Victoria Falls Seasons – Zimbabwe

Posted on September 29th, 2020 by Overland Africa

Victoria Falls Seasons,  Zimbabwe – When Scottish explorer, Dr David Livingstone first laid eyes on the Falls in 1855, little did he know that it would be confirmed as the world’s largest waterfall, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world, and a World Heritage Site.

Little has changed since people discovered Mosi-oa-Tunya thousands of years ago – what you see now is the same astonishing view that awed Livingstone and everyone else lucky enough to see the Falls.

 

Victoria Falls Seasons:

  • High-water season is from about February to July – expect the most spectacular views of the Falls and prepare to get a little wet.
  • Low-water season is from about August to January – this is the best time for white-water rafting and swimming in  Devils Pool.
  • Safari high or peak season is from about June to October – a good time to combine a safari with a visit to Vic Falls. Bear in mind that the later you visit, the drier the Falls will be. The ‘sweet spot’ for a good safari and great views is generally about July and August, which is also a very popular time to visit. Reservations should be secured well in advance.

During high-water season, more than 17 million cubic feet (481 386 cubic metres) of water fall over the edge every single minute – that’s almost 200 times more than an Olympic swimming pool or 12 000 pools in an hour!

When to Go: Best Time to Visit Victoria Falls

It might be the largest waterfall on earth and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world, but it’s also the mild winters and hot summers that make Victoria Falls a popular year-round destination.

Quick Advice:

Like almost everything else in Africa, the spectacle at the Falls is entirely dependent on rainfall. When you choose to travel will have a massive impact on your experience at Vic Falls. It is a wonderful destination to visit year-round, but if there are specific sights and activities that you’d like to include in your Falls itinerary, keep these travel seasons in mind:

Rain may vary from year to year. Always ask your Africa Safari Expert about current and projected water levels for when you want to travel to avoid disappointment.

The rule of thumb is: any activity on the water is best when water levels are at their lowest, otherwise the current is too strong. Any activity on land or in the air is best when water levels are higher, so you can enjoy the most dramatic views.

 

Summer: November to April

Expect dramatic and short afternoon thunderstorms, hot and humid weather conditions, and spectacular sunsets. The Zambezi River is usually low during December, rising steadily as the rain water starts to arrive from the Angolan highlands. The rainy Green Season revitalises Southern Africa between December and April.

Winter: July to August

The moderate winter months in Southern Africa are sunny and dry, and a great time to combine your tour to Victoria Falls with a wildlife safari in the superb national parks of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana or South Africa.

TIP: October is the hottest month of the year in Vic Falls (around 34°C / 93°F), and one of the very best months for safari. The animals don’t stray far from the little remaining water, but the Falls are at their very lowest and the Zambian side will the completely dry. Be sure to choose which is most important to you – game viewing or the Falls – if you’re travelling around this time.

 

High-water Season

Between February and July, the mighty Zambezi River is in full flood and the Falls are at its most thunderous – usually peaking between March and April. Dazzling clouds of mist can float 1 312ft (400m) above the Falls! Expect to get drenched by spray at most of the vantage points on the Zim and Zambia sides.

TIP: You can rent or buy a poncho or an umbrella at the Falls.

 

Best time for:

The Falls’ lunar rainbows or ‘moonbows’ are rare atmospheric phenomena that occur when the bright glow of a perfect full moon reflects and refracts off the mist created by the waterfall. Niagara Falls also used to produce colourful lunar rainbows, but sadly the light pollution in the area has eliminated these beautiful occurrences.

 

Low-water Season

The Zambezi’s water levels are low from August to January, and at its lowest from October until the rains start again.

 

Best time for:

 

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Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – Malawi

Posted on September 10th, 2020 by Overland Africa

Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – Malawi – Updated 22 September 2020 –

Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe is open for international commercial and charter flights.

Open for international travel

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols

Mandatory quarantine

Airlines flying into the destination

 

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Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – Madagascar

Posted on September 10th, 2020 by Overland Africa
Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – Malawi – Updated 22 September 2020 –

The Malagasy government has announced that the island of Nosy Be will reopen for international travel on 1 October 2020. Fascene Airport on Nosy Be will be ready to welcome international visitors and perform the necessary health checks and testing. Domestic travel within Madagascar resumed in September 2020, with international travel expected to resume when Ivato International Airport in Antananarivo reopens for international visitors.

Date of reopening

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols

Mandatory quarantine

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Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – Zimbabwe

Posted on August 24th, 2020 by Overland Africa

Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – Zimbabwe – Updated 22 September 2020 

The Zimbabwean government announced the reopening of the country’s local tourism sector on 3 September 2020. Domestic flights will resume on 21 September 2020 with Air Zimbabwe and Fastjet, in advance of 1 October 2020: the date for Zimbabwe’s international airports to reopen. Land borders remain closed until further notice.

Date of reopening

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols

Mandatory quarantine

Airlines flying into the destination

 

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Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – Uganda

Posted on August 24th, 2020 by Overland Africa

Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 for Uganda – Updated 22 September 2020  

Uganda has released a tentative phased reopening schedule for all its land borders and the resumption of international passenger flights to Entebbe International Airport, effective 1 October 2020.

Date of reopening

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols

Mandatory quarantine

Airlines flying into the destination

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Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – Mozambique

Posted on August 24th, 2020 by Overland Africa

Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – Mozambique – Updated 22 September 2020 – 

Awaiting Further Information

Mozambique has suspended international passenger flights, as well as the issuance of visas and travel documents until further notice.

Open for international travel / date of reopening:

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Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – Botswana

Posted on August 24th, 2020 by Overland Africa

-Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – Botswana  Updated 22 September 2020 – 

Awaiting Further Information – Botswana

Botswana

The Government of Botswana has banned entry of all visitors (except residents) from high-risk countries.

Open for international travel / date of reopening:

  • Unknown

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Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – South Africa

Posted on August 24th, 2020 by Overland Africa

Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – South Africa – Updated  22 September 2020 –

In Discussion – South Africa

 *The city of Cape Town is an approved and recognised user of the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safety Stamp.*

The South African government announced on 16 September 2020 that the country’s borders will reopen for tourism on 1 October 2020. Travel to and from certain high-risk countries (to be confirmed) will be limited. Only one land border post and three international airports – OR Tambo, King Shaka and Cape Town – will reopen to international travellers.

Date of reopening

  • 1 October 2020

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols

  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test result on arrival, conducted within 72 hours of arrival in South Africa.
  • Visitors will be requested to download a government contact-notification app on arrival.

Mandatory quarantine

  • Travellers arriving without a negative COVID-19 test result will be required to quarantine at their own cost.
  • All travellers will be screened on arrival and those who show any symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to quarantine until they test negative for COVID-19.

Airlines flying into the destination

  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Air France

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Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – Namibia

Posted on August 24th, 2020 by Overland Africa

-Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – Namibia – Updated 22 September 2020 –

Namibia

Namibia announced new implementation protocols that will guide the country’s international tourism revival initiative. These protocols will come into effect from 1 September 2020, which will signal the reopening of Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek to international visitors. Entry to Namibia will only be allowed via this airport.

Open for international travel

  • Yes

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols

  • All passengers arriving on international flights must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result, conducted within 72 hours of boarding the plane.
  • All arriving travellers must submit their full itinerary on arrival.

Mandatory quarantine

  • Not required, but all visitors must be available for a swab test on day five (5) of their trip. You must then be reachable / contactable on day seven (7) to receive the results of the swabbing. If the result is negative, you may proceed with the rest of your itinerary. If the result is positive, you will be treated at isolation facilities authorised by the Ministry of Health and Social Services at their cost, and according to national case management guidelines.

Countries allowed to travel to the destination

  • All

Airlines flying into the destination

  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Lufthansa from 19 September 2020
  • Air Namibia
  • Eurowings from 20 September 2020
  • Qatar Airways from 1 October 2020

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Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – Rwanda

Posted on August 24th, 2020 by Overland Africa

Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – Rwanda – Updated 22 September 2020 – 

Rwanda is Open – *Approved and recognised user of the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safety Stamp.*

Tourism activities across the country resumed from 17 June 2020 and Rwanda’s airports reopened for scheduled commercial flights on 1 August 2020.

Open for international travel

  • Yes

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols

  • All travellers arriving in Rwanda must have a negative COVID-19 certificate. The only accepted test is a SARS-CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR), performed within 120 hours of departure for Rwanda. Other tests such as Rapid Diagnostics Tests (RDT) are not accepted.
  • Prior to arrival, all travellers must complete the Passenger Locator Form and upload their COVID-19 test certificate via www.rbc.gov.rw/travel.
  • All travellers departing from Rwanda must test negative for COVID-19, with the RT-PCR test performed within 120 hours before departure. The Rwanda Development Board has advised that as long as travellers depart within 120 hours of their RT-PCR test on arrival, they do not require another test.
  • Preventive measures must be followed while travelling in Rwanda: physical distancing where possible; the wearing of masks is mandatory; and temperature screenings before entering certain buildings are mandatory.

Mandatory quarantine

  • All travellers arriving in Rwanda will be screened upon entry and take a second RT-PCR test to confirm the negative results of the test done prior to arrival. You will be required to wait about 24 hours for these test results in a designated transit hotel. The Government of Rwanda has negotiated special rates at designated transit hotels for the 24-hour waiting period.

Countries allowed to travel to the destination

  • All tourists will be allowed to visit Rwanda’s attractions and destinations after testing negative for COVID-19 in two consecutive tests.

Airlines flying into the destination

  • Charter flights (individual and groups)
  • Commercial airlines from 1 August 2020
  • RwandAir, starting between Dubai and selective African routes, from 1 August 2020.

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Updated African Travel Restrictions Do to COVID-19 – Zambia

Posted on August 24th, 2020 by Overland Africa

Updated African Travel Restrictions Do to COVID-19 – Zambia- Updated 22 September 2020 –  

Zambia is open to foreign nationals and issuing visitor visas upon entry into the country. Limited domestic flight schedules are operating twice-weekly between Kenneth Kaunda International Airport and Mfuwe International Airport, and between Kenneth Kaunda and Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone.

Open for international travel

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols

Mandatory quarantine

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If Southern Africa is on your Bucket List

Posted on August 24th, 2020 by Overland Africa
If Southern Africa is on your Bucket List, the Bush is in Bloom, the Delta is in Full Flood and Vic Falls is Roaring once again…

The Kruger’s private reserves deliver Africa’s most reliable Big 5 game viewing, while Cape Town and its surrounding offer wine valleys, whale watching and the vibrant city with Table Mountain as its back drop.

Be prepared for Namibia dramatic deserts and dunes and  Botswana evergreen jewel of the Okavango Delta, lined by the rolling savannah of the Savuti and the elephant paradise of the Chobe. Don’t forget the  ‘Smoke that Thunders’ is one of the continent’s most mesmerising sights. The falls are on the mighty Zambezi river, which means you can see them from either Zambia or Zimbabwe.

Mozambique’s mainland beaches are lapped by the warm Indian Ocean where you can snorkel, laze in the sunshine or set sail on a sunset dhow cruise. When the mood takes you there are splendidly coloured coral reefs waiting to be explored on scuba diving trips.

If Southern Africa is on your Bucket List we would love to share some of our Top Tour Picks for Southern Africa
18 Day South African Explorer
Explore the spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, diverse cultures and first world norms, all topped with a healthy and invigorating climate
14 days Beach and Bush Adventure

Wildlife and wetlands of Zululand, magnificent beaches, snorkeling, diving, fishing, sun, sea and sand in Mozambique… a tropical paradise tour that includes game viewing in Kruger National Park!

20 days Cape Town to Vic Falls Camping Adventure

Cape Town to Vic Falls Camping Tour is our signature and most popular tour, the Cape Town to Victoria Falls 20 Day tour, highlights Southern Africa’s most incredible sights.

14 days Southern Africa Magic
Discover breath-taking scenery views and the wildlife of Kruger, Matobo and Chobe National Parks, to the feeling of Zambezi river spray thundering out of the Batoka Gorge at Victoria Falls, to the quiet tranquility of the Okavango Delta.

16 days Namibia Adventure Safari

This adventure covers many of the popular highlights but also includes many “off the beaten track” destinations seldom visited by mainstream tourism

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