31 days in Zimbabwe Itinerary

31 days in Zimbabwe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Zimbabwe trip itinerary planner

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Harare
— 9 nights
Drive
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Nyanga
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mutare
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chimanimani
— 1 night
Drive
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Masvingo
— 1 night
Drive
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Bulawayo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hwange National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Msuna
— 1 night
Drive
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Victoria Falls
— 6 nights
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Harare

— 9 nights

Sunshine City

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Shona Sculpture Gallery and National Gallery of Zimbabwe. Get outdoors at Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary and Kuimba Shiri Bird Sanctuary. Step out of Harare to go to Wedza and see Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Amara's Health Spa, look for gifts at kiki's gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Raintree Venue.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Harare driving holiday planner.

Cardiff, UK to Harare is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Africa Time (CAT) is 2 hours. When traveling from Cardiff in December, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Harare: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nyanga.

Things to do in Harare

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 11:

Nyanga

— 2 nights
Nyanga is a town in Zimbabwe. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): don't miss a visit to World's View, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Nyangani, and then admire the sheer force of Inyangombe Falls. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Gairezi River and then admire the sheer force of Mtarazi Falls.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nyanga tour itinerary tool.

You can drive from Harare to Nyanga in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. December in Nyanga sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mutare.

Things to do in Nyanga

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

Mutare

— 2 nights
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 14th (Tue): try to win big at Leopard Rock Casino and then tee off at Leopard Rock Golf and Country Club. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Prince of Wales View and then see the interesting displays at Mutare Museum.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mutare online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Nyanga to Mutare takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Chimanimani.

Things to do in Mutare

Outdoors · Fun & Games · Golf · Casinos
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

Chimanimani

— 1 night
Chimanimani District is a mountainous area in the province of Manicaland, eastern Zimbabwe. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls and then take in the awesome beauty at Chimanimani Mountains National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chimanimani attractions planning tool.

Traveling by car from Mutare to Chimanimani takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Masvingo.

Things to do in Chimanimani

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:

Masvingo

— 1 night
Masvingo is a town in south-eastern Zimbabwe and the capital of Masvingo Province. On the 17th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Great Zimbabwe National Monument and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kyle Recreational Park.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Masvingo road trip app.

Drive from Chimanimani to Masvingo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, and bus. While traveling from Chimanimani, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Masvingo, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Bulawayo.

Things to do in Masvingo

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:

Bulawayo

— 5 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to African Wanderer Safaris and National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo. You'll explore and learn at Natural History Museum and Bulawayo Railway Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Bulawayo: Matobo National Park - The Matopos (Matobo Hills & Cecil Rhode's Burial Place). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Matobo National Park, steep yourself in history at Old Bulawayo, delve into the distant past at Khami Ruins, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Marys Cathedral.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bulawayo road trip planner.

Drive from Masvingo to Bulawayo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daytime highs in Bulawayo are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Hwange National Park.

Things to do in Bulawayo

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 22:

Hwange National Park

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Hwange National Park. On the next day, stroll through Painted Dog Conservation and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hwange National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Bulawayo to Hwange National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Msuna.

Things to do in Hwange National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Msuna

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the activities along Zambezi River.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Msuna journey site.

You can drive from Hwange National Park to Msuna in 4 hours. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Msuna

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
Highlights from your trip

Victoria Falls

— 6 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park and Walking tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas & Wellness and Prime Art Gallery. Spend the 27th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stop by Cultural Vibes Music Shop, snap pictures at Victoria Falls Bridge, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Victoria Falls trip planner.

Drive from Msuna to Victoria Falls in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daytime highs in Victoria Falls are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 31:

Zimbabwe travel guide

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National Parks · Zipline · Bridges
Tourism in Zimbabwe experienced a boost after the country's turbulent recent history seemed to settle down. Waterfalls, "Big Five" national parks, and the Eastern Highlands provide contrasting but complementary images of southern Africa, with the growing tourism infrastructure helping visitors see the best of what the country offers. Though corruption and unemployment remain everyday problems, the vast majority of Zimbabweans are a welcoming bunch, proud of the natural riches and culture of their hopeful country.