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1. Posted by KomalS (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y


can anyone tell me if it is easy obtaining visa's in Zimbabwe (Vic Falls)? And how much do they cost?
Thank you in adanvance for your help.

2. Posted by jekalo (Full Member 118 posts) 9y

You can get a visa at the Vic Falls airport upon arrival. A couple of years ago the cost was $25 and had to be paid in U.S. dollars, I don't know if it has gone up since then or if they will allow to pay in other curriencies. There is also a departure tax when you leave that takes some people by surpise and it to must be paid in U.S. dollars. At that time they did not make change at the airport and some travelers were having to borrow from others to get the right ammount. In other words you had to have correct change to pay the departure fee. We had remembered this from a previous trip and carried a lot of extra 20's to help some of our companions get through.

3. Posted by KomalS (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

Hi Jekalo,

Thank you for your response, it has been very helpful! do you remember how much the departure tax was?

Thank you

4. Posted by jekalo (Full Member 118 posts) 9y

At the time I think it was $20. What was most memorable was all the people scrounging around looking for someone with the right bank note. Ask when you arrive so that you can put that amount away for your departure. I really like Vic falls and it is sad to see the way it has changed in the past 8 or so years because of its political troubles. I was planning another trip there this year but changed my plan due to the political unrest. On the upside, Vic falls is most likely the least affected part of the country by the turmoil.

5. Posted by KomalS (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

That must have been a funny sight to see people scrounging! Thank you for your help, it has been very useful!
I really hope I do enjoy vic falls.

6. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 9y

Just came back from Vic falls last week, Uk citizens pay $55 for visa!
Are you aware of the money changing in Zim??? I can give you a good contact in Vic Falls if you need it. Just take oodles of dollars!
Any other info, please let me know. I have been there twice now...its that good!!! Dont worry about the political situation, it wont affect you. We travelled from South Africa up thru Bulawayo. The people are amazingly friendly, even the police!
To those of you thinking of not going because of the political situation, please reconsider, they need you!!! The people are surviving on what they make out of tourism. Also, take all your old clothes and stuff, life for locals is horrendously expensive and you will get a damned good stone carving for your flip flops!

[ Edit: Edited on May 1, 2007, at 10:12 PM by baluba ]

7. Posted by KomalS (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

Hi Claire,

It's good to hear that someone has had an amazing time vic falls...all i seem to hear is negative things!
Yes, if you can let me know about your contact that would be much appreciated! I will be using $ for everything in Vic that ok?
Also is $55 for single or double visa?

8. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 9y

Glad to be of some help!!
US$55 single entry visa.
Great backpackers called Shoestrings is an excellent place to hang out and had a good cafe thing...brill pizzas! It is there you ask for 'Oscar', he is the money changer. Well built short black guy with very long braids. Lovely chap. They are all lovely there!
Directions..from the main road you want to turn into the other road having the Wimpy to your left and a load of tour companies on your right. Go all the way to the end of the shops, past African Encounter and the bookshop. Swing left there and follow the signs for 'Mars', think it is second left, Shoestrings is on your left with big yellow metal gates. White building opposite. Its really not that far and everyone knows it.
Yes, take US dollars, or South African Rand, and dont forget all your old clothes!!
Also recommend the River Cafe for lunch on the main road, set back a bit. Use US$ to pay for activities. $90 for bunjee, $20 to get into falls or $30 at sunset.
You are going to have such an amazing time!
Anything else, just holler!

9. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member 414 posts) 9y

Make sure you do the activities like the white water rafting it´s a most and the sunset cruise will give you headache but it´s worse it.

10. Posted by KomalS (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

Just come back from Vix falls and met Oscar in Shoestrings! A really nice guy! Also had pizza'a in shoestrings...they are pretty good!
did the sunset cruise "booze cruise" and yes i did have a headache the next day!