Mnangagwa Opens Victoria Falls to Fully Vaccinated Tourists

The President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa has given greenlight to the opening of popular tourism destination Victoria Falls to visitors who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Late Tuesday after a Cabinet meeting, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa told reporters that the government had resolved to lift a lid on Victoria Falls, the tallest waterfall in the world and the country’s top tourism destination.

“[The] Cabinet acceded to a request by the tourism industry to open the Victoria Falls and Kazungula Border posts to tourists who are fully vaccinated. This is in view of the realization that over 60% of the population in Victoria Falls has been vaccinated. The lockdown measures, however, are being enforced throughout the country in order to curtail a surge under the third wave of COVID-19,” Mutsvangwa said.

In early May, Botswana and Zambia in Southern Africa officially opened the US $260m Kazungula bridge.

Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi and Zambian President Edgar Lungu presided over the ceremony to mark the opening of Kazungula.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Felix Tshisekedi, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi and Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa also attended the ceremony.