Budget safari holiday in Victoria Falls

How to have a budget-conscious trip

Both Zambia and Zimbabwe have some great lodging options for budget travellers: your options include campsites on the banks of the Zambezi, friendly backpackers and well-run guesthouses. For a bush experience you can also camp in the Zambezi National Park (on the Zimbabwean side). The best way to save money on food is to prepare your own meals: some of the backpackers offer communal kitchens.

Musango Safari Camp in Zimbabwe

While many of the activities on offer in Vic Falls are on the pricier side – most start at around US$50 – there’s plenty to do that doesn’t cost much, such as the Boiling Pot Hike and hiking down into Batoka Gorge, as well as hiring a bicycle to explore Livingstone or Victoria Falls.

Zambia is generally cheaper than Zimbabwe: lodging and food costs are lower, and the entrance fee to see the falls is also cheaper. If your main consideration for which side to stay on is cost related, then it makes sense to stay in Zambia.

If you’d like to visit both Zimbabwe and Zambia, make sure that you ask for a KAZA Uni-Visa on arrival in either Zambia or Zimbabwe, otherwise you’ll have to pay for a separate visa to enter the other country, which is more expensive.

If you travel during the low season of November to April – the rainiest months of the year – then you’ll be able to get the lowest rates on rooms and packages.

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Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari

day 1 to 3

Arrival in Africa
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari

day 4 to 6

Matusadona National Park
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari

day 7 to 8

Victoria Falls
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari

day 9

Heading home

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Victoria Falls in November

Climate In November the summer rains begin, bringing a welcome relief from the intense heat of October, although it’s still very hot. Highlights of the month The Zambezi River is at its lowest level of the year, and Victoria Falls can completely dry up on the Zambian side, although the waterfalls flow year-round in Zimbabwe. It’s not the best time to see the falls if you want to…

Victoria Falls in September

Climate September starts to get warmer – day time temperatures can be 33C, while night times are still a cool 15C. It’s still in the dry season though with usually no rainfall at all. Highlights of the month September is one of the best months of the year for visiting Victoria Falls: it’s not yet too hot, the falls are still flowing on both sides of the border and wildlife…

Victoria Falls in April

Climate The rainy season ends in April, which is a much drier month than March. The temperature drops a bit but it’s still warm with daytime temperatures in the high 20s. Highlights of the month In April, the Zambezi River is extremely full, so Victoria Falls is in full flow. It’s a good time of year to travel to the falls if you want to see the natural spectacle at its most…

Zambezi River

There’s more to the Zambezi River than just its powerful cascade down a 1.7 kilometre-wide gorge to form Victoria Falls. This mighty river – Africa’s fourth largest – draws adventure seekers from all over the planet for Africa’s most thrilling white-water rafting on powerful Grade Five rapids. White-water rafting is not the only way to have fun on the Zambezi’s rapids though:…

Victoria Falls in October

Climate October is known as “Suicide Month”: this is the hottest month of the year with an average of 34C for day time temperatures but the highs can go above 40C. Highlights of the month With no rains for months, the water in the Zambezi River starts to run low and by the end of the month, in some years, the falls can dry up in Zambia. Coming right at the end of the dry season,…

Why would people come back?

Apart from the fact that there are so many activities to do in the Victoria Falls area, an excellent reason to return to the destination is to experience the waterfalls and the outdoor adventures in changing seasons. Victoria Falls is very different month by month: the level of water in the Zambezi River changes with seasonal rains, which means that at times the waterfalls are…

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