Latest News From Victoria Falls
After months of lockdown, Southern Africa is stirring to life and domestic and international flights have resumed in Zimbabwe. The re-opening of International Airports is a defining moment for the travel industry, and Wild Horizons has all the essential information you need to start planning your safari in Africa's Adventure Capital.
The SA/Zim border may see shorter queues, as the Kazungula bridge opens Monday!
The bridge has been five years in the making, and the Botswana department of transport and communications announced that it will be open for business as of Monday 11TH May 2021. Spanning the Zambezi river, the bridge should have a significant impact on South Africa, relieving congestion at the Beitbridge border.
Currently, truckers moving goods from South Africa to Lusaka must travel via Zimbabwe, crossing Beitbridge at the border between Limpopo and its Northern neighbour. But with the new bridge at Kazungula, South Africans can travel via Botswana, bypassing the Beitbridge crossing – and Zimbabwe – altogether.
Getting to Victoria Falls
Although our land borders remain closed for the time being, Zimbabwe’s domestic flights resumed on the 10th of September and our International Airports re-opened on the 1st of October. Schedules change on a regular basis and therefore we urge you to check with the airlines for the most up-to-date information.
Regional Flights to Victoria Falls
- FastJet – will start flying directly from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls from 1 December 2020 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Return flights start from R5500 pp including airport taxes. to book flights go to https://www.fastjet.com/en
Domestic Flights to Victoria Falls
- Air Zimbabwe – flies Harare to Victoria Falls return every Monday, Wednesday and Friday
- FastJet – flies Harare to Victoria Falls return every Thursday and Sunday
International Flights to Victoria Falls
- Ethiopian Airlines – flies Addis Ababa to Victoria Falls via Ndola on Wednesdays and Saturdays
- Kenya Airways – will fly Nairobi to Victoria Falls return on Mondays and Thursdays – effective from the 14th of December.
International Flights to Harare
- Emirates – flies Dubai to Harare return twice a week
- Ethiopian Airlines – flies Addis to Harare return daily
- SA Airlink – flies Johannesburg to Harare return daily
- SA Airlink – will commence return flights between Johannesburg and Bulawayo on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays effective on the 13th of October
Country entry Covid requirements
Entry Requirements for International Travellers
- All passengers entering Zimbabwe from an international destination are required to have:
- A negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test certification, obtained not more than 48 hours before boarding.
- A completed Health Questionnaire, which will be provided in-flight.
- You should expect to undergo COVID-19 symptom screening upon arrival at the airport. If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 you will be required to quarantine and adhere to any additional directives from
- the relevant health authority.
- Lancet Clinical Laboratories have set-up a laboratory test site at the Victoria Falls Airport in order to provide Covid-19 PCR Tests for travellers arriving into the tourism hub of Zimbabwe.
- As per the Ministry of Health and Child Care requirements, all regional and international travellers arriving into Zimbabwe will be required to produce a negative Covid-19 certificate issued 48 hours or less of their
- arrival date. If a traveller is unable to produce a negative Covid-19 certificate, or is displaying Covid-19 symptoms, then they will be required to undergo a PCR test on arrival at a cost of USD 70 per test.
- Lancet Clinical Laboratories has pledged to deliver PCR results within 2 hours for both arriving and departing travellers.
- Passengers testing positive on a Covid-19 PCR test will be required to go into isolation and will be advised by Port Health under Ministry of Health and Child Care.
Entry Requirements for International Travellers
All passengers entering South Africa from an international destination are required to have:
- A negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test certification, obtained not more than 72 hours before date of travel. This can be done at Lancet Clinical Laboratories in Victoria Falls
- The COVID Alert South Africa mobile app (available from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
- You will need to complete a Health Questionnaire upon arrival, as prescribed by the relevant authorities at the airport. You should expect to undergo COVID-19 symptom screening upon arrival at the airport. If
- during the symptom screening procedures, you display any symptoms of COVID-19 you will be required to quarantine and adhere to any additional directives from the relevant health authority.
If you do not have a valid negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate you will be required to remain in mandatory quarantine at your own cost.
Getting to Zambia
Zambia was one of the first countries in Southern Africa to open international borders, and air access resumed in June. Please note schedules change on a regular basis so we urge you to check with the relevant airlines for the most up to date flight details.
International Flights to Livingstone
- Kenya Airways – flies from Nairobi to Livingstone twice a week on Sunday and Tuesday.
- Kenya Airways – flies from Cape Town to Livingstone return twice a week on Sunday and Tuesday
Domestic Flights to Livingstone
- Proflight – flies from Lusaka to Livingstone on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday
International Flights to Lusaka
- Ethiopian – flies via Addis Ababa to Lusaka daily
- Emirates – return flights to Lusaka from Dubai will operate on Fridays and Saturdays
- Proflight – flies from Lusaka to Johannesburg six times a week, every day excluding Saturday
- Rwandair – flies Lusaka to London (Heathrow) twice a week (via Kigale and Brussels) on Monday and Friday
Requirements On Arrival Upon arrival, an airport official will take each traveller’s temperature, which should not be equal to or above 38°C. Each passenger needs to be carrying the following:
- A Negative COVID-19 PCR test, written in English and taken within 14 days before arrival in Zambia.
- A face mask.
- A health questionnaire, filled in onboard to be presented to health staff at the airport.
- Passengers showing symptoms, such as coughing or high temperature, may be isolated for further screening and testing.
- Tourists are to maintain WHO COVID-19 safety measures whilst in Zambia such as maintaining physical distance, wearing a mask and practicing personal hygiene.
- Tourists are to monitor themselves for 14 days post-arrival and report any symptoms immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Are COVID-19 PCR tests available for international travellers?
- What types of tests are available?
- What is the cost of each test?
- USD 150 per COVID-19 PCR test
- How long does it take to get the results on departure?
- Can the test be taken at LVI Airport?
- The airport will only take and record temperatures. COVID-19 PCR testing is done at the Livingstone Teaching Central Hospital and then sent to Lusaka for verification.
- What will happen if a traveller gets infected while in the country?
- They are required to go into an isolation center for 10 days. This will be at the traveller’s own expense.
Wild Horizons COVID-19 Protocols
Over the last few months, we have implemented extensive new health and safety protocols to protect both our staff and our travellers. Our 'Golden Rules of Prevention' are measures that have been put in place across the board for our activities and lodges. For a more detailed analysis of product-specific protocols, please view the following documents for Activities, Tour & Transfers; African Odyssey; Our Lodges and The Wild Horizons Lookout Café.
If you have any additional questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
The Wild Horizons Team