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i-con2 Victoria Falls : Travel Information and Accommodation
Victoria Falls Zambia
zambia_flagFor the trip from Katima Mulilo to Livingstone in Zambia one needs about 4 hours. The road is tarred, but not in peak condition with deep potholes in places. Take the border crossing Wanela / Sesheke at the 900 metre long Zambesi Bridge, 4 kilometres west of Katima Mulilo. The post is open daily from 6 am to 6 pm. Entrance visa are issued at the border at a cost of 50 US$. A passport and an International drivers license are required. If travelling in a rented car, one has to produce a permit of the rental company. Additionally 15 US$ for a vehicle indemnity insurance are payable as well as a "carbon tax" depending on the car's engine size.

The currency in Zambia is the Kwacha, 7000 Kwacha equalling 1 Euro. Particularly at the Vic Falls the US-Dollar is the preferred currency.

Livingstone
The town of Livingstone on the Zambian side offers nowadays a full touristic infrastructure. Zambia has strongly profitted from tourism and also from the miserable state of affairs in Zimbabwe. Hotels and other types of accommodation and even restaurants are cheaper than on the Zimbabwean side. The safety situation is also better than in Zimbabwe.

Mosi-O-Tunya National Park
The Falls on the Zambian side are part of the 66 square kilometre big Mosi-O-Tunya National Park, which is home to an enormous amount of game including elephants, rhinos and giraffes. Worth a visit is the Livingstone Museum on the Mosi-O-Tunya Road. It meticulously documents the history of Zambia which once was part of Rhodesia.


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Photo: Colonial Ambiance in the Royal Livingstone Hotel

restsymbol3Restaurant Recommendations

Ngoma Zanga
. Mosi-O-Tunya-Road.
Authentic African food. Tel 03-323146.

Rite Pub & Grill
. Mosi-O-Tunya-Road. Steaks, Hamburgers, Pasta, Pizza and international food. Tel 03-320398.

Zambesi Ferry in Kazungula
Those who want to leave out Zimbabwe completely, have the option to cross the Zambezi, which here is 400 metres wide, in Kazungula (Botswana) on a car ferry. However, one might have to wait for a long time, an entire day sometimes, because of the endless queues of trucks waiting on the road. A bridge across the Zambesi is in the planning.
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Photo: A real Highlight is a Joy Flight per Helicopter or Aircraft across the Falls.

Victoria Falls Zimbabwe
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Despite the present political and economic troubles in the country it is not a problem to visit the Zimbabwean side of the Victoria Falls which, arguably, is the more scenic one. Important: Because of chronic fuel shortage in Zimbabwe one should fill up in Kasane. Victoria Falls lies about 90 kilometres from the Botswana / Zimbabwe border.

The access route goes via Katima Mulilo, Ngoma (Botswana) and Kasane. You will get to the border post Kazungula after a few kilometres. The actual border crossing can be very time-consuming, a 2-hour wait must be seen as normal. Required is a passport, the International drivers licence and border papers of the car rental company. Visa for 45 US$ are issued at the border. Plus an indemnity insurance and a fee for the use of the roads.

Payments are generally accepted in US$, also for accommodation and restaurants in the town Victoria Falls.

Water Falls
At the park entrance near the Falls an entrance fee of 20 US$ per person is payable. A splendid spectacle of unique beauty makes up for it. A circular path leads to the various view points: at the Devil's Cataract, at the Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Rainbow Falls and many more sights. Wear rain clothes, not to understimate the spray mist. At least protect your camera.

Zambesi Bridge
A walk on the famous bridge across the Zambesi gorge belongs to the unforgettable impressions of Victoria Falls. The border officials in Zimbabwe only hand out a control slip. A border crossing procedure is not necessary. If you wish to visit the Zambia side, though, you'll have to go through with the entire border procedure, including visa fees etc.


restsymbol3Restaurant Recommendations

The Boma. Reginald Street. Excellent game dishes and buffet. Tel 013-43201.

The Cattleman Steakhouse
. Clarke Street. Steaks, ribs, hamburgers and international food. Tel 013-44767.

Victoriafalls Unterkunft

The Royal Livingstone Hotel

Directly on the Zambesi banks; 173 stylish en-suite rooms with aircon + sat TV; restaurants, pool, sundeck; gardens.

Rates: please enquire

Phone +260 (21) 3 321122

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Kwesu Guest Lodge

Friendly quiet house in the outskirts of Livingstone. Ensuite rooms with aircon. Sat Tv. Kitchen. Internet. Parking.

Rates: DBL from USD 38 pp

Phone +260 977 844763

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