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Old 06-06-13, 10:45 AM
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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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Old 06-06-13, 10:50 AM
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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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Old 06-06-13, 10:54 AM
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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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Old 06-06-13, 11:56 AM
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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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We used the day trip at Water Lilly Lodge. It included:
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How much was it?
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Old 06-06-13, 02:58 PM
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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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Old 06-06-13, 06:11 PM
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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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Old 06-06-13, 07:04 PM
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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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Old 06-06-13, 07:21 PM
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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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Old 06-06-13, 08:03 PM
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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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Old 07-06-13, 08:19 AM
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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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Old 07-06-13, 01:20 PM
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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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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?
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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Old 15-06-13, 06:04 PM
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South Africans dont need Visas for neighbouring countries.

Hopefully one of the international visitors can assist you.
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Hi JNB2YVR,

We passed that borderpost already 3 times as internationals from Europe. Always filled in our visa's at the desk of the office. Passing through was every time within 30 min.

One year it was very busy with some 25 cars with german tourist passing through. We were at the back of a long que with many papers for cars and people. We asked our driver if he had creative options to speed things up. Within 5 minutes we were through! Asking him afterwards how much that costed (us), he replyed smiling: 'I told them that your parents have died in a crash and that you urgently need to catch the next plain in 15 minutes from Vic Falls'!?
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We passed that borderpost already 3 times as internationals from Europe. Always filled in our visa's at the desk of the office. Passing through was every time within 30 min.
Perfect! Exactly the info I needed. Thanks.

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...Asking him afterwards how much that costed (us), he replyed smiling: 'I told them that your parents have died in a crash and that you urgently need to catch the next plain in 15 minutes from Vic Falls'!?

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European tourist visas are easy. Try and find out from an embassy so you don't get turned back at the border.

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Hi, I contacted several agencies offering day trips to Victoria Falls from Kasane, and I am surprised to see that the prices differ enormously in pulas and in USD.
One of the agencies, for instance, sent me their rates of 545 pula or 90 USD for a day trip.
The official change would be 545 pula = 63 USD. Do you know why is there such a difference? The same happens with Chobe Riverfront boat cruises.

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Subscribed to this thread! (will be making a day trip to Vic Falls too in late September).

One more question from me - is it safe to leave a car unattended for extended period in Kasane? Are there any guarded parkings? While on the trip most of our stuff will be left inside the car (including some valuable photo gear), so we'd like to have as much peace of mind as possible.
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The best way in Botswana is to withdraw Pulas from ATM's and to pay everything in Pulas...
Paying in USD or EUR is a rip-off.
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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.
We made use of Kalrose Tours. Willie +26771615519 (Real name Muletwa Chirema). He does the transfer and guided tour, arranges bungee jump, helicopter flip and personalised T-shirts.
We had a great time with him. Saw places we never would have ventured into on our own. No hassles at the roadblocks and you spend a full day there. If I had to go again I would make use of him or a similar local guide. The peace of mind is worth the extra cost.

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Mistral pop in at Water Lilly Lodge - book for their day trip to Vic Falls.


P500 per person.

My boss did this trip last week, in his own vehicle - just the border fees for the day was R 700 !!


That P 1 000 we paid for the two of us was a BARGAIN !!


And you can park your vehicle at Water Lilly Lodge while on the tour - right next to the security gaurd.
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The best way in Botswana is to withdraw Pulas from ATM's and to pay everything in Pulas...
Paying in USD or EUR is a rip-off.
Hi,

Or pay a visit to the first reputable bank you find in Kasane and exchange your US $ cash into BWP at the official rate.

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At Senyati last week my children pay P400 per person for Vic Falls. They pick them up there and drop them the afternoon.

At most of the places in Kasane they offer it.

Just shop around and you will find a good deal. Also the boattrips. Most of them ask p220 and it includes the parkfee.

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We passed that borderpost already 3 times as internationals from Europe. Always filled in our visa's at the desk of the office. Passing through was every time within 30 min.
Do you remember what is the cost of visa at the border for Europeans? I assume that most reasonable currency to pay the fees is USD?
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Do you remember what is the cost of visa at the border for Europeans? I assume that most reasonable currency to pay the fees is USD?
Last year it was USD 30 (single entry visa).

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I wouldn't prebook,wait till you are in Kasane and then book there are many smaller tour companies who you can at least negotiate a price with.

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Hi guys,
I wanted to thank you all for your answers. I am now back from an amazing trip through Namibia, Botswana and Vic Falls. At the end we booked with Armbush safaris and everything went well. Transport to the border, crossing the border on foot, and another guy was waiting for us at the other side. We agreed on a time for our pickup and they drove us back to the border. No hassles.

The visa price for Europeans was 30 USD. Entry to the falls is another 30 USD. 15 minute helicopter flight was 152 USD.
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