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We promote travel opportunities to the wild areas of the Zambezi Valley
WILD ZAMBEZI invites you to a world of nature where the pace is slow, the sun is warm, the sky is huge and the people are friendly.  Our travel promotion focus is the Zambezi River and its iconic wildernesses, including the Victoria Falls & Zambezi National Parks, Lake Kariba, Matusadona National Park and Mana Pools National Park & World Heritage Site .  We provide web-based, up-to-date information on operators, activities, accommodation choices, tours and services in this magnificent area, and offer a reliable, independent travel advisory service.


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- Airline updates
- Need an independent expert to plan your safari?  
- Latest Travel Reviews
- Travel Specials
- We welcome "Villa Muuyu"
- Good rains, bad roads & rising river/lake levels
- A 'Good News' animal story to counter the 'Fake News' myths!
- Fin's Fishing - truly the best!
- Kids' Heaven! - the fish-bait pond at Spurwing Island
- Bumi Hills closed until July for renovations
- Robin Pope Safaris Zimbabwe launches in Mana Pools with John's Camp
- Andrew Smith Safaris - giving back to the safari industry through education
- Sapi Area to be conserved for photographic safaris (no more hunting)
- Wilderness Safaris stands by its 'Disconnect to Reconnect' Policy
- Lovely images from Jecha Camp, Chirundu
- Victoria Falls River Lodge to open Exclusive Island 'Treehouses' in August 2017 
- The Elephant Camp is a winner (again)!
- Wild Horizons - helpful advice for crossing borders
- Tail Ender


South African Airways Airbus flies to Victoria Falls:  The new Victoria Falls International Airport welcomed its first large-bodied aircraft ever, on 1st March 2017, when the South African Airways Airbus A330-200 landed (pictured above left).   The aircraft seats 222 people, 88 more than the smaller aircraft it has replaced, and was 95 per cent full on its inaugural flight.  It now flies daily to Victoria Falls from Johannesburg.

Kenya Airways links Nairobi, Victoria Falls and Cape Town: From18th May 2017, Kenya Airways will start direct flights three times a week between Nairobi and Victoria Falls, with an onward link to Cape Town on the airline's existing services.  The flight will operate on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with an Embraer E190 configured with 12 seats in business class and 84 in economy.   The schedule will leave Nairobi at 07.20, arriving in Victoria  Falls at 09.30.  It will then depart Victoria Falls at 10.20, arriving in Cape Town at 13.22.  The return flight will leave Cape Town at 14.15, arriving in Victoria Falls at 17.10.   It will then depart Victoria Falls at 18.00 for arrival in Nairobi at 22.00.  

Ethiopian Airlines to fly into Victoria Falls:  
Africa’s largest airline, Ethiopian Airlines, will begin four flights a week from Addis Ababa to Victoria Falls, on 26th March 2017, using the latest Boeing 737-800  The flight route will be Addis Ababa – Victoria Falls – Gaborone.

Rainbow Airlines Zimbabwe links Harare with Vic Falls and Johannesburg.    A new Zimbabwean airline, Rainbow Airlines, took to the skies on 25th January with an inaugural once-a-week flight between Harare and Victoria Falls (on Saturdays).  On 5th March the Harare to Johannesburg route will be launched three days a week on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  The airline is using a 50-seater CRJ 100 Bombardier aircraft (pictured above left).  

fastjet suspends Victoria Falls-Johannesburg route:  Low-cost airline fastjet has suspended its Johannesburg -Victoria Falls route.  According to the airline's Chief Executive, Nico Bezuidenhout, this move   "forms part of fastjet’s stabilisation plan, which requires a narrowed commercial focus on network points that perform better commercially".    Since fastjet Zimbabwe began operations in October 2015, the airline has flown over 100 000 passengers across the Zimbabwean skies. Currently, it has 32 flights per week to and from Harare-Johannesburg and Harare-Victoria Falls.  


It's all very well checking out the internet for independent and reliable sources of information like to get ideas for your safari trip, but making informed choices, knowing what works, putting it all together, and making bookings needs a local expert.    Time is of the essence.  Most people have a limited time period for their holiday, and especially if long-haul flights are involved, you need to be able to slot everything together properly so as to make the most of the precious time that you have. 

Here's where your safari planner expert comes in.   Many travellers are reluctant to engage the services of a Safari Planner, thinking that they are going to have to pay a premium for this kind of service.  But wait.... that's not true.  Travel specialists like Safari Planners are provided with their own special rates by the product suppliers, which ensure that the cost to their clients is no higher than if they were to book direct.   Not only will you save endless time and cost, but you get the added benefits of:-
  • independent advice (the best Safari Planners are not affiliated to any particular products, but can advise on everything)
  • informed choices based on the Safari Planner's personal experience
  • first-hand, on-the-ground knowledge
  • years of experience in knowing what works and what doesn't
  • someone to call if you have a problem.
However, it's important that you engage a Safari Planner who really does know what their doing.  There are many well-respected travel companies who have developed safari planning expertise in Southern Africa through years of experience.   If you know one, then you're fine.  But on the whole the best people for the job are those on the ground.  

If you are coming to Southern Africa and hoping for an amazing wildlife safari experience with an add-on trip to the famous Victoria Falls or more, you can't do better than the following Independent Safari Planning experts who are part of the Wild Zambezi travel network and come highly recommended:-
Andrew Smith Safaris
Discover Safaris/Discover Victoria Falls
Experience Africa Safaris
John Stevens Safaris Africa
Safaris 4 Africa

Give us your feedback on the above Independent Safari Planning experts.  Submit a WildZambezi.comTravel Review of their services at one of the above links.   

February 2017  

Read what people are saying about their travel experiences in the latest Travel Review postings on   Follow the links below:-
Marineland - Kariba's largest marina and harbour, offering houseboats for charter, mooring, launching, boat transfers, fuel, drinks, ice, fishing bait and supplies.

Have something to say about a place you have visited or a service you have experienced?  Tell others about it by submitting a Travel Review on the relevant page

There is currently a fantastic array of great SPECIALS on offer from some of Wild Zambezi’s network partners.  
Check them out on each of these page links (scroll down and to the right):-
African Bush Camps (Kanga Camp & Zambezi Expeditions, Mana Pools):  SUMMER FINALE SPECIAL (South African residents & SADC countries) Stay 3 nights pay for 2 (March & April 2017).  SUPER SENSORY SAFARI  - experiential 6-night set-departure safari in Mana Pools (April 2017).  MANA MADNESS SPECIAL – stay min 3 nights at one of the above properties (6 nights altogether at African Bush Camps facilities) and get FREE flights in and out of Mana Pools. (Valid until 30 June 2017)    LONG STAY SPECIAL – at any combo of African Bush Camps – 5% discount for 6+ nights; 10% discount for 9+ nights.  LOVEBIRD SPECIAL - spend your honeymoon at any African Bush Camps properties and get 1 Night FREE when you spend 6 nights or more.   
Changa Safari Camp (Lake Kariba/Matusadona):  FREE FLIGHTS SPECIAL: Valid for Mid and High Season 2017 (1st April - 31 Oct 2017) Stay for 3 nights and receive one free flight into Changa. Stay for 4 nights and receive free return flights to and from Changa.    WILD LOVERS SPECIAL – couples who stay 4 nights or more will both receive one night free! Valid for the whole of 2017; COMBO SPECIAL with The Hide (Hwange) - stay 6 nights (3 in each camp) and pay for 5.     ZIMBABWE RESIDENTS SPECIALS   ROMANTIC WEEKEND SPECIAL Hugely discounted rates (March 2017).  BUDDY MOON GROUP PACKAGE: Special rates for groups of 12 people or more staying for 2 nights or more.
Gorges Lodge & Little Gorges (Imvelo Safari Lodges) (Outside Victoria Falls):  FAMILY ITINERARY - KIDS ON SAFARI -  Stay for 10 days, pay for 7. All inclusive 10-day family-friendly circuit of 4 properties owned by Imvelo Safari Lodges.  Children 12 and under – 50% on accommodation.
Jecha Point Fishing Lodge (Zambezi River, Chirundu):  GREEN SEASON SPECIAL for self-catering chalet accommodation.
John's Camp (Robin Pope Safaris) (Mana Pools):  OPENING SPECIAL - 15% discount for any new bookings confirmed before 14th May 2017.
Musango Island Safari Camp (Lake Kariba):  COOL WATERS PACKAGE  (Vic Falls/Kariba/Mana Pools) and  GET A NIGHT ON US (Stay for 4 nights, pay for 3)
Natureways Safaris (Zambezi River):  SAFARI SPECIALS 2017 - discount rates for Tamarind, Mopane, Mana Shoreline canoeing, and Camp Zambezi  (various dates up to 20 June 2017).
Premier Travel & Tours and Premier Holidays (Harare-based agent):  INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT SPECIALS and LOCAL IS LEKKER -Zimbabwe resident special rates at selected hotels/lodges/camps around Zimbabwe. (Validity dates vary) .
Rhino Safari Camp  (Lake Kariba/Matusadona):    ZIMBABWE RESIDENTS - LOW SEASON SPECIAL.  Two Night Package (self-driving to Kariba) includes lake transfers, accommodation, meals, two activities/day (drives & cruises). Valid until 31 Mar 2017.
Victoria Falls River Lodge (Zambezi National Park/Victoria Falls):  FAMILY VALUE SPECIAL  Share a Family Suite with 2 or more children (4-17 years) and the youngest child stays for FREE. In the case of a twin or a triplet, 1 x child stays for free. (Valid until 31 March 2017.)
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls Safari Club & Victoria Falls Safari Suites:  ZIMBABWE RESIDENTS HONEYMOON SPECIAL (Lodge & Club only) - One partner pays 50% of the applicable B&B domestic rate with a 10% discount on all food and beverage.  Complimentary bottle of bubbly on arrival. Min 3 -night stay. (Valid till 20th Dec 2017)  SAFARI SUITES SPECIAL -  Pay2 Stay3 with Complimentary Food & Beverage Credit. (Safari Suites only) (Valid until 5 April 2017). 
Zambezi Sands River Camp  (Zambezi National Park upstream of Victoria Falls):  STAY FOR 3 PAY FOR 2 - special includes all meals, drinks, wildlife activities and Park entry fees.  Return transfers to and from Victoria Falls airport, 1 free shuttle per stay into Victoria Falls town.  (Valid until 30 April 2017, and then 1 Nov - 31 Dec 2017).    FAMILY ITINERARY - KIDS ON SAFARI -  Stay for 10 days, pay for 7. All inclusive 10-day family-friendly circuit of 4 properties owned by Imvelo Safari Lodges.  Children 12 and under – 50% on accommodation.
Wild Dog Tours (Kariba):  Special Discounts on selected Lake Kariba houseboats and self-catering accommodation in Kariba Town. Valid up to 31 Mar 2017).

Wild Zambezi is delighted to welcome a boutique guesthouse property in Kariba Town to our travel network.  Villa Muuyu  is a professionally managed and full-serviced private guesthouse, centrally-located, with magnificent views over the lake.   It is fully air-conditioned, with spacious living areas, and can accommodate 6 people sleeping in 1 x double and 2 x twin rooms.  There is a large swimming pool, DSTV, Internet and laundry facilities. 

The guesthouse is available on a Bed and Breakfast basis. and dinner can be arranged on request.   Transfers to and from Kariba airport and to and from the various harbours can also be arranged.   For contact details, see this WildZambezi listings page:  Villa Muuyu.

Many parts of Zimbabwe have had received very good rains this year, with crops thriving and dams spilling (in some cases for the first time in a decade or so).  While this is good news for farmers, it is not such good news for the travellers using the country's network of roads which, in some cases, have badly deterioriated as a result of flooding.

Wild Zambezi is grateful for updates from various Zimbabwean travellers and residents of Kariba Town.  Self-drivers are warned to be extremely cautious when driving even in urban areas and on main "highways", where large potholes and surface erosion are appearing.  The best advice is to keep speed down and to remain vigilant at all times.  

Motorists travelling the Harare-Chirundu-Kariba road should beware of a very broken-up surface which has occurred near the town of Banket, a few km after the pass over the Great Dyke hills. A section of road that has collapsed here, the tar has started peeling off and there are a series of dips that are causing a great deal of damage to traffic.  

On the section of road between Makuti and Kariba Town between CHARARA to just past CHAWARA, there are some bad sections.  From Charara to the glitterstone quarry is particularly bad and there are two big potholes at the Nyanyana River bridge on the quarry side of the road (pictured).  There are also a few deep potholes near the Kariba Airport turn off.  Please drive with extreme care!

Meanwhile, the water levels in the Zambezi River and Lake Kariba are rising steadily as inflows from the good rains in the various catchment areas are starting to have an effect.   Here is the comparative hydrological chart from the Zambezi River Authority showing the official measured levels of Lake Kariba for the last 20 years. 

The rescue of 'Mr Bones' the hyena !

The internet is awash with animal welfare rescue stories and particularly if they involve charismatic wild creatures like elephants, or lions, which readily appeal to the public imagination.  However, other, equally needy cases where less immediately appealing wild animals are involved are often ignored by the Media.   

We are delighted to report on the successful rescue, rehabilitation and release of a male Spotted Hyena in the Kariba area.  Read the full story at our Blog Link:  The Rescue of Mr Bones, the Hyena.  

All credit must go to the the hard-working volunteers of the Kariba Animal Welfare Fund Trust (KAWFT) and the dedicated veterinarians of the AWARE Trust  for this extraordinary (and heartening) story.  

Hyenas really do, on the whole, get very bad press (if they get any coverage in the media at all).  One doesn't often see a picture of a "beautiful hyena" posted by the many photographers who show off their creativity on Social Media (except of course if the hyenas are busy tearing apart the remains of a lion kill carcass).  Many people find them "ugly" because of their scavenging habits and their eerie "cackling" and whooping calls.  Their hindquarters are less developed than their powerful necks and forequarters, which gives them a rather ungainly gait.  Traditionally, in African farming areas hyenas are considered pests, and the species has a negative reputation in African folklore, in which they are depicted as greedy, gluttonous, stupid, and foolish, yet powerful and potentially dangerous.  The block-buster Disney film "The Lion King" did little to dispel this image, and in fact has caused much damage to the reputation of the species, in the opinion of those working for its future conservation.     

The truth is that hyenas, like vultures, play a vital role in ensuring that the wilderness is kept clean.  They have powerfully-built skulls and jaws specially adapted to crushing bones.  In fact, the jaws of a Spotted Hyena exceed those of the brown bear in bone-crushing ability!  Their digestive systems are adapted to break down all organic components of their prey, including the skin and bone, which is the reason why their dung consists largely of white powder and hair.  There is very little left of a carcass in the wild after the vultures have left and the hyenas have finished it off.  

"Fake News", seems an appropriately topical label to apply to the misleading depiction of hyenas as slobbering, cringing, evil creatures.  They are, in fact, true sanitisers of the wild and a vital link in ensuring the health of natural ecosystems.  They deserve better Press!

Congratulations once again to the team from Fin's Fishing Safaris (pictured) who are champions of this year's "Test of the Best" tigerfishing tournament held on Lake Kariba 24th/25th February 2017.  

This team also won last year's KITFT (Kariba Invitation Tiger Fishing Tournament)!   So, if you're thinking of hiring a fishing guide for your next trip to Lake Kariba or the Zambezi River - you can't do better than these guys!!  Contact Baobab Bookings.

Each year the top 10 winners of KITFT are invited back to take part in a Catch and Release "Test of the Best" competition the following February.  This year, in total 74 fish were caught , with Ian Wheeler of Charter "B" landing the largest fish at 6.94kgs.  
The full results were as follows:-
1. Fins Fishing
2.  Charter "B"
3. Team Sahwira
4. M & M Fire Tigers
5. Food Lovers Market-Trek
6. Maguires Chicago
7. Umi Sharks
8. Vellie Brigade
9. Isuzu Trucks
10.  It's Broken (Zambia)


Wild Zambezi so enjoyed this fun-filled image from Spurwing Island Lodge, on Lake Kariba, showing their new natural "live-bait" fish pond during the Zimbabwe Schools' half-term weekend!  What an excellent way to keep the kids (and some of the parents) happy for hours in a totally safe environment !  Well done Spurwing! 

This family-friendly safari lodge situated on its own island (when the lake level is high), overlooking the mountains of the Matusadona National Park, is easily accessible with a short boat-transfer from Kariba Town and has long been popular for getaway weekends.  There are lots of fun outdoor things for children of all ages to do at Spurwing, and plenty of green-lawned space for them to do it in.  This, together with the extremely friendly and accommodating staff makes Spurwing a perfect choice for family holidays.

We'd love to hear from children (or their parents) who have enjoyed such activities at Spurwing Island.  Write us a Travel Review on HERE.


Under the new African Bush Camps management, the iconic Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, which overlooks Lake Kariba near the north-eastern end of Matusadona National Park has closed for refurbishment and is set to reopen on 1st July 2017. 

The 10 previous garden-view rooms are now being converted into a gym and spa as well as pilot and guide rooms.   Once renovations are complete, the lodge will have 10 lake-facing rooms with stunning views over Lake Kariba from their extended private decks.  The en-suite bathrooms are being upgraded and decking along the infinity pool area will also be extended to include a lounge and dining area.


Robin Pope Safaris has expanded its operations into the Zambezi Valley in  Zimbabwe with a new semi-permanent camp in Mana Pools.

John's Camp is due to open on 14th April and will operate until the close of the safari season on 30th November 2017.  The new camp takes its name from renowned African safari guide, John Stevens, whose daughter Sarah and her husband Milo Harrup will be running the show.  (Previously operating as The Mana Pools Safari Company, their new strategic partnership with Robin Pope Safaris has resulted in the change of name.)  All existing bookings will be honoured at contracted rates, and any new bookings confirmed between January and 14th May 2017 will be offered a special opening discount of 15%.

The new 10-bed tented camp is simple in concept, offering guests an intimate experience, exceptional service, great game viewing and top-notch guides. John Stevens, who joined Zimbabwe National Parks over 50 years ago, and has worked in and around Mana Pools ever since, will be available to guide on request.

Ton de Rooy, MD of Robin Pope Safaris says he is thrilled with the addition of John’s Camp.  " We believe we share the same values and vision and we look forward very much to growing the Robin Pope Safaris footprint in this special part of Africa.” 

Be the first to tell us about your experience with Robin Pope Safaris, Zimbabwe, at the new John's Camp.  Submit a Travel Review on HERE.


During the rainy "green season", safaris in Zimbabwe slow down and professional guides like Andrew Smith Safaris at last have some free time to relax and catch up with family and friends.   However, for Andrew Smith and some of the other guides, it hasn't all been down-time.  

They have been involved in sharing their knowledge and actively helping future generations to learn and understand the safari industry.   In addition to assisting with the annual Professional Guides exams,  Andrew and other guides have volunteered to help with a number of educational camps and expeditions.

During November, David Langerman and Andrew accompanied a group of fourteen boys from Peterhouse School and their leader, Penny Raynor, to the Bubye Valley Conservancy. The group was there for a week and the boys were given the most incredible experiences. They left with a huge amount of knowledge that will possibly guide them into safari careers or develop their passion for the bush.  Penny`s enthusiasm has inspired Andrew to be more involved with the schools.  In April this year, he will be canoeing down the Zambezi River with Penny and another group of boys.

The boys' enthusiasm has encouraged Andrew Smith Safaris to develop more educational programmes for schools.  Andrew and his wife Clea have been lucky enough to spend some time with a group of boys from St John's Senior School. The support from hunters and guides has been wonderful and the St John`s pupils have been incredibly enthusiastic.  We hope to encourage their curiosity and provide opportunities for them to spend time in the Zambezi Valley.

Although the St John's Safari Club programme is new, some of the boys came on the Kids Camps that are ran through Wilderness Safaris' Ruckomechi Camp and Kavinga Safari Camp. The boys' experiences on the camps have given them the foundations needed for a lifelong love for the bush.  This love has underlined the importance of introducing junior school children into Zimbabwe’s wild areas in the hopes that they will look after them in the future. As a result, Andrews Smith Safaris plans to run a Kids' Camp at Kavinga Camp in the April holidays. 

The wilderness has an amazing way of reminding people of all ages about what is truly important in life. One child cannot save the world's wildlife, but a week on a Kids' Camp can promote a passion that will never fade.  It could also inspire emotions that will encourage future generations in Africa to preserve our beautiful wild areas.

If you have enjoyed a learning experience with Andrew Smith Safaris, please submit a Travel Review on their listings page on HERE.


Well-known Botswana and Kenya conservation tourism company, Great Plains Conservation, has taken over the lease of Sapi concession, a former hunting concession on the eastern boundary (downstream) of Mana Pools, and part of the World Heritage Site.

The 118 000-hectare area is to be managed exclusively for conservation tourism with a camp set up by the end of the year.  By the time the camp opens, there should have been about two new cycles of wildlife births that won’t know the scourge of hunting, said Hilton Walker, Sales and Marketing Director at Great Plains Conservation, in an interview with Tourism Update.   We also have our eye on an existing property in Victoria Falls National Park.

Walker added that, given Zimbabwe’s financial distress, it was critical for Great Plains and other companies to invest in the destination to ensure that money came in and employment and upliftment were created.  We’re very excited to be in that neck of the woods and make a difference on the ground, he said.

Wild Zambezi looks forward to updating our readers on the future plans for this beautiful area.  For background information, see the description of the area on our website page: Places to Visit:  Sapi.  

"It is our firm belief that we should contribute to keeping some areas of the planet wild and remote!" 

In October 2015, Wilderness Safaris announced their "Disconnect to Re-connect" Policy.  This divided their network of camps into those that include a Wi-Fi connection and those that are ‘off the grid’ and unequivocally disconnected.   Their reason was simple:  It would allow guests the opportunity to genuinely “get away from it all” and truly enjoy their holiday and the natural space around them.  

The results?   It has been a mixed bag, so far, which Wilderness Safaris believe points to the trends themselves being in flux and conflict.  Read their full account, including a list of which of their camps are on or off grid, at this Wild Zambezi Blog link:  Disconnecting on Safari:  Why we do it.

Wilderness Safaris are determined to continue to offer guests the choice.  The idea of disconnecting in order to reconnect has always been a part of Wilderness Safaris’ promise to guests – offering space, intact ecosystems and the opportunity to connect with nature, family and friends and indeed the self....

We regard this as an important part of what we stand for and encourage … in other words, a world where natural ecosystems are valued and appreciated, with some resistance applied to the inexorable advance of man and technology.
”  says Chris Roche, Chief Marketing Officer of Wilderness Safaris.

Ruckomechi Camp and Little Ruckomechi on the Zambezi River in Mana Pools National Park are both "off grid".  Check out their listings page on HERE.

If you have enjoyed peace and quiet away from 24-hour "connectivity" with Wilderness Safaris - please tell us about it by submitting a Travel Review on HERE.


What are you waiting for?  Contact them at this listings page link:  Jecha Point Fishing Lodge & Camp



On 1st August this year, Victoria Falls River Lodge is to launch a new, luxury tourism product - their Exclusive Island Treehouses.  

Located on the private Kandahar Island in the Zambezi River, the new development will feature three twin/king "treehouse suites constructed from timber and glass and built among the trees on raised wooden decks, with panoramic river views.  Each will consist of a bedroom and en-suite bathroom with a free-standing bath and an indoor and outdoor shower, and will have its own private plunge pool and personal butler service.  The suites will be connected by elevated walkways to the main open-plan lounge and dining areas.   There will be complimentary wi-fi. 

Activities will include sunrise and sunset cruises as well as morning and evening game drives. As optional extras guests can enjoy spa treatments, canoe or fishing safaris and guided walks with qualified guides in the Zambezi National Park.
Access to the island will be by boat only.   Transfers will be available from Victoria Falls airport (30 mins) or Livingstone Airport (approx 50 mins subject to Zambian/Zimbabwe border clearance).    


The Elephant Camp in Victoria Falls has once again won two prestigious Trip Advisor Travellers' Choice Awards this year!   Trip Advisor users voted this wonderful camp (run by Wild Horizons) Number 9 in the category Luxury Hotel in Africa and Number 18 as Top Hotel for Service in Africa!  

Congratulations to the Wild Horizons management team and their hard working staff who have made it possible for the camp to win Trip Advisor Travellers' Choice Awards every year since 2013! 

We will focus sharply on not only maintaining our standards and level of guest service but to improve on it at every opportunity.”  says The Elephant Camp General Manager, Bradley White.

If you have stayed at this beautiful camp and enjoyed the standards that have made it such an Award-Winner, please submit your Travel Review on HERE.


Victoria Falls tour operators, Wild Horizons,  provide cross-border transfers to and from the resort town and have an experienced representative based at each border post in the area to make going through the border formalities as simple and hassle-free as possible.   However, since the border posts are not under the jurisdiction of Wild Horizons, guests may on occasion experience some of the scenarios laid out below.  Wild Horizons have provided some tips on how best to deal with these:- 

•    You will be required to present yourself at Immigration
•    Possible queues at Immigration.
•    When crossing from Zimbabwe to Botswana you will change from a Wild Horizons coach to an open 4x4 game viewing vehicle. This will be branded African Odyssey.
•    You may need to walk a short way with your bags to change vehicles.
•    On the Botswana-side you will be required to step on a treated mat for foot and mouth disease control. The foot & mouth control is a regular occurrence and should be advised to guests as a matter of procedure. Please note that you will be required by Port Health at the Botswana border to disinfect your shoes before entering Botswana. With this in mind, we request that you carry ALL your shoes as hand luggage in a separate bag for the border crossing.
•    You will be required to present yourself at Immigration 
•    Possible queues at immigration
•    On the Zambian side of the river, you will be required to walk a short distance from the transfer vehicle to the boat.
•    You will cross the Zambezi River in a speedboat (approximately 5 minutes). The general public and heavy commercial traffic cross the river on state-operated ferries.
•    On the Botswana side of the river, you will be transferred in an open 4x4 game viewing vehicle branded African Odyssey to the Botswana immigration and customs hall. Every passenger is required to present themselves in person to the officials. Again scanning equipment will be encountered, however you may be required to complete manual declaration forms at either border should the computer systems be offline.
•    On the Botswana-side you will be required to step on a treated mat for foot and mouth disease control. The foot & mouth control is a regular occurrence and should be advised to guests as a matter of procedure. Please note that you will be required by Port Health at the Botswana border to disinfect your shoes before entering Botswana. With this in mind, we request that you carry ALL your shoes as hand luggage in a separate bag for the border crossing
•    Possible delays due to heavy truck congestion.
•    Have your passport and visa (or cash for visa) ready. Botswana does not process visas at the border without prior arrangement and they will only accept Botswana Pula (BWP) as payment
•    The best currency to carry is US Dollars 
•    Have some water and reading material nearby
•    Keep and eye on your belongings as this border is a busy one with a lot of foot traffic
•    When entering Botswana, we request that you carry ALL your shoes as hand luggage in a separate bag for the border crossing for foot & mouth disease control.

If you have crossed one of these borders with the help of the Wild Horizons team, please tell us about the experience by submitting a Travel Review on HERE.

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