Victoria Falls?

Nov 13th, 2006, 02:19 PM
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If you are staying in Zambia the visa fee is waived, however this needs to be pre-arranged through your agent/hotel etc. If you are transiting then $100.

The falls is about tones of water cascading over a prcipice, it is not about game viewing, although further up stream there is plenty of wildlife to be enjoyed. This is true for both sides of the river.
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Nov 13th, 2006, 02:32 PM
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We saw elephants on top of the falls! no wildlife! Are birds not wildlife?
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Nov 13th, 2006, 02:46 PM
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RBCal

Yes buffet was $30 at zambezi sun and I was told it was $60 at the Royal Livingstone. It does sting a bit when you've just come from SA and paid a lot less for better quality. The coffee shop next to the adventure centre at the zamb sun did relatively cheap burgers.

After 5 days I was still not bored looking at the falls. To me they are one of the natural wonders of the world and should not be rushed. But that's me...
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Nov 13th, 2006, 03:39 PM
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Elephants on top of the Falls Oh my!

Did they have life jackets on
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Nov 13th, 2006, 03:55 PM
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The waters pretty shallow, the drop isn't.
Actually it's a bit of an illusion. Looking across the gorge the elephants looked about 100 yards out in the Zambezi. But the river sweeps sharp left behind the fall, so when we went to the riverbank to have a closer look it was about 10 yards from 5 bull elephants! Exciting stuff.
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Nov 13th, 2006, 03:59 PM
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Sounds amazing! Can't wait to see.
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Nov 13th, 2006, 04:06 PM
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Have seen the falls from both Zimbabwe and Zambia and have stayed on both sides. In my opinion, the view from the Zim side is by far the better one, but the River Club on the Zambian side is a wonderful place to stay. I do, however, have fond memories of the VF Hotel when it was truly grand and one of the few hotels in Vic Falls.
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Nov 13th, 2006, 09:27 PM
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WE are staying at the River Club next June. I am confused about the Visa's. Do we need to get a visa in advance to cross over to the Zim side? How does that work. We are doing an elephant ride and I need to check on which side we are doing that.

Additionally, if we are flying from our camp in Botswana, will the view from the plane be sufficient, or should we also do the helicopter ride?
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Nov 13th, 2006, 09:46 PM
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If you are flying in by one of the internal transfers, the pilot will be more than happy to give you a good view of the falls. That's what i did in 2005. Our pilot from Moremi Air was fantastic.....and the view was far more spectacular than from the ground.

If you are staying at the River Club you can get a visa waiver for Zambia. But, you will need to pay for your Zim visa at the border.

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Nov 14th, 2006, 12:53 AM
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Hi Julie,
Yes, Kuoni organized everything and it was perfect.
I used a Canon powershot A540. It's easy to use. However, I found myself sometimes wishing for a more powerful zoom.
You'll love Victoria Falls. I would highly recommend the Royal Livingstone.

Happy travels and glad you enjoyed my trip report!
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Nov 14th, 2006, 08:17 PM
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Recently returned from Vic falls in mid October. Stayed on Zambia side at Royal Livingston. Very expensive but VERY nice. Restaurants are expensive but gourmet and excellent. Falls are a trickle on Zambia side in October due to season and power diversion. Zimbabwe side better ( $ 30 Visa charge with minor wait in line as a bureaucrat justifies their job ). Many things to do ; elephant safari rides in Zambia and Zimbabwe, river boat safaris, helicopter rides ( sit in front or wait for next chopper ! ), and if you can include it : a day trip to the Chobe Botswana park for a landrover safari ! For me the incredible experience was to white water river raft on the Zambeze river. Prepare yourself for class 5 and 6 rapids ( expert and suicidal ), a high probability of flipping your raft, and an arduous 750 ft climb in and out of the gorge ! Yes , it WAS worth it. Enjoy
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Nov 14th, 2006, 08:49 PM
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Thank you all for the good information. I just love this forum! The enthusiasm and great affection for Africa is almost palpable.

So, you've answered my questions and convinced me that Victoria Falls is a worthwhile place to spend a few days. Actually, it will be the perfect place to slow down and catch up on rest after two long days of travel from Oregon in the US. I've checked into the Royal Livingstone and, while it sounds wonderful and I would love to stay there if I could, it's just too expensive for our budget. I think we'll try for the Ilala, still expensive but not quite so high. Followed by a few nights on safari.

Has anyone any experience with the Chobe Savanna Lodge? It's been recommended. It's in Namibia, I believe.
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Nov 15th, 2006, 05:01 AM
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CSL.
I have been there and love the place. I enjoy its location up-river from the rest, I enjoy its spectacular view across the Chobe and into the rreserve.
For the price the rooms are spacious and comfortable.
The food was also OK, not outstanding, but for the $$ I was not expecting gourmet quality at all and was surprised by the effort made in the kitchen.
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