Victoria Falls for two days in November


Thanks you for your wonderful site, it is by far the best we have come across in planning our trip!
We are two couples from Northern CA (San Rafael and Pebble Beach) on a 17 day private tour set up by a travel agency in the US. In Victoria Falls we want to see the Moonbow on Nov 5, weather permitting, and would like to do the Chobe day trip on Nov 6. We are staying at Ilala Lodge.

Our agency has much higher prices for activities than anyone else and we were hoping to book through you and ask your advice on a couple of issues.
Re Moonbow: Is it best to enter from Zimbabwe or Zambia? Should we have someone take us or just go on our own? What time does one go to see the Moonbow?

We are told there are no ATMs for cash in Victoria Falls but find some web pages that say there are ATMs. We have also been told that credit cards are only accepted at the larger hotels and a few restaurants. Is this so? Other than paying in advance for the above activities how much US$ do you think a person needs for two days?

Do you recommend the Chobe trip? Our travel agency thinks we might be disappointed after having been to Cheetah Plains at Kruger. We will also be going to Little Makalolo after Victoria Falls but we think it sound like a great trip and a chance to be on the water.

Any input would be greatly appreciated, we are so excited about coming to Africa!

Sari and Roger
Donna and Tim

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Sep 19, 2014
Advice about visiting Victoria Falls
by: Tony

Dear Sari and Roger, Donna and Tim

Thank you for the compliments regarding our site, much appreciated.

Sounds like a wonderful trip, we would be glad to help you make some bookings for activities.
In November the water flow on the Zambian side will be very dry almost non existant so I would recommend doing the lunar tour from the Zimbabwean side.
With the lunar rainbow tour as this is done at night it is led by a National Parks guide whether you go on your own or with an organised tour. The only advantage of an organised tour is that they will pick you up and drop you at your hotel and seeing as though you are staying at Ilala there does not seem much point in this as Ilala is only about a 5 minute walk from the Falls, having said that walking around at night is not that advisable because of wild animals but you could catch a taxi which will cost you about $5. If it were me I wouldn't waste the money on an organised tour, I would just make my way down to the entrance gate pay your entrance fee and go with the national parks guide.

There ARE ATM's in Vic Falls and US$ are dispensed, I don't know who puts out wrong information that there is none. More and more places are now accepting card payments, but there are still some places that don't or maybe the machines not working at the time so it is always advisable to have some cash on you. National park fees for activities also need to be paid in Cash as do you visa's upon entry into the country. You might need some money for buying curios and tips.
If you have prepaid for all you activities I don't think you would need more than $400 per couple this would include paying for your visas. If you run short you can go to the ATM, the Barclays one is not even 50m from Ilala.
I don't think you would be dissapointed with Chobe because it's pretty hard to beat but as you are doing lots of other game viewing in Kruger and Hwange I would agree with your tarvel company and not do the Chobe day trip. You have such little time in the Falls I would rather recommend doing some of the activities available more locally. The Chobe Day trip involves an hour and a half transfer each way with another border crossing, so its quite a hassle - worth doing if it's your only game viewing opportunity but not if you have been doing lots elsewhere.
There lots of things you can do here which can included getting out onto the river, like canoe trips or morning, lunch or dinner cruises. A game drive or walk in the Zambezi National Park is also nice and right here no need to travel to far. The Livingstone island tour is also I think a must do. We can help you to decide what else to do, if you just email us at we will send you a full list of activities available.

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