victoria Falls NP, It’s a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the world’s natural wonders.

It is best combined with wildlife safaris to Chobe and the Okavango Delta in neighbouring Botswana, Mana Pools, Kariba or the nearby Hwange NP in Zimbabwe, the virtually unexplored Kafue NP, or, phenomenal South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi National Parks in Zambia. It is equally well connected with holiday hot-spots such as South Africa’s Cape Town, Sun City and the Kruger National Park. Recently, Namibia and Kenya have also linked up flight to this awesome destination.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Victoria Falls is from February to May, soon after the summer rains, this si when the Zambezi flows at its mightiest and delivers the world’s largest sheet of falling water.

The green season starts with the first spring rains in November but it takes time for water fallen in the Angolan Highlands to make its way down to the gorgeous chasms of Victoria Falls. It takes a few months for the Falls to gather steam after a dry winter in mid-year. Visiting Vic Falls can be a sensory overload: the noise, heat and moisture come together in an unforgettable natural show-stopper.

Their sheer size, thunderous roar, powerful force and spectacular column of spray that rises far into the air and plummets over the edge of the Falls in a fine mist that generates and sustains its own rainforest…is without a doubt a true wonder to witness.

The tricky thing about visiting Victoria Falls is that the most impressive spray doesn’t coincide with peak safari season in nearby Chobe in Botswana or Hwange in Zimbabwe. Some activities, like swimming in the Devil’s Pool and certain sections of its white-water rapids, are far too dangerous to undertake when the water is at its highest and fastest.

This means that the period from February to May is not necessarily the best time to make the most of the Fall’s close proximity to its near neighbour, Botswana, one of Africa’s top Big 5 safari destinations unless you don’t mind travelling in the green season. The best time for a holiday in Victoria Falls is the dry winter period from June to August when you can alos combine it with a great safari in nearby Chobe NP, Hwange and Kafue. You can then expect great game viewing, warm days and cool nights, little to no rain and plenty of water still thundering over the breadth of Victoria Falls.

It is the end of the dry winter period – October through November – when the water level is lowest and the weather is very hot and humid, that you may want to avoid. Low water levels will guarantee you’ll have panoramic views (no misty spray) from both sides of the chasm/gorge, but the Zambian side could well have have dried up completely and all you’ll see is dry and bare rocks. Water flow on the Zimbabwean side is permanent but ebbs drown to a trickle during this period.

How to get there

Victoria Falls Airport (Zimbabwe): served by regular flights from Johannesburg, this airport also lands the handy Windhoek/Maun flight. Moreover, as Victoria Falls is only 70km from the Botswana border, you can fly into Kasane Airport from anywhere in the Okavango Delta or Maun Airport and proceed to Victoria Falls by road (60kms). Fastjet also has a flight from South Africa that stops in Harare (en route).

Livingstone Airport (Zambia): the easiest way to fly into Livingstone is from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport but there is also a regular flight from Nelspruit with SAA linking Kruger National Park with the mighty falls.
Your Africa Geographic Travel consultant will be able to navigate the above options and propose the best deal and routing given your itinerary.

How to get around Victoria Falls: Although most of our itineraries include transfers to any activities planned, there is plenty time to amble and explore Vic Falls on your own.

Victoria Falls town is relatively small, compact enough and safe to walk around. Most accommodation is located in town or close by and lodgings that are slightly peripheral often offer regular complimentary shuttles into town, the falls and most places of interest. Several hotels are conveniently located within walking distance to Victoria Falls. It’s also relatively simple to go across the border to view the Falls from Zambia and a different perspective. Expect some activities to involve a border crossing.

Additional Information

Level of difficulty: 100% flexible and dependent on your limitations an choice of activities

Group size: We can cater for solo travellers up to any sized groups, so long there is availability

What to do: The area is known as Africa’s Adventure Capital because there is so much to see and do. In addition to touring the Falls, you can also see them from the air on a helicopter or microlight trip. Hit the water in a canoe, raft or cruising boat; meet habituated elephants; leap off the historic bridge; and swim in the mischievously named Devil’s Pool. There’s also plenty of shopping and history, as well as lazy days in the sunshine after a bumper safari.

For further detail on any activities click HERE

What to pack: Much of what you will have packed for this trip likely depends on what other safaris, and holiday add-ons you may have included.

For a basic what to bring list please click HERE.

Malaria: Before travelling, guests are encouraged to consult their local doctors about anti-malarial medication and preparation, however a repellent stick or spray is effective and should also be utilized.

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