Preparing For Your Trip

This year’s convening welcomes delegates travelling from across the continent and its diaspora, connected through the common mission and interest to be part of the development of philanthropy and social investment. This planning guide has been developed to assist delegates make the most of their conference experience in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

About Victoria Falls

One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Mosi-oa-Tunya, more popularly known as Victoria Falls, will provide the backdrop for the 5th edition of the African Philanthropy Conference. Since the mid-20th century, the city has been an increasingly important source of tourism to both Zambia and Zimbabwe, with an array of natural resources, activities, and amenities for visitors to enjoy.

The most known narratives are that Victoria Falls was first ‘discovered’ in 1855 by David Livingstone, or by William Cotton Oswell in 1851, or even by Father Goncalo da Silveira in the 1600s. These are the effects of colonisation that have diminished the existence of the Indigenous people, who have for centuries named the spectacular falls Mosi-oa-Tunya or the ‘Smoke that Thunders.’

Over the years, the town has developed into a source of life and income for locals of Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe, and Livingstone in Zambia. Tourism is the leading industry, with visitors enjoying a variety of adrenaline-filled and relaxing activities. These include bungee jumping, white water rafting, sunset cruises, walking along the dramatic waterfalls, exploring the surrounding national parks, and various adventure tours and excursions*. Other industries found in the town include agriculture, with major crops being tobacco and sugarcane, and manufacturing with a focus on food processing, textiles, and construction materials.

Visa requirements

The programme will take place on both the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides of Victoria Falls. As such, delegates are advised to verify visa requirement to enter both countries.

Attending the Academic presentations?

  • Zimbabwe: Double entry conference visa

Attending the practitioner sessions?

  • Zimbabwe: Double entry conference visa
  • Zambia: Single entry business visa for access to the site visits which are part of the practitioner sessions

Attending both academic and practitioner?

  • Zimbabwe: Multiple entry conference visa
  • Zambia: Single entry business visa for access to the site visits which are part of the practitioner sessions

Links to find more information and apply for your visa/s

Delegates remain responsible for the processing of their visas with the documentation provided by the organisers.

What are the Zimbabwe 3 Visa Categories?

  • Category A: Countries whose nationals do NOT require a Visa. No action required, you will be granted easy entry at any border post.
  • Category B: Countries whose nationals are granted a Zimbabwe visa at the port of entry on payment of requisite visa fees. These visas are easiest obtained on your arrival at the Airport or border post.
  • Category C: Countries whose nationals are required to apply for and obtain a Zimbabwe visa prior to travelling. You can apply for one through a Zimbabwe High Commissionin your home or neighbouring country. Another way is to apply online – click on this link Zimbabwe e-visa for details. Please note that the online system, while convenient, is not always fool proof.

Find out the Category of your country in the tables below.

Visitors from the list below DO NOT require a visa to travel to Zimbabwe

Angola
Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Botswana
Cayman Islands
Congo (DRC)
Cyprus
Fiji
Ghana
Grenada
Hong Kong
Jamaica
Kenya
Kiribati
Leeward Islands
Lesotho
Madagascar
Malaysia
Malawi
Maldives
Malta
Mauritius
Montserrat
Mozambique
Namibia
Nauru
Samoa Western
Seychelles
Singapore
Solomon Islands
South Africa
St Kitts & Nevis
St Lucia
St Vincent & The Grenadines
Swaziland
Tanzania
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Turk & Caicos Islands
Tuvalu
Uganda
Vanuatu
Zambia

Visitors from the list below are granted a Zimbabwe Visa at port of entry on payment of requisite visa fees

Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Belarus
Belgium
Bermuda
Bhutan
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Brazil
British Virgin Islands
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria
Burundi
*Canada
Cape Verde Islands
Chile
China
Comoros Islands
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Finland
France
French Guiana
French Polynesia
French West Indies
Georgia
Germany
Gibraltar
Greece
Guam
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
*Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Kazakhstan
Korea (South)
Kyrgyzstan
Kuwait
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxemburg
Macau
Macedonia
Marshall Islands
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Netherlands
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Norfolk Islands
Northern Mariana Islands
Norway
Palau Island
Palestine
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Reunion
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Samoa (America)
San Marino
Sao Tome & Principe
Senegal
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
*United Kingdom
United States of America
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vatican
Venezuela
Virgin Islands

 

Countries whose nationals are required to apply for and obtain a Zimbabwe visa prior to travelling.
Now Apply Online. Click on this link eVisa Zimbabwe.

Afghanistan
Anguilla
Bangladesh
Benin
Bolivia
Burkina Faso
Cambodia
Cameroon
Central Africa Republic
Chad
Colombia
Congo (Brazzaville)
Cote d’Voire (Ivory Coast)
Djibouti Republic
East Timore
Eritrea
Gabon
Gambia
Guinea Bissau
Guinea Conakry
Iraq
Jordan
Kosovo
Laos
Lebanon
Liberia
Libya
Mali
Mauritania
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Myanmar
Nepal
Niger
Nigeria
North Korea
Oman
Pakistan
Philippines
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Syria
Taiwan
Thailand
Togo
Tunisia
Vietnam
Yemen

Local airport

Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) is the recommended arrival airport. It is here where you will be welcomed by local community dancers, who offer a taste of the energy and hospitality that the city offers.

Preferred Accommodation

The conference will be hosted at the Elephant Hills Resort. This is Victoria Falls’ premier venue for large-scale events, which frequently hosts dignitaries from across the continent and travellers from around the globe. The hotel has offered a discounted rate of USD175.00 Bed and breakfast. Simply register for the conference and send your full booking details to reservations@ehr.africansun.co.zw.

Elephant Hills Resort offers the following facilities:

  • High-speed Wi-Fi
  • On-site mini gym
  • Pools and garden
  • Children’s play area

Hotel transfers

A shuttle will be available for delegates arriving for the Academic Conference, landing at Victoria Falls Airport on the 28th of July, and the 30th of July for delegates arriving for the Main conference.

A departure airport shuttle will be available on the afternoons of 2nd and 3rd of August, transporting delegates from Elephant Hills Resort to Victoria Falls Airport.

Should a delegate require a shuttle service outside of these available options, this will be for their own cost and arrangement. The hotel can assist with taxi services, which cost an average of $20 to $30 from the resort to the airport.

There is no public transport, or Uber services, but the hotel offers free shuttle services to the town centre and rainforest and back at various times of the day.

Interpretation

Simultaneous interpretation services will be available in English and French throughout the programme. Convening documents are available in English, French, Portuguese, and Arabic.