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Victoria Falls Destination Update
September 2022

What's happening? What's New?

It's been a slow but sure road to recovery here in Victoria Falls, as well as the surrounding areas of Chobe, Hwange and Livingstone. Covid-19 regulations have, for the most, part stayed the same since our last update, except for South Africa and Namibia scrapping entry requirements altogether. We hope the other Southern African countries will do the same soon, as we somewhat return to normalcy. In addition, Zimbabwe's minor border posts, such as Pandamatenga Border, are now open.

Covid-19 Regulations

Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Botswana are still requiring proof of full vaccination or presentation of a valid PCR certificate upon entry into their respective countries. However, in-country regulations, have been eased. In Zimbabwe, wearing of masks is no longer mandatory for those who are fully vaccinated. South Africa and Namibia no longer require visitors to present a PCR certificate or proof of vaccination. Children under the age of 12 years are still exempt from providing either of the documents.

Update 28 September: Botswana have removed Covid-19 entry requirements altogether.

Follow the links below for the different Covid-19 regulations by country:
Zimbabwe Covid-19 regulations
Zambia Covid-19 regulations
Botswana Covid-19 regulations

Activities Update

It's low water season now, and your favourite adrenaline activities on the Zambezi River are fully operational. White-water rafting during this season is at it's best, with full day trips starting at the Boiling Pot under the Falls, passing right under the Victoria Falls Bridge, down to the take-out point at rapid #19. Livingstone Island tours with a swim in the Devils Pool are also operational with the usual 5 trips a day.

The high speed adrenaline jetboat is back in full swing – a memorable adrenaline activity on the Zambezi River below the Victoria Falls. These trips will run up to some time in October when the water becomes too low, and will open back up in December.

The adrenaline high speed jetboat on the Zambezi River in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

High speed jetboat on the Zambezi River

We have updated information on the Lion Encounter activity, which combines an exciting lion feeding with a game drive on their private concession. As you may be aware, the Walk with Lions activity is no longer an option in Victoria Falls. Be sure to check out the video near the bottom of the Lion Encounter page.

The River Brewing Co. now offer tours of their microbrewery and restaurant. The tour options include the 'Pint & Paddle' (which comes with a beer and tasting paddle of a selection of craft beers and sodas) and 'Pint, Paddle & Plate' (which includes a beer, tasting paddle and The Brewer's Table dining experience). Curated tours can be arranged for larger or private groups.

The Brewery, as it is known locally, was established in 2017 and quickly became a favourite spot. On some nights, you may find live entertainment from Victoria Falls artists or artists from around different places around Zimbabwe.

The River Brewing Co.'s beer paddle

Flights

Since the exit of BA Comair, FastJet have increased frequency on their Johannesburg-Victoria Falls route. SA Airlink have introduced daily flights on the route. SA Airlink also fly the Cape Town-Victoria Falls route. For more on Flights to Victoria Falls and its surrounds, follow this link.

Ethiopian Airlines recently announced plans to begin flights to Bulawayo. These will be Bulawayo's second international flight, after Johannesburg.

Accommodation

Lokuthula Lodges and The Boma restaurant this year celebrate 30 years of service. Victoria Falls Safari Club turned 10 years in August. In the meantime, progress on the new Victoria Falls Safari Spa is steady and its expected to open this coming October.

The new villa at Victoria Falls River Lodge opened it's doors in July this year. It is an exclusive luxury villa along the Zambezi River within the Zambezi National Park. The villa is suitable for families, or group of friends who want a special private experience, complete with personal butler service (1 x butler per villa), and if booked for sole use, private transfers and lodge activities. We will update the website soon.

Iganyana Tented Camp in Hwange will soon open their Villa Iganyana - an 8-bed luxury Villa with private lounge and dining, on the same concession as the tented camp, along Dete Vlei. We will update with more information when we receive it. In the meantime, have a read on Iganyana Tented Camp.

Special Offers

There are still quite a few discounted rates valid till the end of the year, and some even through to March 2023. Check them out by following the links below:

Specials for Internationals
Specials for SADC Residents
Specials for Zimbabwe Residents


In case you missed our last destination update, please have a read on this page.

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