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  • Added on: December 7th, 2006
Is it possible to get from Cape Town up to the falls? I have been looking on as many airlines as I can find (Mango, Kulula, SA) and nothing so far from down there.

I will be in SA in April and originally planned to fly into Jo'Burg, but my plans changed and I'm now going into/out of Cape Town. I won't be near Jo'Burg where all the flights I've found so far start. Any advice?

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  • Added on: December 7th, 2006
Hi Fugazi

Unfortunately at the moment all flight to Vic Falls from in inside south africa go via Johannesburg. Remember though that you have the option to see the falls from the Zimbabwean side or from the Zambian side (livingston airport).

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  • Added on: December 8th, 2006
I flew from zim to CPT on B.A book the flight right in vic falls. it connected through jo burg.maybe Try south african airways. perhaps when you are in cape town it would be easier to pop into a local south african travel agency and figure somthing out. fly into Harare and catch a connecter. air Zim could be an option
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  • Added on: December 21st, 2006
Hey the best way to travel in South Africa and surrounding area is by bus. But you have to remember that the schedules are not all that reliable especially after you leave the larger cities. You also need to travel as light as possible. I have learned to travel exrensively with everything I need in a carry on that converts to a backpack. Remember that to get to Victoria Falls that you have to pass through at least one other country(Zimbabwe)or you could travel through Botswana and have just a short jaunt through Zimbabwe(recommended). Some of the best sights at Victoria Falls is on the Zambian side. Bring some cash either rand, euros, or dollars and bungi jump off the bridge it is a blast and for a fee beyond what it costs to bungi jump they'll make a great video of it for you. 15 days seems like a long time but if you are moving around a lot time will fly and you will have a great time. By the way I posted this on anothe rblog that asked the same question. I have travelled in Africa by plane, train, automobile, and bus. My favorite way to travel is by either train or bus you get to meet the people that way. It is more adventurous but also a little more risky. But you can't meet the people in a bloody airport lounge or hotel lobby meet them where they live that's part of the fun.
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  • Added on: March 31st, 2007
If I plan to fly into Jo'Berg, I might see if I can use my award ticket to fly to the Falls first instead, then back to Jo'Berg.

If I can arrange it, which airprot is best to fly into? What are the difference in seeing it from either side? Do most people just see it from one, or is it comment to see it from both, like with Niagra Falls.

I've heard one of the airports is pretty sketchy.

Also, if I'm traveling alone, should it be safe, or should I try to join a group?

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  • Added on: April 3rd, 2007
I prefer the accomidations on the Zambian side. The hostel there is super cool. I don't know about the airports but with the troubles in Zimbabwe right now I'd say use the Zambian side for sure.
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  • Added on: October 11th, 2009
Thanks for all the posts. I'm planning my trip to the Falls in 2011 (still a ways away.) I've been to Tanzania before and loved it. I supposed I still need to read quite a bit more.

What are some other "DON'T MISS" spots near Vic Falls? I'm only looking at a 12-16 day trip, so I can't see/do everything.

THANKS!

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  • Added on: November 3rd, 2009
I was in this situation mid-July, in Vic Falls trying to get to Cape Town, and yeah you need to connect in Jo'burg as right now that's the only place you can fly from the Vic Falls airport. No biggie though I got mightily pissed at South African airways as they canceled my leg to Cape Town without telling me!

Also I thought the Zimbabwe side was fine (stayed at Shoestrings hostel, great spot) and different from anyplace I'd been before. The view of the Falls is definitely better from that side as Zim has the lip just across from the falls, a 20 minute walk from one end to the other through tropical rainforest in a very nice park. You can do the highly recommended whitewater rafting from both Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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  • Added on: September 22nd, 2010
Hello Friends!
My friends and I are traveling to South America! Yay! We are going on a safari, hiking Kilimanjaro and going to Victoria Falls! Sooooo excited!
We need to go by train, bus or plane from Dar Salaam to Victoria Falls (roundtrip) around January 8-15-ish. Any help on traveling options/expenses/time frames, etc. would be very much appreciated!!!!

Traveling with Passion!
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  • Added on: February 23rd, 2011
Hi Jennifer. I think you may find that the places you want to visit are in S Africa, and not S America!! :D



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