3 Days Solo Trip in Summer Zimbabwe - Zambia for Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls summer adventure in the Zimbabwe - Zambia border
December 26 to 28, 2018

My 70th solo backpacking trip, 11th and 12th country to visit in African continent89th and 90th country visited on my journey #lakbay100, 5th continent on my list and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself itinerary from arrival to departure. I did not research that much for this country due also on limited time and laziness.


Victoria Falls, named after Queen of Great Britain, presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. In more modern terms Victoria Falls is known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world. Victoria Falls is the only waterfall in the world with a length of more than a kilometer and a height of more than hundred meters. It is also considered to be the largest fall in the world. The noise of Victoria Falls can be heard from a distance of 40 kms, while the spray and mist from the falling water is rising to a height of over 400 meters. No wonder that the local tribes used to call the waterfall Mosi-o-Tunya “The smoke that thunders”.

https://victoriafallstourism.org/
  
3 Days Solo Trip in Summer Zimbabwe - Zambia for Victoria Falls

3 Days Solo Trip in Summer Zimbabwe - Zambia for Victoria Falls

ZIMBABWE
timezone - UTC +0200H    capital - Harare   language - English   currency - Dollar (FJD)
visa - Filipino citizens are eligible to apply for single and double-entry e-visa for $45.

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT ZIMBABWE
1. Victoria Falls, one of the biggest waterfalls in the world, is located in northwestern part of the Zambezi River
2. Lake Kariba, the largest man-made lake and reservoir in the world, is located in Zimbabwe-Zambian border.
3. Zimbabwe is a multi-currency nation. It abandoned its own currency, the Zimbabwean dollar, for foreign currencies, such as South Africa rand, US dollar, euro, and the Botswana pula.
4. At the peak of inflation in 2008, Zimbabwe issued 100 trillion dollars.
5. Zimbabwe has the largest platinum and diamond reserves in the world.

ZAMBIA

timezone - UTC +0200H    capital - Lusaka    language - English    currency - Kwacha (ZMW)
visa - Filipino citizens need to apply first before arrival.

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT ZAMBIA

1. The Zambezi is the fourth longest river in Africa after the Nile, Congo, and Niger Rivers.
2. The traditional name for Victoria Falls is Mosi-oa-Tunya
3. Termite hills in Zambia can grow as big as a small house. With room for a pony

3 Days Solo Trip in Summer Zimbabwe - Zambia for Victoria Falls

3 Days Solo Trip in Summer Zimbabwe - Zambia for Victoria Falls

3 Days Solo Trip in Summer Zimbabwe - Zambia for Victoria Falls

3 DAYS SUMMER TRIP IN ZIMBABWE AND ZAMBIA PREPARATION AND ITINERARY (DECEMBER 2018)

Preparation:

Zimbabwe e-visa double entry $45 (173 AED)
Victoria Falls Lodge Dorm room $80 (295 AED)
Dec25 flight Dubai to Victoria Falls 628 AED
Dec29 flight Victoria Falls to Dubai 680 AED
Total: 1,776 AED

Day 0: December 25, 2018 Tuesday

1915H ETD Abu Dhabi 25 AED
2100H Al Jafiliya station; metro to Terminal 3
2130H ETA Dubai Airport Terminal 3; Check-in and immigration; Ramen dinner + chocolates 70 AED
2330H ETD Dubai Airport UTC +0400H; flight EK767

Day 1: December 26, 2018 Wednesday

0530H ETA Johannesburg Airport UTC +0200H; transit 4.5 hours
1100H ETD Johannesburg Airport; flight SA40
1240H ETA Victoria Falls Airport UTC +0200H
1310H ETD Victoria Airport; Shuttle bus to Hostel 15
1345H ETA Victoria Falls Rest Camp; KFC lunch 11
1430H Victoria Falls 30 (Devil's Cataract, Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls); refreshments 8
1730H ETD Victoria Falls; KFC dinner 10
1830H back to hostel; fridge magnet 2; Shearwater white water rafting booking 118; beers 6
Total: 200 USD

Day 2: December 27, 2018 Thursday

breakfast 7; pick-up for white water rafting
0900H ETD Victoria Falls town
250masl steep trekking;  1st time experience capsized raft in the middle of level 5 rapid; I don't swim. #victoriafalls #zimbabwe
1430H ETD Zambesi River; photos 11
1500H ETA Rest Camp and Lodge
early dinner 17; Victoria Falls Airport Shuttle 14; beers 6
Total: 55 USD

Day 3: December 28, 2018 Friday

0530H ETD Hostel; walk to Border
0600H Zimbabwe border; Victoria Bridge
0645H Zambia border; gate pass $20 
Victoria falls 20 (Boiling pot trail, Photography trail, Knife edge trail)
0845H ETD Victoria Falls Livingstone
0930H Zimbabwe - Zambia border
1000H back to hotel; refreshments 8
1045H ETD Hostel; shuttle to Airport
1300H ETD Victoria Falls Airport UTC +0200H; flight ET829
2130H ETA Addis Ababa Airport UTC +0200H; transit 1hr
2250H ETD Addid Ababa Airport; flight ET600
0430H ETA Dubai Airport
Total: 48 USD

GRAND TOTAL: 200 + 55 + 48 = 303 USD + 1,776 AED (483 USD) = 786 USD

3 Days Solo Trip in Summer Zimbabwe - Zambia for Victoria Falls

3 Days Solo Trip in Summer Zimbabwe - Zambia for Victoria Falls

3 Days Solo Trip in Summer Zimbabwe - Zambia for Victoria Falls

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