What currency should I bring?
The main Zimbabwean currency is US Dollars, however, South African Rand is also a legal tender. We advise you to travel with smaller denominations such as US$1, US$5, US$10 and US$20 for tipping, souvenirs and sundries. Any extras at the A’Zambezi River Lodge can be settled by credit card. MasterCard and Visa credit cards are widely accepted in Victoria Falls town and at your hotel. There are ATM machines in Victoria Falls, dispensing in US Dollars cash, however funds could be limited. Traveller’s cheques and debit cards are no widely accepted.
Zimbabwe has a temperate climate, and is hot most of the year round although temperatures can drop in the evenings as we approach winter. Winter months from May to August, are generally mild and dry.
Average winter temperatures: 7’C to 29’C
The Falls are at their fullest flow rate around March, April & May. Viewing the Victoria Falls at different times of the year offers different experiences – in high flow its entire length is a thundering wall of falling water. There is so much spray it is sometimes difficult to see the falls, but you can certainly feel them. So expect to get a little wet – it will be well worth it for the breath taking experience. (Ponchos will be provided for those needing them on the Tour of the Falls).
What to Pack
- Generally comfortable lightweight clothing is suitable for Vic Falls throughout the year
- Include a warm jacket in your suitcase for evenings just in case
- Comfortable Walking Shoes
- Hats (VERY IMPORTANT!)
- Insect repellent
- Pen (it is always convenient to travel with a pen,for any forms that may need completing)
Visas & Passport Requirements.
All passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of return into South Africa and must have at least two blank pages available for entry/exit stamps. South African passport holders do not need to get a visa prior to arrival – as these are issued on entry. Passengers traveling on foreign passports must contact the Zimbabwean Consulate office ahead of time to ascertain is a visa needs to be obtained prior to travelling.
Local time in Zimbabwe?
Zimbabwe local time is the same as South Africa time.
Can I drink the water in Victoria Falls?
Yes. Most, if not all locals, drink happily from municipal supplies. However, if you suspect you may have a sensitive stomach, then bottled water is recommended and is readily available
What language is spoken in Vic Falls?
English is the official language, while Shona and Ndebele are the major indigenous languages.
Is there malaria in Victoria Falls?
Yes. Malaria does occur in Victoria Falls and travellers are advised to please ask your travel clinic or doctor for advice before you travel. We also advise lavishly applying insect repellent before sunset and sunrise.
Are all the rooms at A’Zambezi River Lodge Air-conditioned?
Yes – all rooms are air-conditioned and have mosquito nets
Other room facilities include:
- Satellite TV
- In-room Safe
- In-room tea and coffee facilities
Is there free Wi-Fi at A’Zambezi River Lodge?
What Plug Adapter do I need for Vic Falls?
3 prong flat adapter (as per the UK plugs) – Type G