29 days in Zimbabwe Itinerary

29 days in Zimbabwe Itinerary

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29 days in Zimbabwe Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Bulawayo
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Harare
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Mutare
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Kariba
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h
5
Victoria Falls
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Cape Town

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Matobo Hills and Tshabalala Game Sanctuary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Natural History Museum and Naletale. When in Bulawayo, make a side trip to see Cecil Rhode's Burial Place in Matobo National Park - The Matopos, approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Bulawayo Railway Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Nesbitt Castle, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Marys Cathedral.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bulawayo online holiday planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Bulawayo is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In October, Bulawayo is a bit warmer than Cape Town - with highs of 36°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Harare.

Things to do in Bulawayo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Matobo National Park - The Matopos, Naletale
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Matobo Hills ©
Matobo Hills
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Bulawayo Railway Museum ©
Bulawayo Railway Museum

7
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 the city life by going to Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation and Chinhoyi Caves. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Shona Sculpture Gallery and Avondale Flea Market. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Thetford Game Reserve, stroll around Lake Chivero Recreational Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lion and Cheetah Park, and look for gifts at kiki's gallery.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Harare trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Bulawayo to Harare takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Harare can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mutare.

Things to do in Harare

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation, Chinhoyi Caves
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The Shona Sculpture Gallery ©
The Shona Sculpture Gallery
Thetford Game Reserve ©
Thetford Game Reserve
kiki's gallery ©
kiki's gallery

5
nights
Mutare

Mutare ©
Zimbabwe's third-largest city, Mutare is surrounded by hills and allows you to experience a relaxed rural-type atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as Chimanimani Mountains National Park and Mtarazi Falls. Get a sense of the local culture at Mutare Museum and Holy Trinity Catholic Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mutare: Nyanga (Mount Nyangani & World's View). It doesn't end there: play a few rounds at Leopard Rock Golf and Country Club.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mutare route builder tool .

You can drive from Harare to Mutare in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October in Mutare, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Kariba.

Things to do in Mutare

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nyanga, Chimanimani Mountains National Park
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Chimanimani Mountains National Park ©
Mount Nyangani ©
Mount Nyangani
Mtarazi Falls ©
Mtarazi Falls

4
nights
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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Kariba and Kariba Heights View Point.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kariba trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Mutare to Kariba takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and car; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mutare in October: high temperatures in Kariba hover around 41°C and lows are around 29°C. On the 4th (Mon), you're off toVictoria Falls.

Things to do in Kariba

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

7
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Elephant's Walk Shopping and Artist's Village. Head to Prime Art Gallery and Cultural Vibes Music Shopfor plenty of shopping. On the 11th (Mon), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a taste of life in the country at Crocodile Park Victoria Falls, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Victoria Falls journey planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Kariba to Victoria Falls in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kariba in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 23°C in Victoria Falls. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Kayaking & Canoeing
Speed Boats Tours

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