How to get to Victoria Falls

How to get to Victoria Falls

How to get to Victoria Falls

Search Flights to Other Airports

How to get to Victoria Falls is a common question asked my travelers.  We have a few tips in this article including search flights to other airports.

Airfares… That’s always the big factor – the make or break decision on any travel destination.  I’m sure cheap online airline tickets sound appealing!  After all, the air flight makes up a large percentage of one’s travel costs.

Quote by Livingstone about Victoria FallsThank goodness for Search Flight Engines, that make our work much easier!!!  Travel agency offices are not sort after so much these days.  Instead of them phoning around and getting the best deals, you and I spend hours on the internet searching frantically for a great flight deal or bargain package.

If you have been wondering how to get to Victoria Falls then this is the best place to find out.

Ideally, landing in Vic Falls makes more sense (the airport is 21 km from the town and transfers can be arranged or taxis are always on site.)  Note: These cost between $15-$30.

 

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You may be surprised at what you find.

The map below will bring up other options that could be just the perfect plane ticket you need!

Plan your trip from that point, down to Victoria Falls.

 


How to get to Vic Falls - what you need to knowTips to help you search for the cheapest airplane tickets

Useful things to consider.

  • Will you be visiting both sides of the Victoira Falls/Mosi-Oa-Tunya?  This means you will be entering both countries, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
    • Visas to and fro are a biggy, find out what category you fall into and know the cost of entering “the other side” 🙂
    • It might be cheaper to land in Zambia Livingstone (which it often is) but if your preferred activities are on the Victoria Falls side, your savings could be in vain as boarder visas make daily crossings expensive.  Plan on crossing over at least once to see the complete waterfall – you won’t regret it (which will mean you will need a double entry visa).

Understand the logic behind price increases.

  • Reasons for a price hike…
    • School Holidays
    • Yearly Holidays
    • Weekends – everyone wants to get to their destination for the weekend and back on Monday for work.  This could make travel on Fridays, Sundays and Mondays higher.
    • Special Events – The Victoria Falls Marathon and the Vic Falls Yearly Carnival.  These events are  getting bigger as each year passes.
    • The Seasons – travel to Victoria Falls is popular between May through August.  Everyone is aiming for this “Goldilocks” time period – Just Right!  So, it follows that this is going to be the most expensive time to travel.  Know what you are coming for, a few days or weeks earlier or later, could save you a bundle…
    • The Time of Day that you fly: will dramatically affect the price you pay for an air ticket.  Early Morning/Late Evening.  The more inconvenient, the cheaper it should be.  Weigh this against other factors such as:  Will you be able to arrange a lift to the airport for one in the morning?  What is the cost?  Is the cheaper flight worth the other added inconveniences?  (Like?  Dragging your friends or family out of bed… Lol!)

Check out for yourself how one month can make such a difference –

 

What to take away? 

    • Travel when it is least popular, less Convenient and know why you are visiting Victoria Falls so you can choose the best time for you!

 

  • Fun Facts on Victoria FallsBooking in advance is savvy, late last minute tickets are stressful or can be ridiculously expensive and disappointing when you don’t get that “last minute special deal” that you were banking on…

 

  • Search for flights to surrounding airports (ensure your transport costs to that airport don’t out-way this option or the convenience of a closer one).  If you are a bit adventurous and like to wing it a bit, this option could start you out on an amazing journey!  Let’s say it is cheaper to land in Botswana.  There are amazing opportunities to explore that end of the world, it’s not so far from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe (an easy drive – there are daily transfers from Chobe) and you could end your trip by flying out from the Victoria Falls Airport – after spending a few days in Vic Falls.  It’s all about possibilities…

 

  • How much effort are you willing to put into looking for a ticket?  Direct flights are known to be more expensive – it’s what you are paying for the one-stop hassle free travel.  Try searching one way tickets there and back (even different routes), then compare those two tickets to a round trip ticket.  When booking for a number of people at a time, search and pay for the tickets individually and then choose seating afterwards that are next to each other.

 

  • On budget travel, booking for a family or a group?  Avoid direct flights.  Connecting stop-overs while longer and tiring, could save you money that can then be used on accommodation or entertainment.  We have done this on our return journey to Zimbabwe from England.  We went from London to Amsterdam to Johannesburg to Harare (we lived there at that stage).

 

  • Steps to take…
    1. Find out the price of a direct flight to your destination (or there abouts).  Then try searching different routes and compare the price difference.
    2. Major connecting Hubs to get to Victoria Falls, are landing in…
      • Johannesburg/Capetown (South Africa)
      • Livingstone/Lusaka (Zambia)
      • Botswana/Gaborone (Botswana)
      • Addis Ababa
      • Harare or Bulawayo (Zimbabwe)
    3. Knowing this, go to Google Flights and do another search.  Note, the cheapest deals are not always found here, it’s more to get an overall feel.
    4. From the above mentioned Airport Hubs, search to get to Victoria Falls.
      • Capetown to: Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls/Harare/Bulawayo, Zambia – Lusaka/Livingstone
      • Johannesburg to: Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls/Harare/Bulawayo, Zambia – Lusaka/Livingstone
      • Harare to Victoria Falls
      • Lusaka to Victoria Falls
      • Land in Livingstone Zambia, you can take a taxi to Victoria Falls Town for under $10 (or stay in Livingston Town.

 

  • Fun Facts on Victoria FallsEnsure your layover has at least a 4 hour stop over.  If your plane is delayed you won’t be fiddling with re-booking flights etc.

 

  • Compare prices from more than one search engine (two are on this page).  There is no perfect searcher, but they are getting better everyday!

 

  • Search in a different currency if your currency is stronger than the place you are visiting.  (Just watch for the surcharges)

 

 

  • Become your own Affiliate.  This is only worth the trouble if you  have PayPal, travel a lot or are booking for a group.  By becoming an affiliate, you get the commission on your own ticket!  Cool right?  Just create a user account, get the link, put it into your browser and then book your ticket.  Things to note.  A $50 threshold has to be reached and payment is only received after the event.

 

  • Enable flight alerts if they are available on the search engine you use.  This will save you checking all the time.

 

  • Get organised – book tickets early.  Tickets are usually released eleven months in advance – start checking weekly to get a feel for the price range.  Three months in advance seems to be the most advised time to purchase a ticket.  If you are happy with the price at this point, get it!  You already know what the general price range is, so when it drops – don’t miss it, hoping it will go lower.

 

  • Once you have purchased a ticket – stop looking around!  It’s done and you are going on holiday!!! Yay!

 

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The map makes searching other airports so much easier – try it you will see what I mean.  If you prefer searching a widget see the bottom of the page.  All the best!


Search for flights to Vic Falls – bookings are not made on this website and affiliate links are directed straight to the merchant that has scoured  hundreds of websites so you don’t have to. 






The Most Common Way to Get to Victoria Falls is Through Flights From Johannesburg or Capetown.

  • Fastjet recently reintroduced its Johannesburg route – Victoria Falls route and flies on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from Johannesburg.  Fastjet also has a flight from Harare to Victoria Falls and Harare to Johannesburg.
  • South African Airways (SAA) also has flights between Johannesburg, Harare and Victoria Falls
  • Airlink a South African airline has a route from Cape Town to Victoria Falls
  • Ethiopian Airlines has a flight to Victoria Falls via Gaborone, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays (they have future plans to make daily flights to Victoria Falls) and Addis Ababa to Victoria Falls.

Victoria Falls Africa book your air ticketOther air flights coming into Victoria Falls include:

  • Kenya Airways
  • British Airways
  • Air Zimbabwe
  • Air Namibia
  • Air France
  • Egypt Air
  • Etihad Airways
  • KLM
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Qatar Airlines
  • Fly Africa Zimbabwe

 

 

In Conclusion

Knowing how to get to Victoria Falls is the most crucial part of your journey, but, once you past this point, it’s easier to figure out the rest.  Nothing will get planned unless this first step is done: getting your plane tickets.  I wish you all the best!  And don’t forget to search for flights to other airports.  When you past this point go check out the Accommodation!  Have questions you don’t have answers to. Note them in the comments below.  All the best searching for your perfect airfare!!!

 

 





10 Comments

  1. After visiting your website previously, I have a new bucket list item. I think that the Victoria Falls looks so amazingly beautiful. You have made it easy to figure out how to get there by flight. The map was helpful, but I did have to relook up exactly where Victoria Falls is 😀 Can’t wait for a vacation here!

    1. Hey, welcome back Matt’s Mom!

      Yes it is a common question – where Victoria Falls is…  I have made an info-graphic here.  Pin it for your holiday planning. 🙂  Glad you found the map helpful.

      It’s exciting preparing for a trip.  Be sure to ask any questions you may have in the comments.  I would be more than happy to answer them.

      Start looking for activities in the area – it’s always good to know what you can do there.  Seasons play a huge role in what can and can’t be done. 

  2. Hi Tracy. It is obvious you have put a lot of work into your website, well done. Actually this is my first time on a site that talks about travelling (it isn’t really my thing). Your post is very informative, especially on the pocket friendliness of traveling to the Vic Falls, and the other features that makes checking out hotel accommodation prices easier. The images you have used are captivating as well, and your content sounds convincing. I can actually imagine myself doing this trip.

    1. Author

      Hey Debbie,

      As travel is not your thing, I am honoured that you stop by for a read! I hope you get to visit Victoria Falls in Africa one of these days, and use the saving tips suggested here :). Thanks for the compliment and have a great day.

  3. I really love your site and this post. I love to travel and get to know other cultures but unfortunately until now I have been only in North Africa. But you never know what life brings, maybe someday my life path will bring me to Southern Africa.

    Greetings from Croatia! 🙂

    Neli

    1. Author

      Hi Neli,

      You must have had some great adventures in the North of Africa! Southern Africa is quite different and the best place to travel in May, August is in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe. Please come back to this site to pick up more travel tips. Thanks for commenting and so happy you enjoyed the read.

  4. Oh Tracy this is a great site, i like it very much. I hope I will visit some day and this website will be my help. Thank you very much.
    All the best
    Andrea

    1. Author

      Hi there Andrea

      I am so happy you like my website! 🙂 As time goes on, more content and reviews will be added. Also, make use of the search map to check prices on the flights available to Victoria Falls. Remember to check other options – it could lead to an amazing holiday plan.
      Wishing you all the in your holiday planning! 🙂 and thank you for the compliment.

  5. I’m happy I came across your article because my little brother is getting married in South Africa in 2020 and we will all be staying there for a few weeks, and Vic Falls was definitely on my to-do list.
    Is there a city of airline that you recommend being the cheapest and/or fastest way to get there from SA?

    1. Hey Nicki,

      How exciting for you!  Will this be your first visit to South Africa?  What a pity your brother isn’t getting married in Victoria Falls, I could have made his wedding cake!

      2020 is a ways to go…  I did a search on my website for flights and for now it looks like air flights to Zambia Livingstone from Johannesburg is the cheapest.  Where are you flying from?

      The air lines to Zambia are Air Namibia and Kenya Airways – along with the usual well known airlines that also fly to Vic Falls – British Airways, South African Airways and Zimbabwe Airways.

      It would be good to try book ahead of time – although when I did a 2020 search, it actually seemed to get more expensive! 

      Good on you for being so well organised.  Wishing you all the best for your travel plans. 

      By 2020, more content will be on this website, so be sure to check back often for tips and suggestions on travel to Zimbabwe Victoria Falls.

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