Visiting Southern Africa

What to Pack:

  • Light clothes such as t-shirts and shorts for the day
  • Evenings may require long sleeved t-shirts and long pants, especially between May and October
  • 1 light windbreaker or bodywarmer (chilly early morning drives) and 1 warm jersey/sweater in winter
  • Swimming costume/suit
  • Good walking shoes and sandals/flip flops
  • Sun hat & sun glasses
  • Sun-lotion
  • Insect-repellent
  • Torch/Flash light
  • Binoculars
  • Camera plus spare battery & plenty of memory cards.
  • If you wear contact lenses, we recommend spare glasses
  • Make sure to bring any prescription medications you may require as they may not be readily available
  • Make sure when you go visit The Falls that you bring your passport because entry price may vary depending on your nationality.
  • Also, it would be a good idea if you bring a little plastic bag/zip lock bag to put your passport it so it doesn’t get wet from the mist of The Falls.

Be Prepared:

  • Insurance: Medical and Full comprehensive travel insurance is recommended which includes full trip cancellation cover.
  • Medical: Anti-malaria tablets and tetanus & hepatitus vaccination recommended (consult your doctor, pharmacist or travel clinic).

Money

Zimbabwe:

The local currency is USD but South African Rand is also accepted. It’s preferably to travel with USD because you are not given a favorable Rand exchange rate.

VISA/Mastercard often carry a 5% surcharge and are not always accepted. American Express and Diners Club NOT accepted.

The closest foreign exchange places available are in Livingstone, Zambia and Kasane, Botswana so make sure to travel with enough cash in USD.

There is one ATM in town at Barclay’s Bank which works in USD.

Zambia:

The local currency is Kwacha and USD is widely accepted.

There are bureau de changes available for converting currency which generally give a better rate than the banks.

VISA/Mastercard and Travellers Cheques often carry a 5% surcharge and are not always accepted. American Express and Diners Club NOT accepted.

Botswana:

  • The local currency is the Pula.
  • Major credit cards are accepted in most places but often carry a 5% surcharge.
  • Exchange bureaus can be found in town.

Credit card cash advances are available in major cities through Barclays Bank or Standard Chartered Bank. Cash transfers are easiest through Western Union money transfer. Please note that credit card cash is also available at First National Bank.

There are 5 commercial banks in the country, with brahcnes in major towns and many main villages: Barclays Bank of Botswana, Standard Chartered Bank, First National Bank, Stanbic Bank Botswana and Bank of Baroda.

HIV / AIDS

HIV / AIDS is a serious problem in Africa and condom use is highly recommended. Bringing a reliable brand with you on your travels is the best way to ensure your safety.

Safety

  1. Don’t walk around town with all your money and just take what you need.
  2. Keep your bag and cameras close at all times.
  3. Leave your important documents in a safe place and if you can, save a scanned copy in your email.
  4. Don’t walk alone at night or even better take a taxi.

Drugs

Drugs are illegal in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. If you are caught with any illegal substances you will get arrested. We also advise, under no circumstances, should you cross these borders with any drugs.

Tipping

People in the tourism industry aren’t normally well paid so if you believe you have gotten good service it is always greatly appreciated. The standard here is 10%.

Charity:

Although Africa is a beautiful continent it is also an incredibly poor continent. If you would like to give to the children of the area you are traveling then please take a look at the Pack for a Purpose website where they can give you ideas on things to bring over, such as school supplies, deflated soccer balls, bandaids and much more.

If the hotel or area you are staying in is not listed in the website then please contact your BookVictoriaFalls agent and we would be happy to assist you!
 

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