VAT (Value Added Tax)

I've read conflicting information regarding the VAT (Value Added Tax) for both Victoria Falls and Livingstone on the Zambia side, can you help?

One sight I looked at says that no VAT taxes are added on the Zimbabwe side, if pre-paid before arrival, but is included if payment is made inside the country, and that VAT is paid in Zambia, irrespective. Another site says that in Zambia a 16% VAT is due
on accommodation and food, unless clients have a pre-booked package that includes activities to the value of 25% of the booking.

I wanted to book as few activities ahead of time as possible in order to leave myself more flexibility, but I'm not going to do that if I'm going to get taxed that much. Looking for clarity and advice. Thanks.

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Aug 20, 2011
by: Tony


Wow.. am not sure which sites have confused you, but they have certainly mis-informed you. If you are looking at accommodation and activities in Zimbabwe or Zambia the price you see will be inclusive of VAT.
All prices you see on this site are inclusive of VAT and they are the exact same prices that you will be charged whether you pre-book or whether you pay once you are in the country. Have a look at this page for Zimbabwe activity prices. Zambia prices are about 10% higher than the Zimbabwe prices.

The only thing that I can see maybe where someone is confused, is that Zimbabwe works on a two tier system whereby local Zimbabweans pay a lower price than international guests. These prices quoted to Zimbabweans are excluding VAT.

I hope that clears up the confusion

Pre-booking does have certain advantages like ensuring that you the activity is not fully booked, saves you having to carry cash as some operators don't accept credit cards, but it has no effect on the price.

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