Fly to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Set on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia is a place where the smoke thunders. Known to the locals by its traditional name, Mosi-Oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders), you’re probably more familiar with its Western name – Victoria Falls or Vic Falls.
"Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight." – David Livingstone
Long attracting visitors from all corners of the world, Vic Falls delights as a destination for those seeking anything from extreme adventure to simply getting back to nature, however, the main event is undoubtedly the Falls. Open to visitors year round, you can see the falls from 16 viewpoints at the Victoria Falls National Park where the mighty Zambezi plunges into the cavernous depths below creating a mile wide curtain of water and one of the most glorious displays of nature on earth.
Whether you’re looking to jump off the bridge with nothing but bungee cords attached, or indulge in a relaxing sunset cruise, Travelstart has you covered when it comes to finding and booking the cheapest flights to Vic Falls from South Africa.
Know before you go – check out our Top 10 activity list for Vic Falls.
With the falls being just a 1 hour 45 minute flight from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is practically in your backyard if you’re flying from South Africa.
Search the latest Vic Falls flight prices right now. Simply use the online flight booking engine above to find the flights that best suit you and your holiday budget, and then book it!
Zimbabwe uses CAT Central Africa Time (UTC +2 hours) meaning South Africa is in the same time zone as Zimbabwe all year round. You will not lose or gain hours on a trip to Vic Falls.
Best Time to Visit Victoria Falls
The main attraction is undoubtedly the falls but it could be disappointing if you happen upon them during their 2 extreme moods – the dry season when water trickles over the falls and the peak wet season when they’re in full flood and there’s so much mist they become very difficult to view. You will want to time your visit so that you can appreciate Vic Falls with its masses of water thundering over and get photos without your camera getting waterlogged. Use the quick guide below to get an idea of the best time to visit Vic Falls.
|Months||Falls Flow||Season||Weather||Best viewed from|
|January||Flow intensifying||Summer, wet||Hot, humid, rain||Zimbabwe & Zambia|
|February||High flow||Summer, wet||Hot, some rain||Zimbabwe & Zambia|
|March||Peak flow||Summer, wet||Hot, some rain||Helicopter/Zimbabwe|
|April||Peak flow||End of Summer||Mild||Helicopter/Zimbabwe|
|May||High flow||Autumn, dry||Mild, Chilly evenings||Zimbabwe|
|June||Flow decreasing||Winter, dry||Mild, Cold at night||Zimbabwe|
|July||Flow decreasing||Winter, dry||Mild, Cold at night||Zimbabwe|
|August||Intermediate flow – great for viewing and photos||Winter, dry||Warm, Chilly evenings||Zimbabwe|
|September||Intermediate flow – great for viewing and photos, rafting||Spring, dry||Warming up||Zimbabwe|
|October||Low – great for white water rafting||Summer, dry (some rain)||Hot, some evening rain||Zimbabwe|
|November||Low – great for white water rafting||Summer, Wet season begins||Hot||Zimbabwe|
|December||Flow intensifying||Summer||Hot, humid, wet||Zimbabwe|
Zimbabwe or Zambia Side?
Zimbabwe has by far, the best view of Victoria Falls! From Zimbabwe you can appreciate full-frontal views of the falls and the chance to experience the solid rain created by the spray. Enter through the Victoria Falls National Park (US$30 for international visitors and US$20 for South Africans – remember your passport to qualify for the reduced fee). Once inside you can walk through the rainforest alongside the falls and enjoy the spectacular scenes from sixteen viewpoints.
Highlights include a good soaking from the spray that rains down on you, seeing Rainbow Falls from viewpoint 15, and views of the bridge between Zimbabwe and Zambia from viewpoint 16. You can also say hello to David Livingstone’s statue at viewpoint 1. Game viewing in Zimbabwe is better than in Zambia. Don’t forget your raincoat. When you get too close to the falls you’re likely to get soaked by its thunderous spray – it’s a thrilling experience!
While the Zambian side of Vic Falls offers more in terms of accommodation options and leisure activities than the Zimbabwe side, we recommend making time to go to visit if possible. Remember if you decide to go to Zambia, make sure you have arranged a Yellow Fever Certificate before you leave South Africa. In Zambia you can enjoy a wide range of adventure activities including microlighting, a swim in Devil’s Pool (usually possible in the dry season from September to December) and a tour of Livingstone Island.
Toll Free Landline Number: 0800 3222 911 – this number gives you access to Ambulance Services, Fire Brigade and Police in Zimbabwe.
Medical Centre: +263 (0) 13 43356
Medical Centre After Hours: +263 (0) 774 8559
Victoria Falls Bridge (Customs and Immigration): +263 (0) 13 44238
Police: +263 (0) 13 42206
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority Victoria Falls Office: +263 (0) 13 44376
Whenever you travel overseas, Travelstart strongly recommends taking travel insurance prior to departing South Africa to cover any medical expenses you might incur abroad.
Walk in Livingstone’s footsteps at beautiful Victoria Falls. Zimbabwe and Zambia are Visa free countries for those of you travelling on a South Africa passport! Start your Vic Falls holiday with cheap flights from Travelstart.co.za. Use the booking engine above to compare ticket prices on all the airlines flying to VFA from South Africa.
Direct flights between South Africa and Victoria Falls cover a distance of 925km and flight duration is approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes if you’re flying from Johannesburg.
Schedules for nonstop flights from South Africa to Vic Falls provided on this page are valid at time of publishing. For the most up-to-date times and prices we recommend using the online flight search tool above. Simply select the date and destination you are interested in, and click ‘Search’.
You can get direct flights to Victoria from South Africa from the following cities:
Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo International Airport) on British Airways Comair (operated by Kulula) and South African Airways.
Travel Editor’s Note: Be sure to check the flight ticket prices of other airlines flying to Victoria Falls from SA on Travelstart.co.za. You may find cheaper options on the likes of Air Namibia (flights via Windhoek – WDH); though these will not be the quickest options.
Vic Falls Flights from Johannesburg
|Airline||Departs Johannesburg (JNB)||Vic Falls (VFA)||Days||Flying Time|
|BA6285 (British Airways)||11:25am||13:05pm||Daily flights available||1 hour, 40 minutes|
|SA40 (South African Airways)||10:50am||12:30pm||Daily flights available||1 hour, 40 minutes|
The schedule above is for direct flights to Victoria Falls Airport. For flights from Cape Town, Durban and other major airports in South Africa you will need to travel with a stopover in at least 1 airport which is usually Johannesburg – JNB. Use Travelstart.co.za to see airline ticket prices from your nearest airport.
Vic Falls Airport (code VFA) is located about 20km south of Victoria Falls town and is located on the Zimbabwe side of the border. Currently serving BA Comair and South African Airways for flights to Vic Falls from Johannesburg, the Victoria Falls Airport is expected to undergo an expansion in the near future which will see it equipped to handle larger aircraft and long haul flights from international hubs in America, Europe and Asia.
Vic Falls Airport is open 12 hours every day and immigration services are available to passengers during operating hours. It is a small airport; however, there are a few restaurants and duty free shops available. Banking facilities are in town. Car rental at Victoria Falls Airport is offered by Avis, Europcar and Budget. Search car hire prices now.
South African passport holders do not require a prearranged Visa for Zimbabwe and Zambia for stays of up to 90 days. As with all international trips, you must ensure your passport has at least 6 months validity remaining on it on returning from your trip, as well as 2 blank pages available for stamps.
The South African Embassy in Zimbabwe is located in the capital Harare.
South African Embassy
7 Elcombe Road, Belgravia, Harare
Tel: +263 4 760 404
While the chances of contracting Malaria are low on a visit to Vic Falls, many recommend you take precautions before you leave. All of Zambia and Zimbabwe are considered to have risk of malaria. Although it’s seasonal in some areas, it is present year round in the Zambezi Valley (which includes Victoria Falls). Read more about Malaria.
The South African government is strict about enforcing yellow fever requirements. They require a certificate of everyone who has been in a risk area - even if it’s just an airport layover. They also require a certificate of anyone who has been in Zambia, which is not on the WHO risk list.
Yellow Fever immunization is not recommended during pregnancy. If you do not already have a certificate, you will need to get a medical waiver--South Africa will honour that. The waiver needs to come from an official YF vaccination center, with an official stamp. Read more about Yellow Fever.
Travel Adaptor: Plug points in Zimbabwe are one of two types: The "Type G" 3-flat-prongs arranged in a triangular formation (as used in the UK) and the "Type D" 3-round-prong plug in a triangular formation. Travel adaptors and converters are widely available throughout South Africa so you’ll be able to stock up before you leave.
Voltage: The mains voltage in Zimbabwe is 220 V which is compatible with most South African devices and appliances (Frequency: 50 Hz).
As a general rule, different voltages are sometimes used within the same country. Be mindful of this before plugging in and always check your device voltage against the voltage of the power point you’re using.