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
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
Airlines which fly from Johannesburg to Livingstone, Zambia
Kulula air (British Airways), South African Airways
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
Kenya Airways flies from Cape Town to
on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and onwards to Nairobi.
Kenya Airways also flies from Cape Town to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe),
but on Saturdays and Mondays, and then onwards to Nairobi.
South African Airways now flies 6 days a week between Cape Town
and Victoria Falls - Sunday to Friday.
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 and Victoria
Falls. The Harare - Kariba - Victoria Falls triangle has been suspended til
further notice, as has the Victoria Falls - Bulawayo - Harare route. 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.
Flights From Windhoek and Maun to Victoria Falls
Air Namibia flies to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe on Sunday, Monday,
Friday. These flights go via Maun in Botswana for passengers wanting to connect
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
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
Victoria Falls Travel by
** Rail **
Regular train services no
longer run between South Africa and Victoria Falls no matter what you might read
in some Guide books.
There is however a luxury train service that travels
directly to Victoria Falls from South Africa which is the
Luxury Rovos Rail. This is
not a regular shuttle service but rather a holiday in itself. Cape Town
to Victoria falls takes about 6 days and I must say sounds absolutely
out of this world. Cost are not for the faint a hearted though.
The more affordable
Shongololo Express (managed by Rovos Rail) offers a long journey through Mozambique and
Swaziland from Pretoria to Victoria Falls, in 3-star luxury.
Botswana Rail services links Gaborone (Botswana) with Victoria Falls
via Bulawayo, they have regular trains that run between Francistown and
There is an overnight train from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls,
this is an option but it is certainly not luxurious. The trains are a bit run
down – but it is a unique African experience if you are up for it and is
perfectly safe, our son did it just the other day..
You will be able to buy your ticket to Victoria Falls from
the office at the station. You should be able to get one for the day you
want to travel. This ticket to Victoria Falls is fairly cheap with a first
class costing approximately $10.
The train station in Victoria Falls is right next to
Falls Hotel and the
Kingdom Hotel and less than a kilometre from the
There are three classes on this train – 1st,
2nd and economy class. 1st and 2nd class have bench seats that convert
into bunks. The only difference between 1st and 2nd class is there is three
and six beds in 2nd instead of two and four in 1st.
Travellers together will normally be put into a two bed berth but if you are
travelling on your own you may be put in with other travellers – normally of
the same sex. With the tickets being so cheap my advice to you would be to
buy two tickets and have a berth to yourself.
Bedding is normally provided but unfortunately there is no longer a
restaurant carriage. Economy does not have benches that convert into beds
and is your normal train seating arrangement.
This site also gives useful info in train services to Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls travel by ** Road **
Travelling to Victoria Falls by road is also an option. Fuel
is usually available, however some garages do run out so
always make sure you have enough to get to the next fuel point (be sure to
check up on our
NEWSFLASH page for up-to-date information). The price
does fluctuate as with fuel prices around the world. Don't forget to take
cash with your as most may not accept credit or debit cards.
Fuel is available from the garages in the Victoria Falls town
centre. If for some reason they have run out you may be able to source fuel
from one of the bulk suppliers in the industrial sites. (see
Zimbabwe has some strict requirements for vehicles entering
the country, please read about these here
Zimbabwe Vehicle Regulations
In South Africa and Botswana fuel stations accept all major
credit and debit cards.
The major roads in Zimbabwe are
still in good condition and are perfectly acceptable to drive on. Traffic around
the major centres like Harare and Bulawayo is nowadays quite congested.
The Greyhound bus company operates a
service between Johannesburg and Harare via Beitbridge and Masvingo, as well
as a route between Johannesburg and Bulawayo.
The departure times vary depending on whether its weekday or weekend. In
Johannesburg, you will find their booking offices at Parktown Station
(Johannesburg) or you
can book online on www.greyhound.co.za.
The Intercape-Pathfinder bus no longer services the Victoria Falls - Bulawayo route.
For those who just want to get from point A to
point B, there are cheap buses that travel daily, leaving in the morning as well
as in the evening between Victoria Falls and Harare, passing through Bulawayo
and the smaller towns in between. Please note that they do not stop at Hwange
Safari Lodge (you will need to make alternative arrangements for this trip -
contact us). These are not luxury
buses, and they do not offer any extra amenities, except some music or a movie.
They will make a few short stops along the way for recess and for passengers to
get a bite to eat.
Extra City coaches leave Harare in the morning
from 5am, and in the late afternoon (check-in by 4pm, depart at 5pm) and there
are usually at least two buses that leave their bus depot. From Victoria Falls,
they leave the main bus terminus in Chinotimba from 8pm til 11pm. Booking this
bus is about $30 (depending on the season), and should be done in person at the
Harare depot or Victoria Falls terminus at least an hour before departure. They
do tend to get full and fast, so the earlier you make your booking, the better.
For additional schedules, routes and contact details, visit the
Extra City website.
Bravo coaches only leave Harare at 5:45am. From
the Vic Falls terminus, they leave at 11pm. They also go three times a week
between Musina (South Africa) and Victoria Falls (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday),
passing through Bulawayo. Bravo Tours have two coaches that service a daily
Bulawayo - Johannesburg - Bulawayo trip. For more on their times and schedules,
visit the Bravo Tours website.
The border post options available
Beitbridge Border Post - Between
Zimbabwe and South Africa.. Very Busy but efficient…Worth avoiding if you can.
Border Post – Between Botswana and Zimbabwe ..Mostly quiet and efficient,
although still best to arrive early morning or late afternoon.. My choice of
preference, as long as fuel is available as you still have a long way to go to
get to the Falls.
Pandamatenga Border Post- Between Botswana and
Zimbabwe.. Very quiet but efficient…once when we came through here at about 3
o’clock in the afternoon we were the only vehicle that had been through that day
and we had to wake up the customs officials. The road on the Zimbabwe side for
about 80 kilometres is dirt and is quite tough going, on the map it looks like a
short cut but in reality it is not.
Kazungula Border Post – Between
Botswana and Zimbabwe.. Moderately busy but efficient. This is only 70
Kilometres from the Falls so is an ideal place to refuel and shop for supplies.
Victoria Falls Bridge – Between Zambia and Zimbabwe… Busy and moderately
efficient. Essential for getting into Zambia to do activities on that side or
visa versa. Ideal for refuelling when required.