The CCDA-V conference will be held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe from the 28th-30th October 2015. The venue will be the Elephant Hills Resort, where some of the participants will also stay.
Elephant hills hotel and resort is situated on a small hill overlooking the Zambezi River, 4km upstream from the Victoria Falls with advanced conferencing amenities for upto 500 participants.
ClimDev-Africa has reserved a number of hotels to accommodate participants. Participants can stay at any of the hotels where arrangements have been made. The list of the hotels is attached in appendix I.
Participants will be responsible for settling their hotel bills including accommodation, meals, telephone, Internet/fax, room service, mini-bar and laundry.
Some participants will be accommodated across the border in hotels located in Livingstone, which is a few minutes drive from Victoria Falls.
In Addis Ababa:
African Climate Policy center (ACPC)
Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Mr. Washington Zhakata
Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Management
Climate Change Office
Tel: +263 712 331 339
The application of an entry visa to the Republic of Zimbabwe is the responsibility of each participant. The Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate will only assist participants to obtain visas by sending official invitation letters, where required, but participants are requested to contact the Zimbabwean Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in their country of residence for any information on this subject.
All travelers arriving in Zimbabwe should have a valid passport. Zimbabwe has three (3) Visa categories, namely A, B and C.
There are three categories of countries in the visa process. Category A do not need visas to enter Zimbabwe, while Category B nationals can obtain a visa on arrival on paying visa fees. Category C nationals are required to obtain a visa on arrival. Countries in the three countries are provided in Appendix II.
To process a visa for entry into Zimbabwe, please open the e-visa website at https://www.evisa.gov.zw. Note that on average, it takes 2-3 days to obtain an online visa.
To comply with the import customs regulations of the Government of Zimbabwe, conference participants should declare laptops and conference equipment they may carry with them when entering the country.
Participants are required to register and obtain identification badges prior to the opening of the meeting. There will be a documentation and registration desk at the reception located at the Elephant Hills Hotel, where participants can register and receive an information package.
For identification and security reasons, all participants are requested to wear the meeting badge all the times during the meeting.
The Conference working languages will be English and French. Simultaneous interpretation will be available in these languages.
The organizers have arranged for shuttle buses for airport transfers. If you would like to use the bus provided by the organizers to travel from Victoria Falls airport to the CCDA-V venue and back but are not sponsored, kindly complete an online form to indicate your travel itinerary. The form is provided at http://www.climdev-africa.org/ccda5/localtransport
Buses will be available to provide daily transportation from all block booked hotels to the conference venue.
DSA will be provided to sponsored participants in Victoria Falls at the conference venue (exact place and time will be announced at the conference).
Visitors to Zimbabwe should be in possession of a valid vaccination certificate for yellow fever. Ebola checks will be done at the point of entry. Participants should ensure that routine vaccinations are up to date, including hepatitis A, rabies and typhoid.
In case of accident or illness during the meeting, the participant must immediately inform a member of the Organizing Committee through the contact persons. Participants should ensure that they are adequately insured against illness, accident, temporary disability etc. ECA does not assume any responsibility or liability for such risks.
Below is the list of a few clinics in Victoria Falls:
T.H.B. Private Hospital
Victoria Falls Medical Center
+263 13 43356
Zimbabwean operates a multi-currency system. United States Dollars (USD), South African Rand (ZAR), British Pound Sterling, Euro and Botswana Pula are legal tender, although most transactions are in US Dollars. Credit & Debit Cards: American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted in Zimbabwe. ATMs are widely available.
Participants are advised to bring an adequate supply of hard currency or travellers-cheques.
Bank working Hours:
8.00am- 4.00pm Monday to Friday.
8.00am – 12,00noon Saturday.
Closed Sundays and public holidays
The Government of Zimbabwe will provide 24 hour security for all the VIPs. All hotels and conference venues will be manned by the police. Zimbabwe is a peaceful country. Like any other tourist resort town around the world, visitors are discouraged from venturing into unlit area. Please read the security information provided by your hotel for your personal safety. Note also that Victoria Falls is a resort town located in a National Park with wildlife
Victoria Falls town is located to the extreme North-West of Zimbabwe at an altitude of 930m above sea level. In October, the town enjoys hot daytime temperatures as high as 36°C and as cool as 15°C early morning. Humidity ranges from 25% on dry days and 100% when there are afternoon or evening showers, especially during the last half of the month. Winds are generally North-Easterly and light to moderate i.e. from 5 to 10 knots.
Zimbabwe time zone is GMT+3
Electricity supply in Zimbabwe is 220-240 volts, 50 cycles AC accessible via 13-amp, three square pin (United Kingdom) socket. An image of this socket type is included below.
Econet, Telecel and Netone are the main mobile Telecommunication Companies in Zimbabwe which offer SIM cards with pre-charged airtime. The cost of a 3G SIM card is 2 USD . Participants will require their passport when purchasing a SIM card from authorized stores.
Zimbabwe has roaming convention with many countries.
Victoria Falls is a town in the province of Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe. It lies on the southern bank of the Zambezi River at the western end of the Victoria Falls themselves. It is connected by road and railway to Hwange (109 km away) and Bulawayo (440 km away), both to the south-east.
According to the 2012 Population Census, the town had a population of 33,060. Victoria Falls Airport is located 18 km south of the town and has international services to Johannesburg and Namibia.
Hotels with special arrangements with ACPC (and special rate for participants):
Elephant Hill Hotel
Victoria Falls Hotel
Cresta Spray view Hotel
Category A: no visa required
1 Antigua & Barbuda
8 Congo (DRC)
12 Hong Kong
13 Hong Kong (China)
17 Leeward Isl
27 New Zealand
28 Samoa Western
30 Solomon Isle
31 St Kitts
32 St Lucia
33 St Vincent & The Grenadies
37 Trinidad & Tobago
38 Turk & Caicos Islands
Category B: visa on arrival countries upon paying visa fee
9 Czech Republic
10 Cook Island
12 Dominic Rep
25 Korea (South)
32 New Zealand
34 Palau Islands
36 Papua New Guinea
39 Puerto Rico
47 United Kingdom
48 United States of America
50 Virgin Islands
Category C: visa must be obtained prior to travel (via online application)
16 Burkina Faso
19 Cape Verde Islands
20 Central Africa Republic
25 Comoros Islands
26 Congo (Brazaville)
27 Costa Rica
30 Cote d'Voire
33 Djibouti Republic
35 El Salvador
36 Equatorial Guinea
41 French Guiana
42 French Polynesia
43 French West Indies
51 Guinea Bissau
60 Korea (DPRK)
71 Mashall Islands
80 New Caledonia
83 Norfolk Islands
84 Northern Mariana Isl.
96 Samoa (America)
97 San Marino
98 Sao Tome
99 Saudi Arabia
102 Sierra Leone
104 Sri Lanka
118 Yemen Republic