35 days in Zimbabwe Itinerary

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Fly to Victoria Falls International Airport, Drive to Hwange National Park
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Hwange National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Matobo National Park - The Matopos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bulawayo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Gweru
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chimanimani
— 1 night
Drive
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Mutare
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nyanga
— 2 nights
Drive
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Harare
— 9 nights
Fly
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Victoria Falls
— 9 nights
Drive to Livingstone, Fly to Manchester

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Hwange National Park — 2 nights

Change things up with a short trip to Painted Dog Conservation in Hwange (about 58 minutes away). Spend the 4th (Wed) exploring nature at Hwange National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hwange National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Manchester, UK to Hwange National Park is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in January, expect Hwange National Park to be warmer, temps between 33°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Matobo National Park - The Matopos.
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Matobo National Park - The Matopos — 2 nights

On the 6th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Matobo Hills. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on African Wanderer Safaris and then don't miss a visit to Cecil Rhode's Burial Place.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Matobo National Park - The Matopos journey builder site.

Traveling by car from Hwange National Park to Matobo National Park - The Matopos takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. January in Matobo National Park - The Matopos sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bulawayo.
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Bulawayo — 4 nights

A vacation in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second-largest city, offers a pleasant base for wider explorations of some of the country's national parks and game reserves.
Bulawayo is known for museums, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Matobo National Park, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, examine the collection at Bulawayo Railway Museum, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Ride Zimbabwe.

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Traveling by car from Matobo National Park - The Matopos to Bulawayo takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gweru.
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Gweru — 2 nights

Gweru is a city near the centre of Zimbabwe. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at St Theresa Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Antelope Park and then make a trip to Danamombe.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Gweru trip planner.

Getting from Bulawayo to Gweru by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Chimanimani.
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Chimanimani — 1 night

Chimanimani District is a mountainous area in the province of Manicaland, eastern Zimbabwe. On the 14th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls and then stroll around Chimanimani Mountains National Park.

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Getting from Gweru to Chimanimani by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. January in Chimanimani sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mutare.
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Mutare — 2 nights

Zimbabwe's third-largest city, Mutare is surrounded by hills and allows you to experience a relaxed rural-type atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get great views at Prince of Wales View and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Catholic Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: play a few rounds at Leopard Rock Golf and Country Club and then try your luck at Leopard Rock Casino.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mutare tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Chimanimani to Mutare in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nyanga.
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Nyanga — 2 nights

Nyanga is a town in Zimbabwe. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Nyangani and then don't miss a visit to World's View. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Inyangombe Falls and then take in the dramatic scenery at Mtarazi Falls.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nyanga road trip planning site.

You can drive from Mutare to Nyanga in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Harare.
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Harare — 9 nights

Sunshine City

Regarded as the nation's leading commercial, financial, and communications center, Harare attracts tourists with its modern architecture mixed with British colonial influence and traditional African flair.
Step out of Harare to go to Wedza and see Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mukuvisi Woodlands, take in nature's colorful creations at National Botanical Gardens, don't miss a visit to Raintree Venue, and walk around Lake Chivero Recreational Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Harare trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nyanga to Harare takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can fly to Victoria Falls.
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Victoria Falls — 9 nights

Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
Spend the 30th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. On the 2nd (Thu), spend a relaxing day on the river with a rafting and tubing tour. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and snap pictures at Victoria Falls Bridge.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Victoria Falls online trip maker.

Getting from Harare to Victoria Falls by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Harare in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Victoria Falls, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.
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Zimbabwe travel guide

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Tourism in Zimbabwe experienced a boost after the country's turbulent recent history seemed to settle down. Waterfalls, "Big Five" national parks, and the Eastern Highlands provide contrasting but complementary images of southern Africa, with the growing tourism infrastructure helping visitors see the best of what the country offers. Though corruption and unemployment remain everyday problems, the vast majority of Zimbabweans are a welcoming bunch, proud of the natural riches and culture of their hopeful country.
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