Victoria Falls - The Greatest Waterfall On Earth!

BASIC FACTS

The Victoria Falls are on the Zambezi River, on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe in southern Africa. They're one of many Nice Pure Wonders Of The World.

A mile throughout and 400 ft excessive, they type the most important vertical sheet of water on the planet.

They have been "found" by David Livingstone in 1855 and named for Queen Victoria.

Earlier than that, they have been recognized regionally by a extra romantic identify - Mosi-oa-Tunya, or "Smoke That Thunders"

The falls are a part of two nationwide parks, Mosi-oa-Tunya Nationwide Park in Zambia and Victoria Falls Nationwide Park in Zimbabwe, and they're certainly one of Southern Africa's main vacationer points of interest.

They're additionally a UNESCO World Heritage Website.

GETTING HERE

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

Each flights take round an hour and a half. Each airports are round a 20 minute drive from Victoria Falls.

Most flights depart  Johannesburg  early within the morning, so you will want a lodge at  Johannesburg  Airport for the night time earlier than.

When you have the time, and the braveness, you possibly can journey overland on a "Safari" from Cape City. This could be a fabulous method to see Africa, however the high quality, security and worth of those journeys varies enormously.

WHEN TO VISIT

Victoria Falls enjoys a light, dry season from June to August.

The temperature then rises steadily till the rains begin in mid-November. It's then scorching, moist and humid till the wet season ends in late April. When you do not like warmth andhumidity - keep away from the wet season!

Additionally it is extraordinarily scorching right here simply earlier than the rains start. Late October/early November is called the "Suicide Season" with temperatures typically exceeding 40 levels!

The Falls are at full energy through the March and April floods however the immense quantity of spray obscures the view and may make you very moist! For a light, nice go to - come between June & September.

VISAS

Visa laws change in BOTH Zimbabwe and Zambia on an virtually day by day foundation.

Additionally, Victoria Falls is true on the border, and you'll definitely need to see it from each side.

I might advise you to rearrange a number of entry visas for each nations earlier than you embark in your journey.

MONEY (ZIMBABWE)

The Zimbabwe greenback is unstable and trade charges can range alarmingly from second to second.

By far the most effective foreign money to make use of in Zimbabwe is america Greenback.

Kilos Sterling and Euros can be utilized, however the change price is poor.

Travellers Cheques are a waste of time on the streets - however they can be utilized to pay for excursions.

Principally, you have to have Us Dollars (money) to vary into Zimbabwe Dollars - ideally in smaller notes. South African Rand and Botswana Pula may be exchanged as they're regional onerous currencies.

Warning!

It's unlawful to vary cash on the streets of Zimbabwe.

In case you are caught you may be arrested and prosecuted. If any person on the road gives to change dollars with you - stroll away! Regardless of how good their price is!

On the time of scripting this, the federal government has closed all bureaux de change - so the one place to legally change cash is in a financial institution. The change fee in banks is just a fraction of the road (black market) price, however no less than it is authorized!

Ask your tour-guide or lodge supervisor for the perfect banks to vary cash. And do not change an excessive amount of directly - The Zimbabwe Greenback is completely nugatory outdoors of Zimbabwe.

You will have money US Dollars to make all main purchases - together with entry to Victoria Falls Nationwide park.

Lastly - By no means use a bank card in Zimbabwe for something!

You may be charged a fortune for this privilege -and might find yourself paying a number of occasions the money worth!

MONEY (ZAMBIA)

Zambia's unit of foreign money is the Zambian Kwacha, which is split into 100 Ngwee.

Notes are issued in denominations of Okay10,000; 5,000; 1,000; 500; 200; 100 and 50.

There isn't a restrict on how a lot foreign money you possibly can convey into Zambia - however you need to declare it once you enter the nation.

Most guests will discover the trade fee is of their favour. US Dollars, Kilos Sterling and Euros appeal to good charges in banks and bureaux de change. Travellers cheques (US Dollars) are extensively accepted.

Entrance to recreation reserves and so on can solely be paid in Kwacha.

Most inns, eating places, and enormous outlets will take bank cards.

A lot of the greater banks will advance native foreign money towards a bank card.

Normal Chartered and Barclays Banks have ATMs which settle for Visa playing cards for money.

Tipping is discouraged in Zambia.A service cost goes in your invoice.

Haggling over costs in native markets and so on is completely acceptable.

HEALTH

Take a course of anti-malarial tablets earlier than visiting the Victoria Falls space - simply to be on the protected aspect.

CRIME

Most people you meet right here can be fantastic.

And they're eager to advertise this space to vacationers - so crime is usually very low.

However please do not tempt destiny by flaunting your superior wealth.

Depart your Rolex and your diamond-tiara at residence - or a minimum of stash them in your lodge.

Keep in mind - that is an space of utmost poverty.

You should, should, should go to Victoria Falls! It's an unforgettable expertise!

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