19 days in Zambia & Zimbabwe Itinerary

19 days in Zambia & Zimbabwe Itinerary

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Start: Harare, Zimbabwe
Fly:  1 h 30 min
1
Lusaka, Zambia
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 5 nights
Drive:  30 min
3
Livingstone, Zambia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
5
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 30 min
6
Harare, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
End: Harare, Zimbabwe

2
nights
Lusaka, Zambia

Lusaka ©
Tourism in Lusaka, Zambia's commercial and government center, thrives mostly due to its central location and well-connected airport, making it a gateway for exploring the country's numerous nature reserves and national parks.
Step out of Lusaka with an excursion to Kapishya Hot Springs in North Luangwa National Park--about 11h 45 min away. Spend the 28th (Sat) in the pleasant surroundings of Chaminuka Game Reserve. The adventure continues: get outside with The Lilayi Elephant Nursery, stroll through Parays Game Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of The Holy Cross Lusaka, and take in the exciting artwork at 37D Gallery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lusaka journey planning site.

Harare, Zimbabwe to Lusaka is an approximately 1.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Lusaka

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kapishya Hot Springs
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Chaminuka Game Reserve ©
Chaminuka Game Reserve
The Lilayi Elephant Nursery ©
The Lilayi Elephant Nursery
Cathedral of The Holy Cross Lusaka ©
Cathedral of The Holy Cross Lusaka

5
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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.
Victoria Falls is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, stop by Cultural Vibes Music Shop, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and wander the wide-open spaces of Crocodile Park Victoria Falls.

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

You can do a combination of flight and car from Lusaka to Victoria Falls in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In December in Victoria Falls, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Livingstone.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:
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Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park ©
Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park
Victoria Falls Bridge ©
Victoria Falls Bridge
Crocodile Park Victoria Falls
Crocodile Park Victoria Falls

3
nights
Livingstone, Zambia

Livingstone ©
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Livingstone is known for nature, adventure, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Livingstone visit planning app.

Livingstone is just a stone's throw from Victoria Falls. Traveling from Victoria Falls in January, you will find days in Livingstone are little chillier (30°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Hwange National Park.

Things to do in Livingstone

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Mukuni Village
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
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Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls
Livingstone Museum ©
Livingstone Museum
Mukuni Village ©
Mukuni Village

2
nights
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Hwange National Park ©
On the 8th (Wed), stroll around Hwange National Park. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Painted Dog Conservation.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hwange National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Livingstone to Hwange National Park takes 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bulawayo.

Things to do in Hwange National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Painted Dog Conservation
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
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Hwange National Park ©
Hwange National Park
Painted Dog Conservation ©
Painted Dog Conservation

3
nights
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

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 (Cecil Rhode's Burial Place & Matobo Hills). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Matobo National Park, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, delve into the distant past at Dananombe Ruins, and examine the collection at Bulawayo Railway Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bulawayo trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Hwange National Park to Bulawayo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In January in Bulawayo, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Harare.

Things to do in Bulawayo

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Matobo National Park - The Matopos
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:
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Matobo Hills ©
Matobo Hills
Matobo National Park ©
Matobo National Park
Cecil Rhode's Burial Place ©
Cecil Rhode's Burial Place

3
nights
Harare, Zimbabwe

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.
Harare is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuimba Shiri Bird Sanctuary, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ngomakurira Mountain, take in the exciting artwork at The Shona Sculpture Gallery, and have some family-friendly fun at Tamba Tamba.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Harare attractions site.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Bulawayo to Harare in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Harare

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Domboshawa Caves
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Ngomakurira Mountain ©
Ngomakurira Mountain
Raintree Venue ©
Raintree Venue
Tamba Tamba ©
Tamba Tamba

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