FAQ’s 2017-06-02T16:30:59+00:00

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Victoria Falls FAQs

For the majority of foreign visitors to Zimbabwe entry is straight forward and hassle-free. All visitors to Zimbabwe must be in possession of a valid passport in order to enter the country and in some cases, a visa.

For more specific information regarding whether or not a Visa to travel to Zimbabwe is required – kindly see http://www.experiencezimbabwe.com/guide/visa-requirements

Zimbabwe has been identified as a country affected by Malaria. The good news is that it is preventable, so if you are prepared there is no reason why you should not have a healthy and happy trip to Victoria Falls. You will need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria. It is recommended that you visit your doctor, pharmacist or travel clinic – ideally 2-6 weeks before travelling – and advise them that you are travelling to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia. They can help you decide which medicine is right for you, and also talk to you about other steps you can take to prevent malaria. Additional Information
As Victoria Falls River Lodge has access to professional medical facilities within half an hour – our guests need only bring their personal medical requirements.
Victoria Falls Airport is the closest airport – an approximately 45 minute drive.

Next would be Livingstone Airport (Zambia), which is approximately 60 minutes by road transfer (subject to Zambian and Zimbabwean customs clearance)

A passport and current drivers license is all that is required.
Yes. We offer transfers from/to Victoria Falls Airport upon arrival and departure as well as the option to travel into the town of Victoria Falls daily. The aforementioned airport transfers and optional trip into town, typically departing at 10h00 and returning to Camp at 15h00, are included in our accommodation rate.

Management would also be more than happy to assist in the arrangement of any additional transfers that may be required.

We recommend a minimum period of approximately three days as we have found that it is often just not possible to comfortably fit in all the wonderful activities that the Lodge and Victoria Falls area in general has to offer. The maximum length is completely up to you.

The town of Victoria Falls falls within the Matabeleland North Province, therefore Ndebele is the predominant language in the region. This area is however, also a Tonga stronghold. The Tonga people range from near Hwange, down along the River to Binga (top end of Lake Kariba). The Tonga culture is deeply rooted in the local ethos, with carvings & pendants of Nyaminyami (the Tonga deity, their river god) widely available in the area.

Although the tribes that are native to the area are the Ndebele and Tonga, Shona is also spoken by many of the people. This is probably mostly due to people in the tourism industry migrating to the area. The other fairly prominent tribe or language from this area is Namibia; a people found predominantly in the Hwange area that has also spread up to The Falls.

Across the River, on the Zambian side, are the Lozi and the Toka Leya people.

While on Safari in Zimbabwe, it is wise to choose clothing in neutral, camouflage colours such as brown, khaki, stone or beige which will make you less visible and thus enable you to get closer to the wild animals you may want to see. It is advisable to layer your clothing as this provides more warmth when necessary but also allows you to remove clothing during the hottest period of the day. Please see our Weather Guide + Pack List
The Zimbabwe climate is tropical, although markedly moderated by altitude. There is a dry season, which also includes a short cool season, during the period May to September during which the whole country receives very little rain. The rainy season is typically experiences heavy rainfalls between November and March.

Yes. The water at the Victoria Falls River Lodge is perfectly safe to drink.
Zimbabwe does not change its clocks during the year, and there are no regional variations within the country. Zimbabwe Standard Time is (+2) Greenwich Mean (or Universal Standard) Time, (+1) Central European Winter Time, and (+7) USA’s Eastern Standard Winter Time. Time Zone: CAT (Central Africa Time).
Date English Name
1 January New Year’s Day
18 April Independence Day
25 May Africa Day
2 July The Public Women’s Day and Children’s Day
Second Monday in August Heroes’ Day
Second Tuesday in August Armed Forces Day
18-23 Dec Unity week
25 December Christmas Day
26 December Boxing Day
27-31 December Shangani week
Zimbabwe has a warm sunny climate and everyone should wear sunscreen and a hat whenever out of doors during the day; particularly between 10am and 2pm, regardless of whether there is cloud cover or not.