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Victoria Falls

Hi, I am planning a trip to south Africa and thinking about flying to Victoria Falls for a couple of days. Is it worth it? I would really love to see it, but am a bit afraid that the tourism will put me off while I am there. Any tips on what to do? (I like to hike, kayak, rafting...) I looked for some inexpensive tours on the internet but did'nt find any... Thanks Amber
12 years ago, August 20th 2007 No: 1 Msg: #18261  
Hi, I am planning a trip to south Africa and thinking about flying to Victoria Falls for a couple of days. Is it worth it? I would really love to see it, but am a bit afraid that the tourism will put me off while I am there. Any tips on what to do? (I like to hike, kayak, rafting...) I looked for some inexpensive tours on the internet but did\\\\\\\'nt find any...

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12 years ago, August 26th 2007 No: 2 Msg: #18497  
Amber you should definetely not miss the chance to see Vic. Falls atleast once in your lifetime. There are loads of "local" companies in the Vic. Falls area that cater to backpackers and budget travellers. Rafting, hiking, bungy cording are all options in the Vict. Falls area. Great rafting on the bottom of the falls. I was there a couple years ago and had a blast, I am so glad I got to experience that part of the world. You will be amazed by the falls itself. I dont know your budget but try to check out the SprayView Hotel (I know not a hostel but...) its inexpensive and very good quality place to stay at. You can find them at http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/SprayviewHotel-VictoriaFalls-5061 so go take a look at the prices. Anyway I hope you have a great time if you decide to go. Let me know.

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12 years ago, August 28th 2007 No: 3 Msg: #18573  
Hi Amber, i'm a tour operator in south africa. The only tour to the vic falls we can offer at the moment is a luxury train trip from sa to the vic falls Unfortunately i can't help you with an inexpensive tour but try one of the following operators. www.maplanga.co.za or river adventures at www.rafting.co.za. Vic falls is an awsome sight, you must make a plan to see it.
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12 years ago, September 8th 2007 No: 4 Msg: #19137  

11 years ago, September 18th 2007 No: 5 Msg: #19626  
Hi, Vic Falls are really one of the impressive places in the world. But think about Zimbabwe has a lot of problems. I´ve been there in August 07. It´s hard to buy anything to eat or drink, somethimes there is nothing. The supermarkets are empty!!!!! In restaurants they have a menue, but often only one or two things to eat. You need a lot of US-Dollars (best one-dollar-notes) for paying. Zim-Dollars aren´t worth the paper. The best payment are shoes or clothes. Everywhere are secret policemen and you never should mention "Mukabe"- this will bring you into prison for at least 21 days, wear camoflage-clothes (also prison) or say something political.
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11 years ago, September 18th 2007 No: 6 Msg: #19627  
I've decided to go to the zambian side of the Victoria falls (Livingstone). This seemed with regard to the practical and political problems in Zimbabwe the easiest thing to do. Reply to this

11 years ago, October 31st 2007 No: 7 Msg: #21786  
Livingstone Zambia is not as clean as the town Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. I have just returned from a most wonderful trip there. Was in both countries, you will like it, but Zambia, Livingstone is not as nice as Vic.Falls, Zimbabwe. The Kingdom Hotel was wonderful, you are so close the falls could keep you awake they are so loud. There are lots of smaller more economical campgrounds and lodges, and all the lesser lodges are better than most I have stayed at on the Hollywood or Los vegas strip. The Zimbabwe country does have its problems, and there, in Vic Falls, it is mostly hunger and poverty. The industry is elsewhere and there is the politcal termoils you want to stay clear of. The locals say, "a few people get into trouble, the media makes it sound like it is the the whole country". (If I read the LA times looking to go to Disneyland, I would not come to US either) Victoria falls and the surrounding area is tourist country, you are treated like kings and queens and they will go way out of their way to make you happy. Anyone who wants to see Vic Falls I would suggest to stay in Victory Falls Zimbabwe before Livingstone. I have lots more to say if anyone is interested. ..................zjanez Reply to this

8 years ago, September 22nd 2010 No: 8 Msg: #119502  
Hi Amber
Maybe my recommendation is a bit late for you, but others who are planning to visit Victoria Falls, should definitly do that. This is the place for adventurus people. I have survived the white water rafting twice and I am looking forward a third time. You can do a lot of activities in Victoria Falls, like Absailing, Angling, Bungi Jumping, Bush Walks, Canoe Safaris, Croc Farm Tour, Golf, etc. When you are planning a visit you have to stay there for at least 5 - 7 days. I can recommend you to have a look at for accommodations and some arial photos over the Falls.
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8 years ago, September 29th 2010 No: 9 Msg: #119961  
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I went to Victoria falls last year along with my family and i had a great experience.I went to the Zambia side of water falls. I suggest you to fly to the Kruger National park from Victoria falls.

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8 years ago, November 17th 2010 No: 10 Msg: #123168  
I have experience of white water rafting at Victoria Falls. It was amazing rafting experience. The rigid slopes were surely challenging. It is a great feeling to get success in this challenging activity.
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8 years ago, November 22nd 2010 No: 11 Msg: #123418  
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Victoria Falls is a great town. It's very touristy and you'll have to use US dollars, but there are plenty of functioning banks, a couple of ATMs some fast food.

Shoestrings is a great place to stay and is just up the road from the places where you can book your tours, rafting, bungee, etc.

Victoria Falls is one of the better towns in Southern Africa for tourists, outside of RSA.

You'll love it. Try a sunset cruise too. Reply to this

8 years ago, November 25th 2010 No: 12 Msg: #123694  
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I was there in September, totally worth it. The thing most worth doing though can't be arranged by a tour company. If you're going from the Zambia side, inside near the enterance you will find some locals offering to guide you to Angel's Armchair and Devil's Pool. These things should not be missed. It's not dangerous when the water is low, and relatively easy to get to, though you do have to walk through the water near where it all goes crashing over the edge. You can look those two places up on YouTube to see exactly what it is and why it's so worth doing. The best part is it gets you away from all the other tourists. Just make sure you negotiate your price before you start the trek.

I've heard it can be done from the Zimbabwe side too, but I didn't look into it when I was there since I already did it in Zambia. Reply to this

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