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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.
Getting to Livingstone
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.
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
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 also flies from Cape Town to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), but on Saturdays, Mondays, Thursdays 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 operates three times s week 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 from Sunday to Saturday 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, 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.
For more detail information on flight schedules, visit this Victoria Falls Flight schedule page.
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.
Rovos Rail through the wilderness
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.
Inside the Shongololo Express
Botswana Rail services links Gaborone (Botswana) with Victoria Falls via Bulawayo, they have regular trains that run between Francistown and Bulawayo.
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.
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.
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.
As of September 2018, there is a shortage of fuel in Victoria Falls. If you are driving from Botswana or Zambia, it's best to fill up in Kasane before crossing the Kazungula Border, or in Livingstone before crossing the Victoria Falls Bridge Border.
In South Africa and Botswana fuel stations accept all major credit and debit cards.
Zimbabwe has some strict requirements for vehicles entering the country, please read about these here Zimbabwe Vehicle Regulations.
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 daily bus 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 services the Johannesburg - Bulawayo route. To get to Victoria Falls, one would need to connect via a different bus company.
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. 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. Read Victoria Falls bus for more information.
The border post options available
Beitbridge Border Post - Between
Zimbabwe and South Africa.. Very Busy but efficient…Worth avoiding if you can.
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.