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Latest Victoria Falls info from our partners on the ground, Wild Horizons
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.

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.

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.

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
  • FastJet – flies Harare to Bulawayo return every Monday, Wednesday and Friday

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

Requirements On Arrival

  • All passengers are required to complete a COVID-19 contact-tracing document on arrival.
  • All passengers arriving at Victoria Falls Airport are required to present a negative PCR COVID-19 Clearance Certificate obtained within 48 hours before departure, in line with WHO Guidelines. If officials believe a traveller to be symptomatic, they may be required to undergo a further PCR test on arrival, regardless of the negative certificate. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, a fever and a dry cough.
  • An Airport Official will take passengers’ temperatures. Anyone recording a temperature equal to or higher than 38°C will be tested for COVID-19.
  • Travellers that test positive will then be required to go into local isolation for 10 days if they have no symptoms, or 13 days if they are symptomatic. Isolation is at the traveller's own expense.
  • After quarantine, travellers will need to be retested before they are permitted to travel home or on to their next destination.
  • Travellers are to adhere to WHO COVID-19 standard practices at all times, such as maintaining social distancing, wearing a mask and practicing personal hygiene.

Frequently Asked Questions  

  • Are COVID-19 PCR tests available for international travellers?
    • Yes, tests are available at all International Airports and most clinics and hospitals throughout the country.
  •  What types of tests are available?
    •  PCR and Rapid Diagnostic tests
  •  What is the cost of each test?
    •  PCR test is $60 Rapid test is $15
  •  How long does it take to get the results on departure?
    •  PCR and Rapid Diagnostic tests are available within 3 hours
  • Can the test be taken at Victoria Falls Airport, or must they be done at the hospital?
    • Testing is available at Victoria Falls Airport and the Health Bridge Clinic in Victoria Falls.
  • Can I be tested at a Wild Horizons lodge?
    • In addition to extensive new health and safety protocols, travellers staying at the Wild Horizons luxury lodges will have the option of an in-house COVID-19 PCR test that can deliver results within 3 hours. Whether they require the test for onward travel or simple peace of mind, travellers can arrange this with the lodge management team for $60 per person.
  • What will happen if a traveller gets infected while in the country?
    • They are required to go into an isolation centre for 10 days if they have no COVID-19 symptoms or 13 days if they are symptomatic. This will be at the traveller’s own expense.

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?
    • Yes
  •  What types of tests are available?
    •  PCR Nasopharynx test
  •  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?
    •  Approximately 5 days
  •  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.
 
Kind Regards,
The Wild Horizons Team