26 days in Zimbabwe Itinerary

26 days in Zimbabwe Itinerary

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26 days in Zimbabwe Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  28​h
1
Victoria Falls
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Hwange National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Bulawayo
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Masvingo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Chimanimani
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Mutare
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Harare
— 6 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Newark

6
nights
Victoria Falls

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.
Spend the 4th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. On the 8th (Tue), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, look for gifts at Cultural Vibes Music Shop, meet the residents at Victoria Falls Snake Park, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Victoria Falls day trip planning tool .

Newark, USA to Victoria Falls is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Victoria Falls is 7 hours. While traveling from Newark, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Victoria Falls, ranging from highs of 93°F to lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Hwange National Park.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Victoria Falls Bridge ©
Victoria Falls Bridge

1
night
Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): walk around Hwange National Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hwange National Park visit website .

Traveling by car from Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. October in Hwange National Park sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Bulawayo.

Things to do in Hwange National Park

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Hwange National Park ©
Hwange National Park

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bulawayo: Matobo National Park - The Matopos (Matobo Hills & Cecil Rhode's Burial Place). Spend the 11th (Fri) exploring nature at Matobo National Park. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, walk around The Hillside Dams Conservancy, admire the striking features of Nesbitt Castle, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bulawayo holiday planner .

Drive from Hwange National Park to Bulawayo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Bulawayo when traveling from Hwange National Park in October, with lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Masvingo.

Things to do in Bulawayo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Matobo National Park - The Matopos
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Matobo National Park ©
Matobo National Park
Cecil Rhode's Burial Place ©
Cecil Rhode's Burial Place
Matobo Hills ©
Matobo Hills

1
night
Masvingo

Masvingo ©
Masvingo is a town in south-eastern Zimbabwe and the capital of Masvingo Province. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the activities along Kyle Recreational Park and then appreciate the history behind Great Zimbabwe.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Masvingo driving holiday planning website .

Getting from Bulawayo to Masvingo by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Masvingo are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chimanimani.

Things to do in Masvingo

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kyle Recreational Park ©
Kyle Recreational Park
Great Zimbabwe National Monument ©
Great Zimbabwe National Monument

2
nights
Chimanimani

Chimanimani ©
Chimanimani District is a mountainous area in the province of Manicaland, eastern Zimbabwe. On the 16th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chimanimani Mountains National Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls.

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

Drive from Masvingo to Chimanimani in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from Masvingo in October, you will find days in Chimanimani are a bit cooler (79°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mutare.

Things to do in Chimanimani

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

2
nights
Mutare

Mutare ©
Zimbabwe's third-largest city, Mutare is surrounded by hills and allows you to experience a relaxed rural-type atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): play a few rounds at Leopard Rock Golf and Country Club and then get great views at Prince of Wales View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): stroll through Vumba Botanical Gardens and Reserve, try to win big at Leopard Rock Casino, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Catholic Cathedral.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mutare itinerary site .

Getting from Chimanimani to Mutare by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in October, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Harare.

Things to do in Mutare

Outdoors Golf Parks
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Vumba Botanical Gardens and Reserve ©
Leopard Rock Casino ©
Leopard Rock Casino
Holy Trinity Catholic Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Catholic Cathedral

6
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.
Step out of Harare to go to Wedza and see Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wild Is Life Trust and ZEN, have some family-friendly fun at Pole Position Karts, stop by kiki's gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Harare online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mutare to Harare takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Harare can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Harare

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trip

Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation
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Wild Is Life Trust and ZEN ©
Wild Is Life Trust and ZEN
Thetford Game Reserve ©
Thetford Game Reserve
Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary ©
Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary

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