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Victoria Falls

It’s no doubt about it, anyone that’s been to “Mosi-oa-Tunya” as the locals call it “the Mist that Thunders” internationally better known as the Victoria Falls is one of the most beautiful water fall sights of the world. It’s situated on the Zambezi river in the west of Zimbabwe. Just a few miles outside Livingstone the falls are twice as tall as Niagara Falls, and several times more wide.

The big question is, on which side are the Victoria Falls situated, Zambia or Zimbabwe? The answer is Zimbabwe. Travelers coming in through Zambia have to purchase a visa ($30 US) and pay an entrance fee ($20 US). Further more you should keep in mind that there’s no ATM’s accepting foreign cards nearby the Victoria Falls, you should bring cash only. Prepare to pay in United States dollars or English Pounds only.

Not more than a few years ago, Victoria Falls town was a popular tourist destination for backpackers because of the clubs and parties. Today, because of the politically situation, most tourists prefer to stay at the Zambian side in Livingstone. How ever, the town of Victoria Falls is within walking distance, you can still find guest houses providing safe and comfortable accommodation. Although safety is not a major issue, be aware of scam artists. It’s not worth dealing money on the black market, you’re most likely either ripped off or arrested by tourist police.

Nearby and around the Victoria Falls there’s a lot of tourist activity and sightseeing that can be done. Think about a Zambezi river canoe safari, or bungee jumping off a bridge, take a helicopter or micro flight over the falls, experience a wild horizons elephant back safari or take it easy and go craft shopping at the local market, a full day trip to nearby Chobe or horse riding in African nature. Have your pick!

Nationals worldwide are required a valid passport and visa to enter Zimbabwe from the Harare International Airport. For more information regarding your visa contact the Zimbabwe embassy in your country. Travelers are advised to look after their belongings and don’t travel alone during evening or night time. Theft and petty crimes are common against tourists due to poverty.

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