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Victoria Falls Travel

How to get there? is one of the most common questions we are asked, we hope to shed some light on this below...

The three major access options to Victoria Falls are quite obviously Air, Rail and Road we have broken them down into these sections below.

Click on this link Vic Falls travel questions for commonly asked travel questions.

Victoria Falls Travel by ** Air **

Victoria Falls Town (Zimbabwe) and Livingstone Town (Zambia) both have international airports. These are serviced by several flights a day from various destinations.

We will deal individually with the major routes below:

Flights from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls

There are two choices here, you can either fly into Victoria Falls airport (Zimbabwe) or Livingstone airport (Zambia). This is an important initial decision to make as it affects many things.

If you are unsure as to which country to stay in please visit this page Zimbabwe or Zambia it should help you to make a decision.

Flights into Zambia are sometimes cheaper than the flights into Zimbabwe, however higher prices for accommodation and activities, can balance the sums.

If you opt to stay in Zimbabwe, then of course if you fly into Zimbabwe direct there is no problem, you might need a visa (check here) which is given to you at the airport and then catch your transfer into town (22kms). The time this process takes all depends on how full the flight is, so at peak times of year with full aircraft it can take a couple of hours to clear customs and catch your bus into town, in quieter times this can be done in under an hour, so just bear this in mind when booking any activities on the afternoon you arrive. Generally there is sufficient time for a sunset cruise or a helicopter flight.

Airlines which fly from Johannesburg to Livingstone, Zambia

Kulula air (British Airways), South African Airways, Qatar

Airlines which fly from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

British Airways, South Africa Airways, Air Zimbabwe, fastjet (via Harare)

Airlines which fly from Nelspruit to Livingstone, Zambia

South African Airways

Flights from Cape Town to Victoria Falls

Only Kenya Airways flies from Cape Town to Livingstone at the moment, but more airlines will be joining this route soon - Kenya Airways from Cape Town to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), and South African Airways (Airlink) on the same route.

It is interesting to note that flight prices are very erratic across all the airlines. Highly expensive one day and then quite cheap the next. You can search all the major airlines and get the best prices available by using the Travel Start search engine below. Its really good actually, we use it all the time for our bookings.

Flights from Addis Ababa to Victoria Falls

Ethiopian Airways fly direct from Addis Ababa to Victoria Falls Airport. The airline flies into Victoria Falls from Addis on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and then flies back out on the same days via Gaborone (Botswana) on this route. Ethiopian Airways links guests to 85 destinations around the world.

Flights from Harare to Victoria Falls

Air Zimbabwe operate a daily flight between Harare, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls. They also operate the Harare, Kariba and Victoria Falls triangle three times a week. For updates on the flight schedule see our Important Newsflash section.

The only other real alternative is to fly via one of the air charter companies who service this route, they are Wilderness Air, Executive Air and Halstead Air. A Harare to Victoria Falls flight will cost in the region of US$250 to US$350.

fastjet flies between Harare and Victoria Falls. They are a Tanzania-based low cost airline who have expanded rapidly to service a few southern African destinations, linking the region with east Africa. fastjet fly on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday afternoons both ways between Harare and Victoria Falls.

Rainbow Airlines (one of the newer Zimbabwean airlines) fly on Saturdays only between Harare and Victoria Falls.

Flights From Windhoek and Maun to Victoria Falls

Air Namibia flies to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. These flights go via Maun in Botswana for passengers wanting to connect from there.

For research on all these destinations use Travel Start search engine above, it makes life a lot simpler.

See our Getting Around Page on the best way to get from the Airports into town.

Flights from Lusaka to Livingstone

Proflight Zambia is the only airline to operate scheduled flights on this route, see their website to check flights and make a reservation. There have been concerns about the baggage allowance on these flights, again see their website for the correct details Baggage allowance.

Try this useful Distance Calculator to help plan your trip

Please read these Victoria Falls Travel Reviews from other travellers who have just been there.

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