42 days in Zimbabwe Itinerary

42 days in Zimbabwe Itinerary

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Fly to Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport, Drive to Matobo National Park - The Matopos
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Matobo National Park - The Matopos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bulawayo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Gweru
— 2 nights
Drive
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Masvingo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chimanimani
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mutare
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nyanga
— 2 nights
Drive
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Harare
— 10 nights
Drive
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Kariba
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Mlibizi, Drive to Hwange, Train to Hwange National Park
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Hwange National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Victoria Falls
— 8 nights
Drive to Livingstone, Fly to Exeter

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Matobo National Park - The Matopos — 2 nights

Matobo National Park - The Matopos is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see exotic creatures in open habitats at African Wanderer Safaris, don't miss a visit to Cecil Rhode's Burial Place, and explore the striking landscape at Matobo Hills.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Matobo National Park - The Matopos online trip maker.

Exeter, UK to Matobo National Park - The Matopos is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Exeter to Matobo National Park - The Matopos, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. May in Matobo National Park - The Matopos sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bulawayo.
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Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:

Bulawayo — 5 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 striking landscape of Matobo National Park, explore the ancient world of Khami Ruins, admire the striking features of Nesbitt Castle, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bulawayo road trip website.

Traveling by car from Matobo National Park - The Matopos to Bulawayo takes 1.5 hours. May in Bulawayo sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Gweru.
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Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Tours
Find places to stay May 5 — 10:

Gweru — 2 nights

Gweru is a city near the centre of Zimbabwe. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St Theresa Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Danamombe and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Antelope Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Gweru journey planner.

Traveling by car from Bulawayo to Gweru takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Masvingo.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 10 — 12:

Masvingo — 2 nights

Masvingo is a town in south-eastern Zimbabwe and the capital of Masvingo Province. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stroll around Kyle Recreational Park and then explore the ancient world of Great Zimbabwe National Monument.

To see maps and more tourist information, you can read our Masvingo trip planner.

Getting from Gweru to Masvingo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 11°C. You'll set off for Chimanimani on the 14th (Sat).
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Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:

Chimanimani — 2 nights

Chimanimani District is a mountainous area in the province of Manicaland, eastern Zimbabwe. On the 15th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chimanimani Mountains National Park and then admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): take in the views from Birchenough Bridge.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Chimanimani day trip website.

You can drive from Masvingo to Chimanimani in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Chimanimani when traveling from Masvingo in May, with lows around 15°C. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mutare.
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Parks · Nature
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

Mutare — 3 nights

Zimbabwe's third-largest city, Mutare is surrounded by hills and allows you to experience a relaxed rural-type atmosphere.
Mutare is known for golf, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tee off at Leopard Rock Golf and Country Club, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Catholic Cathedral, get great views at Prince of Wales View, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Vumba Botanical Gardens and Reserve.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mutare day trip app.

Traveling by car from Chimanimani to Mutare takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Chimanimani in May since evenings lows in Mutare dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nyanga.
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Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Parks · Golf
Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

Nyanga — 2 nights

Nyanga is a town in Zimbabwe. On the 20th (Fri), make a trip to World's View and then admire the sheer force of Inyangombe Falls. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Nyangani and then take in the dramatic scenery at Mtarazi Falls.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nyanga trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mutare to Nyanga takes 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Nyanga are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Harare.
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Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:

Harare — 10 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.
Harare is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuimba Shiri Bird Sanctuary, soothe aching muscles at Amara's Health Spa, explore the galleries of Shona Sculpture Gallery, and look for gifts at Sam Levy's Village.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Harare trip site.

Traveling by car from Nyanga to Harare takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In May, daytime highs in Harare are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Kariba.
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Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 21 — 31:

Kariba — 2 nights

Kariba is a town in Mashonaland West province, Zimbabwe, located close to the Kariba Dam at the north-western end of Lake Kariba, near the Zambian border. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get great views at Kariba Heights View Point and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kariba.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kariba trip website.

You can drive from Harare to Kariba in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Harare in May, expect Kariba to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 19°C. You'll set off for Hwange National Park on the 2nd (Thu).
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Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 2:
Highlights from your trip

Hwange National Park — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stroll around Hwange National Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Painted Dog Conservation. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hwange National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Do a combination of ferry, car, and train from Kariba to Hwange National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Kariba in June, Hwange National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Victoria Falls.
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Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 4:

Victoria Falls — 8 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 7th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Victoria Falls Snake Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Victoria Falls, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Hwange National Park to Victoria Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 12:

Zimbabwe travel guide

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Waterfalls · Zipline · Bridges
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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