35 days in Zimbabwe Itinerary

35 days in Zimbabwe Itinerary

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35 days in Zimbabwe Itinerary

Start: Victoria Falls
1
Victoria Falls
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Hwange National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Bulawayo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Gweru
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Masvingo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Chimanimani
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Mutare
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Nyanga
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Harare
— 9 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Kariba
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h
End: Victoria Falls

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.
On the 27th (Fri), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. On the 28th (Sat), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay and more tourist information, read Victoria Falls road trip planning website .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Victoria Falls. In December, daily temperatures in Victoria Falls can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) 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

3
nights
Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park ©
Take a break from Hwange National Park with a short trip to Painted Dog Conservation in Hwange, about 58 minutes away.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Hwange National Park route planner .

Getting from Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. In December in Hwange National Park, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 23°C at night. You will leave for Bulawayo on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Hwange National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Matobo National Park - The Matopos (Matobo Hills & Cecil Rhode's Burial Place). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Matobo National Park, explore the world behind art at Bulawayo National Gallery of Zimbabwe, admire the landmark architecture of Nesbitt Castle, and see the interesting displays at Bulawayo Railway Museum.

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Getting from Hwange National Park to Bulawayo by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. In January, daily temperatures in Bulawayo can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gweru.

Things to do in Bulawayo

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Gweru

Gweru ©
Gweru is a city near the centre of Zimbabwe. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St Theresa Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Antelope Park and then make a trip to Danamombe.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Gweru sightseeing site .

Traveling by car from Bulawayo to Gweru takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Gweru can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Masvingo.

Things to do in Gweru

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Antelope Park ©
Antelope Park
St Theresa Cathedral ©
St Theresa Cathedral
Danamombe ©
Danamombe

2
nights
Masvingo

Masvingo ©
Masvingo is a town in south-eastern Zimbabwe and the capital of Masvingo Province. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Great Zimbabwe National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Kyle Recreational Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Masvingo holiday planner.

You can drive from Gweru to Masvingo in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Masvingo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Chimanimani.

Things to do in Masvingo

Nature Parks 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. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chimanimani Mountains National Park. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Chimanimani online trip planner .

You can drive from Masvingo to Chimanimani in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from Masvingo in January, you will find days in Chimanimani are slightly colder (29°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mutare.

Things to do in Chimanimani

Nature Parks
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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.
On the 11th (Sat), tee off 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 next day: try your luck at Leopard Rock Casino, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Catholic Cathedral, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vumba Botanical Gardens and Reserve.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mutare day trip site .

Drive from Chimanimani to Mutare in 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nyanga.

Things to do in Mutare

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

2
nights
Nyanga

Nyanga ©
Nyanga is a town in Zimbabwe. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Nyangani. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Inyangombe Falls, then make a trip to World's View, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Mtarazi Falls.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nyanga road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Mutare to Nyanga takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Nyanga are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Harare.

Things to do in Nyanga

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

9
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Harare: Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation (in Wedza) and Gosho Park (in Marondera). There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wild Is Life Trust and ZEN, stroll through Mukuvisi Woodlands, view the masterpieces at The Shona Sculpture Gallery, and have some family-friendly fun at Tamba Tamba.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Harare travel route planner .

You can drive from Nyanga to Harare in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Kariba.

Things to do in Harare

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Mashonaland East Province
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Ngomakurira Mountain ©
Ngomakurira Mountain
Tamba Tamba ©
Tamba Tamba
Raintree Venue ©
Raintree Venue

3
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. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Kariba. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Kariba Heights View Point.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kariba itinerary app .

You can 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. Traveling from Harare in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Kariba: highs are around 36°C and lows about 27°C. On the 26th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Kariba

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

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