49 days in Zimbabwe Itinerary

49 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
— 6 nights
Drive
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Gweru
— 3 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
— 3 nights
Drive
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Harare
— 11 nights
Drive
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Kariba
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Mlibizi, Drive to Hwange, Train to Hwange National Park
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Hwange National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Victoria Falls
— 9 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, explore and take pictures at Matobo Hills, and don't miss a visit to Cecil Rhode's Burial Place.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Matobo National Park - The Matopos driving holiday planning tool.

Exeter, UK to Matobo National Park - The Matopos is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Exeter to Matobo National Park - The Matopos. In May in Matobo National Park - The Matopos, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bulawayo.
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Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:

Bulawayo — 6 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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage and Research Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at St Marys Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Nesbitt Castle.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Bulawayo day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Matobo National Park - The Matopos to Bulawayo takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gweru.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay May 5 — 11:

Gweru — 3 nights

Gweru is a city near the centre of Zimbabwe. When in Gweru, make a side trip to see Naletale in Shangani, approximately Shangani away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Antelope Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St Theresa Cathedral, and make a trip to Danamombe.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Gweru using our trip 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 your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Masvingo.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 11 — 14:

Masvingo — 2 nights

Masvingo is a town in south-eastern Zimbabwe and the capital of Masvingo Province. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Kyle Recreational Park and then delve into the distant past at Great Zimbabwe National Monument.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Masvingo sightseeing planner.

Getting from Gweru to Masvingo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Chimanimani.
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Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

Chimanimani — 2 nights

Chimanimani District is a mountainous area in the province of Manicaland, eastern Zimbabwe. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Chimanimani Mountains National Park and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Birchenough Bridge.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chimanimani trip builder app.

You can drive from Masvingo to Chimanimani in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Chimanimani when traveling from Masvingo in May, with lows around 15°C. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mutare.
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Nature · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 16 — 18:

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: play a few rounds at Leopard Rock Golf and Country Club, get great views at Prince of Wales View, try to win big at Leopard Rock Casino, and see the interesting displays at Mutare Museum.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mutare trip builder tool.

Drive from Chimanimani to Mutare in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Chimanimani in May, Mutare is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Nyanga.
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Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Golf
Find places to stay May 18 — 21:

Nyanga — 3 nights

Nyanga is a town in Zimbabwe. Nyanga is known for nature and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to World's View, explore the activities along Gairezi River, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Nyangani, and admire the sheer force of Inyangombe Falls.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nyanga trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mutare to Nyanga takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Harare.
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Nature · Parks
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Harare — 11 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, make a trip to Raintree Venue, Head underground at Domboshawa Caves, and pause for some photo ops at National Heroes Acre.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Harare online vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Nyanga to Harare takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In May, daily temperatures in Harare can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kariba.
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Side Trips
Find places to stay May 24 — Jun 4:

Kariba — 3 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. Kariba is known for nature and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kariba and don't miss a visit to Kariba Heights View Point.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kariba trip maker website.

You can drive from Harare to Kariba in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Harare in June, things will get a bit warmer in Kariba: highs are around 31°C and lows about 15°C. On the 7th (Tue), you'll travel to Hwange National Park.
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Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 7:
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Hwange National Park — 3 nights

Step out of Hwange National Park to go to Hwange and see Painted Dog Conservation, which is approximately 58 minutes away.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hwange National Park journey maker.

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, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Hwange National Park, with lows of 9°C. You will leave for Victoria Falls on the 10th (Fri).
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Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 10:

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 13th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, get to know the resident critters at Victoria Falls Snake Park, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and browse the different shops at Elephant's Walk Shopping and Artist's Village.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Victoria Falls trip planner.

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. You will leave for home on the 19th (Sun).
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Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 19:

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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