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Victoria Falls Extension

Zimbabwe - Trip code VFE
Days 4
Deposit From US$46
Price from US$460
Flights not included
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Why book this trip?

Spend three nights in the town of Victoria Falls, the adventure capital of Africa, and witness the thundering 'Smoke that Thunders' Victoria Falls. This standalone short break has been designed as a pre or post extension to any of Explore's Southern Africa trips, taking advantage of the region's excellent flight network. Book land only or with the connecting flights, please contact us to discuss availability and prices.

  • Victoria Falls - Half day guided visit to the giant waterfall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Zambezi National Park - An opportunity to take a guided game drive in search of wildlife
  • Relax - Take a few days to rest at a lodge on the bank of the mighty Zambezi River
  • Included meals

    Breakfast: 4

  • Trip staff

    Local Guide(s)

  • Transport

    Bus

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    Accommodation

    3 nights comfortable lodge

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    Trip pace:

    Relaxed

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Join Trip in Victoria Falls

Join trip in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Upon arrival a local representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel on a shared transfer. On arrival you'll be provided with a pack specifying timings of your Victoria Falls tour for tomorrow and other useful information. The town, whilst specifically built due to its proximity to the falls has a certain charm and is full of restaurants, bars and shops and is known as the adventure capital of Southern Africa. There are no included activities today so depending on your arrival time you may choose to explore the town, which is easy to navigate on foot, or just have a quiet evening at the hotel to enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

Please note, this extension is unescorted and there is not an Explore leader.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Lodge

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 2 - Guided tour of Victoria Falls

This morning you will be picked up by a local guide and taken on a tour of Victoria Falls. The thundering cascades of Victoria Falls is one of the planet's most spectacular natural wonders. Known by the indigenous people as Mosi-oa-Tunya, this local name translates to 'the smoke that thunders' and it will be easy to see why on arrival. The falls of the Zambezi River plummet over a sheer cliff wall that spans more than 1676m, dropping some 100m into the abyss below. During the tour your guide will talk through the importance of the falls to the local community and the history of David Livingstone 'discovering' the area.

This afternoon is free to explore the local markets and a great chance to try the Zimbabwean staple, sadza, a maize based dish often accompanied by a meat, vegetable or peanut stew. You may also wish to visit the office of Wild Horizons in town or their desk in the hotel to book an adventure activity in advance of your free day tomorrow. A full list of activities available is in the optional activities section of your trip notes.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Lodge

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 3 - Free day to explore town or join an adventure activity

Victoria Falls offers a vast array of choice when it comes to choosing an activity to enjoy during this free day. For the more adventurous explorers, white water rafting on the Zambezi River is an adrenaline rush like no other! More cultural, local experiences are also available and Wild Horizons will be able to offer advice on all listed excursions.

Please note, we ask our customers to avoid both elephant back riding experiences and walking with lions. Although often advertised as responsible or good for conservation, there is significant evidence that both of the aforementioned activities contribute to canned hunting, have no conservation benefit and are bad for the animal's welfare.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Lodge

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 4 - Trip ends in Victoria Falls

The trip ends today and you will be collected by a shared transfer returning to Victoria Falls airport to meet your onward flight.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Trip information

Country information

Zimbabwe

Climate

Zimbabwe has a moderate climate, in the summer months (November to April) you can expect highs of 30 C° and lows of 20 C°. The wet season is from November to May when the days are typically dry and sunny with afternoon/evening thunderstorms. The best time for game viewing is September to October when days are dry and the temperatures are still relatively cool.

Time difference to GMT

+2

Plugs

2 Pin Round

Religion

Christian

Language

English

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.



Please note: These activities are booked and paid for directly with Wild Horizons and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract. The excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations.

Activities in Zimbabwe:
Whitewater rafting half day US$120 pp, (dependent on water levels). Choose between an oar boat (only the guide paddles) or paddle boat (you paddle too) as you raft along the grade 5 rapids of the Zambezi River. Morning departures only, duration 7hrs.

Upper Zambezi canoeing half day US$160 pp. Follow a qualified canoe guide as you paddle approx. 18km downstream on the Zambezi River. Morning departures only, duration 7hrs.

Zambezi river cruises sunset US$53 pp. Experience the river at sunset from a cruise boat, with the possibility of seeing a variety of animals and birds as the sunsets. Daily departures from. 4pm for 2 hrs, snacks are provided.

Sunset & dinner US$ 75 pp. Enjoy a 3 course meal as the sun sets and the wildlife settle in for the evening as you cruise along the Zambezi River. Departs daily from 4pm for 2.5hrs.

Helicopter for 25 mins flight US$290 pp (+ US10pp park fees). View the Batoka Gorge and Zambezi River from the skies including flying over Vic Falls and game viewing along the way over Zambezi National Park. Daily departures throughout the day (dependant on weather).

Game drives US$85pp (including US$15 pp park fees) for 3 hours. Join a qualified guide as you explore the Zambezi National Park, looking for wildlife and discovering the bush. Departures are daily, in the morning pick up 6am and afternoon pick up 3pm.

Cultural village tour US$61 pp (including transfers). Gain an insight into Zimbabwean rural life from home life to farming tasks and meet the village chief. Departures are daily, in the morning and afternoon for duration of 2.5hrs.

Please note that all activities are dependent on availability and local prices can change.

Clothing

Clothing should be lightweight, however a warm fleece and jumper/thick shirts are essential, as nights (and daytime) can be cold, especially from May to September, and game drives tend to take place at dawn and dusk. A waterproof and windproof jacket is recommended during these months. Please note that brightly coloured clothing is not suitable for game viewing. Don't forget your swimming costume!

Footwear

Lightweight trail boots or robust trainers with a good grip, and sandals.

Luggage

20kg

Luggage: On tour

One main piece of baggage (a kitbag or soft holdall) plus daypack.

Equipment

We advise you bring a water bottle, sunhat, sunglasses and high factor sunscreen. Binoculars are essential for game viewing and a 300mm lens is recommended for photography.

Tipping

Local crew
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognised part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided.

Zimbabwe

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch price
£9.00
Dinner price
£15.00
Beer price
£2.00
Water price
£0.80
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Bring new and undamaged US Dollar in small denominations. The Zimbabwean Dollar is legal tender.
Recommended Currency For Exchange
US Dollars
Where To Exchange
Your Tour Leader or local rep can advise on exchange arrangements, which may be limited.
ATM Availability
Please note that currently cash cannot be withdrawn with international bank cards.
Credit Card Acceptance
Not widely accepted, though can be used to pay for optional excursions directly with the local operator. Please do not rely on credit or debit cards for anything else.
Travellers Cheques
Travellers cheques are not being accepted by banks in Zimbabwe.
Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bus

Zimbabwe

Food and drink

Dietary requirements: Most restaurants and hotels in Zimbabwe do not have a wide selection of vegan and vegetarian choices. There is usually a choice of salads and one main vegetarian and/or vegan main dish on the menus, but choice will be limited especially in more remote locations. If you have specific dietary requirements we do recommend for you to bring some food with you.

Essential Information

FCO Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
 

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa and Passport Information

Zimbabwe: Visas are required by UK, Republic of Ireland, Canadian, US, Australian and New Zealand citizens. These can be arranged on arrival for the current cost of 35GBP. If you are arranging your visa on arrival, please bring small notes with you as immigration officers may not be able to provide change. All passports must have at least 6 months validity remaining on entry and also have three blank pages.
Other nationalities should consult the relevant consulate.

Travelling with Minors via South Africa (including transits):
Regulations affecting all children aged under 18 years that are travelling to, from or via South Africa are in place. The law states that parents and/or guardians are requested by the airline and/or South Africa immigration officers to provide additional documentation for each child they are travelling with. Please directly contact South African House and your airline for full requirements.
Please refer to the FCO website for information on travelling with minors to Botswana: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/botswana/entry-requirements.

When travelling via South Africa a machine readable passport is required. All nationalities should consult their local South African embassy or consular office for any visa requirements.

All visa information is subject to change. You should confirm all visa related questions with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.


If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may be able to apply through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
 

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both.

The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

Ability to swim

An ability to swim is essential for your safe enjoyment of the water based activities on this trip. If you wish to participate in these activities then we insist that you are able to swim.

Zimbabwe

Vaccinations

Please note that all travellers aged over 9 months old that have travelled from or have transited via a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission, will need to present a Yellow Fever certificate at immigration/borders in Zimbabwe for inspection. We recommend protection against hepatitis A, tetanus and typhoid. Consult your travel clinic for latest advice on different prophylaxis available against malaria. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

A'Zambezi River Lodge
This trip has been created to stay in A'Zambezi River Lodge in en-suite river facing rooms with air-conditioning. The lodge has a swimming pool and two restaurants. It is a few kilometres out of town but the only hotel in the area with a Zambezi River frontage. If A'Zambezi is not available on your chosen departure dates we will find a suitable alternative property. 

Why book this trip

The falls are impressive all year round however views drastically change depending on the time of year. The dry season is October - early December and that is when the volume of water is at its lowest, this means that visibility of the falls is clear (as there is no spray), though some might be disappointed by the lack of falling water. The water levels are at their highest from February - April, whilst this means an incredible amount of water is passing over the falls, it does mean that there is a huge amount of spray, making visibility more difficult (unless you take a flight over the falls). The rest of the year visibility is good which offer fantastic views.

Dates, prices and booking

All trips are subject to availability and prices are subject to change
Tue 1 Jan 2019 - Tue 31 Dec 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. A solo traveller supplement applies, contact us for prices.
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US$460
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Single room (optional)
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+US$180
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both. The exception to this rule are customers who are booked on a trip where the joining and/or ending point is the airport or station. In this particular case there will be a specific time provided for when the trip starts and ends. On these particular trips, only one arrival and departure transfer will generally be provided for the whole group. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Victoria Falls
Time and place
1:00 PM at
Ending Point
Town
Victoria Falls
Time
9:00 AM
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.

Add a flight

We offer a wide range of flexible flight options including convenient regional airports. Book flights with us and your trip will be ATOL protected for your peace of mind. 

ATOL logoATOL Protection
A flight inclusive package will be financially protected under ATOL 2595 held by Explore Worldwide Limited.

 


Wed 1 Jan 2020 - Thu 31 Dec 2020 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. A solo traveller supplement applies, contact us for prices.
VFE_2020
US$550
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Single room (optional)
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+US$210
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both. The exception to this rule are customers who are booked on a trip where the joining and/or ending point is the airport or station. In this particular case there will be a specific time provided for when the trip starts and ends. On these particular trips, only one arrival and departure transfer will generally be provided for the whole group. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Victoria Falls
Time and place
1:00 PM at
Ending Point
Town
Victoria Falls
Time
9:00 AM
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.

Add a flight

We offer a wide range of flexible flight options including convenient regional airports. Book flights with us and your trip will be ATOL protected for your peace of mind. 

ATOL logoATOL Protection
A flight inclusive package will be financially protected under ATOL 2595 held by Explore Worldwide Limited.

 


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