My credit card statement finally arrived and I’ve spent approximately R14 000 on my four day trip to Vic Falls.


Below is a short breakdown of my travel expenses:

  • R7 567 for return flights from Cape to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Tickets purchased via the Travelstart website.
  • R235 on a shuttle from my apartment to the airport.
  • $30 (R 397) for a taxi from the Vic Falls airport to the falls
  • $30 entry fee to the falls on the Zimbabwean side.
  • $5 dollars (R80) for a smoothie at the Rainforest Café.
  • $10 (R133) for a taxi from the Zambian border to my hostel.
  • $20 (R 265) entry fee to falls on Zambian side.
  • R200 “tip” for accepting the offer of an unofficial guide to take me to the edge of the falls.
  • $65 (R887) for a sunset cruise. Fondly referred to as the “booze cruise” as the trip included free beverages, snacks and dinner. Note that the vegetarian fare is a rather sad affair (baked potato, coleslaw and a green salad.)
  • $165 (R2 438) for a 15 minute helicopter ride. I was lucky enough to be upgraded to a 30 minute flight.
  • $10 for an Eton Mess at the Victoria Falls Hotel.
  • $15 (R200) for a night in an 8 bed mixed dorm at Jollyboys. The free WIFI was absolutely terrible at this hostel.
  • $12 (R160) for a night in a 16 mixed dorm Jollyboys.
  • $14 (R186) for a night in a 6 man dorm at Livingstone Backpackers.


Photograph taken on the “booze cruise”.


In the end I ran out of time, and I would have loved to have gone on a daytrip from Zambia to Chobe National Park in Botswana. Next time!

A breakdown of expenses to Victoria Falls

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