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    Default Kasane to Victoria Falls - day trip

    Hi,
    I will be spending three nights camping at Chobe Safari Lodge and we would like to do a day trip to Victoria Falls.
    I read that the easiest way is to book a day trip with one of the agencies in Kasane. I would like to ask you some questions with regard to that:

    - What do these day trips include? We don't like very much travelling with a guide and a group of tourists. Is it like this?

    - Is it possible to book the transfers only?

    - Also, we would like to do a helicopter flight over the falls. Any recommendations? Should I book that in advance?

    - If we leave our car in the campsite, do we need to pack up the tent in the morning of our day trip or can we leave it all set up?

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    You can book only transfers, the rest you do on your won. (it's actually the standard procedure)
    Helicopter flight should be booked in advance, you might find them busy if you have limited time.
    Open tents:
    If there are baboons around I would rather close it. If not, maybe talk to the guard.
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    Day trips are the way to go,quite costly if I can remember about R1000 a head for adults.No you are not bound to them once you arrive in Vic Falls,they drop you off at a hotel and meet you again at a given time.You can walk to most of the sites or just catch a local taxi,they are good there ,but costly again ,everything is in $$$ remember.You can book a flight when you get to the Falls.

    No you do not have to take your tent down when you go to the Falls,except if it is your last day of course,just do not leave anything outside,the baboons and mokeys will bankrupt you badly there. Make sure you zip and close everything.

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    We used the day trip at Water Lilly Lodge. It included:

    - Transfer to the falls
    - The guide assisted with the process of getting into the falls, then picked us up 2 hours later.
    - off to the Zim/Zambia border post, here we walked the bridge into the no-mans land between the two countries ...
    - lunch ..
    - the guide then took us the "old tree"
    - finally the guide took us to the Victoria hotel


    I am convinced we would have missed out on a LOT if we did a self drive, or transfer only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisF View Post
    We used the day trip at Water Lilly Lodge. It included:
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    How much was it?

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    P 1 000 for two people for the "trip", this excluded entry to the Falls and lunch.

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    Wow, I find it very costly! How much is the entry to the Falls?
    Do you think there is time to fit a helicopter flight over the falls with this day trips?

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    Entry to the falls is US$30pp for internationals (Europe, USA etc) and US$20pp for regionals (SA, Bots, Namibia). Fitting in a helicopter flight is easily done, they only last 15 mins

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    For the two of us it was well worth the P1000.


    Dont forget the road taxes when self driving.

    Just too many horror stories of "road blocks" in Zim ....

    Know a guy that did the self drive thing, parked outside the Falls and got back to find his vehicle "cleaned out" !! In plain sight, but nobody saw anything ....



    I KNOW for each person that prefers the "day trip" there are 2 more that have done the self drive with no issues ..... In the end it is personal preferance. Next time I will again do the day trip - it works for us.


    hey, at least you now have the information and can decide for yourself.


    either way, ENJOY it !

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    Previously we did the self drive. Roadblocks were there, but police were polite and no hassles, neither going nor coming back. This time we are going to go on one of the transfers. Works out about the same for two people, plus no worries. Will let you know how it went.
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    Yes, thanks a lot for your info! We will probably end up doing the day trip for convenience. I will look into different tour operators.

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    Speak to reception at the lodge and let them organise it for you. They know the best operators. We did it as a day trip in the guide's car - he smoothed everything and was very informative. Dropped us at the falls and fetched us at an agreed time. The "hassle free" is worth every penny.

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    We use Simo and pay him about P360 pp from Kasane to Vicfalls. Nice, very nice

    his no is 00267 72537162 or look at armbushsafaris.com
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    Thank you both!
    Witklipbank, what did your day trip include? Was P360 just for the one-way trip?

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    What is the best currency to take to Vic Falls , US or Pula?

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    US, Puls, N$, even SA Rands


    NO coins. They only accept notes, and dont expect any change ... take 10, and 20's along ....


    45 weeks back it was about R9 to $1 ..... in Zim it was easy: R10 / P10 / N$10 = $1 ..... wonder what they do now ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by witklipbank View Post
    We use Simo and pay him about P360 pp from Kasane to Vicfalls. Nice, very nice

    his no is 00267 72537162 or look at armbushsafaris.com
    Quote Originally Posted by oconee View Post
    Thank you both!
    Witklipbank, what did your day trip include? Was P360 just for the one-way trip?
    No, he pick us up at Kasane, then Vic falls and all the way back to Kasane.

    Good value for money
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    I will contact him. Thanks!

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    Simo is now P400 per person. Used him and no problems. Well worth the hassle free journey

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    A question for the "internationals" who used a tour operator to go to Vic Falls for the day, from Kasane. Did you get your Zim visa at the border, or prior to in your home country? If at the border, how long does it take?
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