24 days in Zimbabwe Itinerary

24 days in Zimbabwe Itinerary

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24 days in Zimbabwe Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  29​h
1
Harare
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Kariba
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Mana Pools National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Nyanga
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Mutare
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Chimanimani
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Chiredzi
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
8
Matobo National Park - The Matopos
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Bulawayo
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
10
Hwange National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Victoria Falls
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Calgary

5
nights
Harare

Harare ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Catholic Cathedral and Anglican Cathedral. Discover out-of-the-way places like Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation and Umfurudzi Park. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Thetford Game Reserve, meet the residents at Wild Is Life Trust and ZEN, take in the exciting artwork at Tengenenge Farm, and see the interesting displays at Zimbabwe Museum of Human Sciences.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Harare trip planner .

Calgary, Canada to Harare is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central African Time (CAT), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Calgary in July, with highs in Harare at 24°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kariba.

Things to do in Harare

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation
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Thetford Game Reserve ©
Thetford Game Reserve
The Shona Sculpture Gallery ©
The Shona Sculpture Gallery
Umfurudzi Park ©
Umfurudzi Park

1
night
Kariba

Kariba ©
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. On the 24th (Fri), take some stellar pictures from Kariba Heights View Point and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kariba.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Kariba vacation planning app .

Drive from Harare to Kariba in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Harare in July, with highs in Kariba at 30°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Mana Pools National Park.

Things to do in Kariba

Nature Parks
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Lake Kariba ©
Lake Kariba
Kariba Heights View Point ©
Kariba Heights View Point

1
night
Mana Pools National Park

Mana Pools National Park ©
On the 25th (Sat), stroll through Camping Sites at Mana Pools National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mana Pools National Park trip itinerary site .

Drive from Kariba to Mana Pools National Park in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Nyanga.

Things to do in Mana Pools National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
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1
night
Nyanga

Nyanga ©
Nyanga is a town in Zimbabwe. On the 26th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Inyangombe Falls, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Nyangani, and then don't miss a visit to World's View.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nyanga online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Mana Pools National Park to Nyanga in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in July, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mutare.

Things to do in Nyanga

Nature Parks
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Mount Nyangani ©
Mount Nyangani
Inyangombe Falls ©
Inyangombe Falls
World's View ©
World's View

2
nights
Mutare

Mutare ©
Zimbabwe's third-largest city, Mutare is surrounded by hills and allows you to experience a relaxed rural-type atmosphere.
On the 27th (Mon), examine the collection at Mutare Museum, get great views at Prince of Wales View, and then tee off at Leopard Rock Golf and Country Club. Keep things going the next day: try your luck at Leopard Rock Casino and then stroll through Vumba Botanical Gardens and Reserve.

Plan trip to Mutare with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Nyanga to Mutare by car takes about 2 hours. July in Mutare sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Chimanimani.

Things to do in Mutare

Golf Outdoors Parks
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Vumba Botanical Gardens and Reserve ©
Mutare Museum ©
Mutare Museum
Prince of Wales View ©
Prince of Wales View

1
night
Chimanimani

Chimanimani ©
Chimanimani District is a mountainous area in the province of Manicaland, eastern Zimbabwe. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls and then take in the awesome beauty at Chimanimani Mountains National Park.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Chimanimani trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mutare to Chimanimani takes 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Chimanimani when traveling from Mutare in July, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chiredzi.

Things to do in Chimanimani

Nature Parks
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Chimanimani Mountains National Park ©
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls

1
night
Chiredzi

Chiredzi ©
Chiredzi is a small town in Masvingo province in south-east Zimbabwe. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): walk around Gonarezhou National Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Chiredzi trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Chimanimani to Chiredzi takes 4 hours. When traveling from Chimanimani in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Chiredzi: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 13°C at night. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Matobo National Park - The Matopos.

Things to do in Chiredzi

Nature Parks
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Gonarezhou National Park ©
Gonarezhou National Park

1
day
Matobo National Park - The Matopos

Matobo National Park - The Matopos ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): make a trip to Cecil Rhode's Burial Place and then contemplate the long history of Matobo Hills.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Matobo National Park - The Matopos trip website .

You can drive from Chiredzi to Matobo National Park - The Matopos in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Chiredzi in July, expect Matobo National Park - The Matopos to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bulawayo.

Things to do in Matobo National Park - The Matopos

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Matobo Hills ©
Matobo Hills
Cecil Rhode's Burial Place ©
Cecil Rhode's Burial Place

3
nights
Bulawayo

Bulawayo ©
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.
Let the collections at Natural History Museum and Bulawayo Railway Museum capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage and Research Centre. Spend the 2nd (Sun) exploring nature at Matobo National Park. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Nesbitt Castle, delve into the distant past at Dananombe Ruins, admire the masterpieces at Bulawayo National Gallery of Zimbabwe, and steep yourself in history at Old Bulawayo.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bulawayo online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Matobo National Park - The Matopos to Bulawayo by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Bulawayo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Hwange National Park.

Things to do in Bulawayo

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Matobo National Park ©
Matobo National Park
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Bulawayo Railway Museum ©
Bulawayo Railway Museum

2
nights
Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park ©
On the 4th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Painted Dog Conservation and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hwange National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hwange National Park trip planning site .

You can drive from Bulawayo to Hwange National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Hwange National Park are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Hwange National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Painted Dog Conservation
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Hwange National Park ©
Hwange National Park
Painted Dog Conservation ©
Painted Dog Conservation

3
nights
Victoria Falls

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and River Rafting & Tubing. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, take in the views from Victoria Falls Bridge, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Victoria Falls trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hwange National Park to Victoria Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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