Planning a trip to Africa soon and looking for the best valued accommodation option in Victoria Falls? Well, you have come to the right place. This blog is going to dive deep into how travelling on a budget to Victoria Falls is not only possible but also extremely easy when you opt to stay at Shearwater’s Explorers Village. This is where I spent a few nights when I visited this amazing little town for myself.
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Why visit Victoria Falls:
If you are planning a trip to Victoria Falls then chances are you already know that one of the seven natural wonders of the world is located smack bang in the middle of town. This makes for an exciting location to visit for almost any sort of traveller, whether you like nature, adrenaline activities (more on this below), wildlife or relaxing Victoria Falls has it all.
It is also set up well for tourists as it is one of the main tourist destinations in Africa. It has the nearby countries of Zambia and Botswana that are also popular destinations in their own right and offers people travelling on a budget to Victoria Falls with the opportunity to see more than one desired destination in a single trip.
Find out more travel advice about Victoria Falls and learn helpful tips for travelling cheaper in this gorgeous location.
How to get to Victoria Falls:
As mentioned above there is no shortage of tourists heading to this tiny but interesting African town and this means that there are now plenty of easy options for how to get to Victoria Falls. There are actually two Airports close to the town which gives you the chance to fly straight into Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side or even the option to start or finish your holiday in Zambia by using the Livingstone Airport.
Airports near Victoria Falls:
The Victoria Falls airport is located 20km away from the main city centre and indeed Shearwater’s Explorers Village itself. It is possible to grab a taxi when you arrive at the airport or if you are travelling on a budget to Victoria Falls then the best and most affordable option is to have your accommodation organise a shuttle bus transfer for your arrival, departure or both.
The Livingstone airport is actually located across the Zambezi River in Zambia. It is an easy border crossing to pass through but does require a separate visa so it is the best option only if you plan to spend any or all your time visiting the falls on the Zambezi River side. I would encourage all visitors to spend most of their time on the Zimbabwe side to ensure you gain access to the best views and more activities.
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Arriving at Victoria Falls by Safari:
The other popular way people find themselves in Victoria Falls is by completing some form of safari tour or self-driving safari. A lot of the company tours either start, finish or stopover and stay multiple nights in Victoria Falls.
If you are planning a safari that is starting or ending in Victoria Falls I would try and allow 3-4 extra days here to see the most of what is available. Some quality safari tour companies I would recommend are found on Viator or GetYourGuide. The other option is to book directly with respected companies such as G Adventures.
I have done most of the hard work for you in regards to finding great safari tours that include time in Victoria Falls. You just need to decide how long you can travel for and what other parts of Zimbabwe or Africa you want to include.
The best valued accommodation option in Victoria Falls:
This is the moment all of you that are travelling on a budget to Victoria Falls have been waiting for, the best valued accommodation option in Victoria Falls. This accommodation really ticks all the boxes your possible looking for when trying to find value, comfort and location.
Shearwater’s Explorers Village accommodation is the destination I constantly suggest to anyone heading to Victoria Falls. It is clean, located in a great area, has a crew of friendly and welcoming staff that go above and beyond to ensure you have a great stay, offers a dining restaurant, gives you the choice of different accommodation options to suit almost any travellers style and can offer assistance with any activity or transport you desire in and around the area.
Location of Shearwater’s Explorers Village
Location is as important as anything when booking the right accommodation, too far away from the action and you are spending time or money on transport rather than sightseeing, in a noisy area and you are forever tired the whole trip and the list goes on.
Shearwater’s Explorers Village is located smack bang in the middle of town just down a small laneway from the main street. It is because of this that the noise is minimal yet the action is only a few metres from your front door. All the best restaurants in Victoria Falls are located not too far away and the entry to Victoria Falls themselves is only 1km walkway via an easy and safe path.
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Shearwater’s Explorers Village offers a selection of accommodation options tailed to almost any traveller while also offering the best valued accommodation option in Victoria Falls. You can choose to get down and dirty (not literally dirty) by bringing your own tent or use an onsite pre-erected camping tent, scale up to the more comfortable twin or double rooms or spoil yourself completely while still travelling on a budget to Victoria Falls with their choice of chalet-style deluxe rooms. No matter what your budget and expectations are I’m sure you can find the best accommodation in Victoria Falls right here with all your requirements.
Bring your own tent
If you are really travelling on a budget to Victoria Falls then you might be travelling with your own tent and camping equipment. If that is the case, you can find four specially designed areas with shaded and sheltered concrete slabs waiting for you to erect your tent on.
The area also has access to multiple power sockets, there own camp kitchen with BBQ facilities, covered dining area, sinks for washing dirty dishes, separate clothes drying areas and even access to a cold shower (perfect for a hot summer’s day).
You will also have access to the communal hot showers and toilet facilities that are cleaned daily. The area here underwent a full renovation only a couple of years ago so expect everything to be new and comfortable.
The pre-erected tents
If wanting to stay to a budget but don’t have the option of carrying all your own gear then the pre-erected tent option is a big money saver. I believe the word “Glamping” is more appropriate for these rooms.
Inside the tents you have a fully carpeted floor, two twin beds that are built to suspend above the concrete slabs and ground, a bedside table with a lamp and access to a power socket. The bed has a comfortable mattress, clean linen and blanket as well as a pillow.
You will have all the same facilities outside the tent as mentioned above.
Twin or double rooms
The twin and double rooms again offer a jump in both style and comfort. They provide great protection from whatever the African weather is doing outside. You will have an air conditioner, ensuite bathroom, comfortable bed that suits your needs (twin or double) and access to a patio area that is yours to relax in at any time you please.
You will also receive daily housekeeping (if desired) and breakfast each morning in the onsite restaurant.
The Chalet option is the cream of the crop when it comes to what is on offer at Shearwater’s Explorers Village. The rooms are laid out similar to the twin or double rooms mentioned above with that extra touch of luxury and style.
The furnishings are that little bit more luxuries and the setting more privately located on the property. I honestly believe this is the best valued accommodation option in Victoria Falls if you are a couple and looking for a beautiful room at an exceptional price.
Get the latest prices on all of the above accommodation styles.
When is peak tourist season
As with every location in the world, there are better times to visit a location than others, the best time to visit Victoria Falls, this often gets reflected with accommodation prices as well. Victoria Falls is no different and the time you visit really depends on what you are looking for from your personal experience.
The busiest time of year
The peak season in Victoria Falls is usually between June to August and January to March. The reason it has two busy periods is that some people want different experiences when visiting Victoria Falls. If your sole reason for visiting is to see one of the seven natural wonders of the world in full flow then look to book your holiday between the period of January to March or even into April, if you want to fly over at the best time with a helicopter, as this is when the waterfall is at its biggest. It’s the rainy season upriver from the waterfall and once in full flow mist spray has been recorded visible up to 48km away. Be prepared to get wet if visiting towards the back end of this period and also be aware that the best way to see the waterfall from March-April is by air.
The other period from June to August is best if you are wanting more from your vacation than just viewing the waterfall itself. This is because not too far away from Victoria Falls is the border of Botswana and the impressive Chobe National Park.
Here you can do river cruises where you get up close and personal with crocodiles, hippos and other incredible varieties of African wildlife or spend a day doing a game drive spotting lions, elephants and giraffes. I even spent the night camping inside the National Park here and it is an experience I couldn’t recommend highly enough. Victoria Falls itself is still flowing strongly enough at this period as well but it begins to slow down from the end of April as the rainy season finishes.
When not to visit Victoria Falls
The only time of year I would encourage people to try and avoid if possible is the months of October and November. This is because it is in the middle to end of the dry season and the waterfall is at its lowest. The Zambian side of the falls has the ability to dry up completely and leave you with just a rock face to observe, not the image you want from Victoria Falls I’m sure.
FYI, the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls has a consistent flow of water all year round (unless facing a HUGE drought) but this too does fluctuate and become less impressive this time of the year.
Other facilities that ensure Shearwater’s Explorers Village stay ahead of the pack as the best accommodation in Victoria Falls include the relaxing pool area, lounge bar and restaurant facilities open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, activity booking station onsite, free reliable Wi-Fi and even an onsite spa facility for those that want to look and feel their best in all the Instagram worthy travel pictures you’re sure to be taking.
If you would like to know more about the restaurant on site just head to the best restaurants in Victoria Falls blog.
Activities close to Shearwater’s Explorers Village
Below is a small list of the incredible activities you can choose from when in Victoria Falls. On arrival at Shearwater’s Explorers Village, they will even give you the option to sit down and watch a quick video detailing all the amazing things on offer in the region.
If you want you can book all activities at the booking station at the hotel or investigate options along the main street for yourself, they don’t push you to book any tours from them. I highly suggest rafting the Zambezi River and heading to Chobe National Park.
- White Water Rafting on the Zambezi River
- Zambezi River Canoeing Trips at Vic Falls
- Abseiling at Vic Falls
- Helicopter & Microlight Flights over Vic Falls – Flight of Angels
- Victoria Falls Canopy Tours
- Tandem Skydiving at Victoria Falls
- High Wire Activities – Zipline, Gorge Swing & Flying Fox
- Bungee Jumping at Victoria Falls
- Devil’s Pool – Swim on the Edge of Victoria Falls
Tame and Family Friendly Options
- Cultural boma dinner & village tour
- Chobe National Park Safari
- Vic Falls Helicopter Flight of Angels
- Horse-riding Safaris at Vic Falls
- Visit Victoria Falls waterfall
- Traditional Village Tour
- Zambezi River Sunset Boat Cruises above Vic Falls
- Half-day Zambezi Canoeing Trip
- Wildlife Safaris at Vic Falls & Chobe Day Trips
Read more details on either the adrenaline options or tame and family friendly options and choose the ones that interest you. This place really has all sorts of fun adventures to experience no matter if you are on a solo adventure trip or a relaxing holiday with your family.
Other things to know about Victoria Falls
While visiting here was an amazing and unforgettable experience, it was also a trip that required a lot of forwarding planning and a good amount of research. Luckily for you, I have a good resource of information on this website and most of the hard work is done for you.
Whether you are looking to find out visa information, the best activities to do, money planning issues, vaccinations required, safari options or places to eat I’ve done the research for you. Find everything you need to know about organising and planning a trip to Victoria Falls right here.
If there is something I don’t cover with enough information or something you would like added please mention it in the comments section below. I want to provide everyone who visits Aussieinwanderlust with as much assistance as possible.
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Organise Your Trip: Travel Advice and Tricks I Personally Use
Book Your Flight
Heading to either Skyscanner or Momondo are my methods of choice for this. They are my favourite as they search for flights from different companies all over the world. You can filter the results to suit your needs and ensure you land the best price every-time.
Book Your Accommodation
This is an important part of any holiday you’re going on. Read all the reviews and get the right accommodation via TripAdvisor. They even show you the best prices available at the time for that room from suppliers like Booking.com.For booking a hostel your best bet is to start with HostelWorld or possible even use CouchSurfing if you’re on a real budget.
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Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance is a must these days so you have a piece of mind you’re covered for anything that could go wrong while on your trip. I now never go on a trip away without travel insurance. I’ve been using World Nomads for the past few years.
My favourite companies that offer the best service and value are:
- World Nomads (little more expensive but covers everything)
- SafetyWing (cheaper option to just cover you for health issues)
Looking for the best companies to save money with?
As I have been travelling frequently over the last few years I’ve learnt some great tools to use for saving money when travelling. I have a travel resource page that lists all the trusted companies I personally use and rely on. I think you will find them good as well.
The Best Place To Book Your Tours
If you are someone you likes to have the best tours in one place and read reviews from other travellers about their personal experiences of each different tour then the best platform to use is GetYourGuide.
They offer the best tours, have money-back offers in case your trip is cancelled and ensure the price of each tour is the lowest possible.
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