32 days in Zimbabwe Itinerary

32 days in Zimbabwe Itinerary

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32 days in Zimbabwe Itinerary

Start: Harare
1
Harare
— 8 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Kariba
— 1 night
+5
Drive + Bus + Taxi + Shuttle + Fly + Drive:  5 h
3
Victoria Falls
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Hwange National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
5
Bulawayo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Gweru
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Masvingo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
8
Chimanimani
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
9
Nyanga
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
10
Mashonaland East Province
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
End: Harare

8
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.
Take a break from Harare with a short trip to Chinhoyi Caves in Chinhoyi, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuimba Shiri Bird Sanctuary, look for gifts at kiki's gallery, get your game on at Tamba Tamba, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ngomakurira Mountain.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Harare online trip itinerary builder .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Harare. In December, daytime highs in Harare are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Kariba.

Things to do in Harare

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Chinhoyi Caves, Mavuradonha Wilderness Area
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Ngomakurira Mountain ©
Ngomakurira Mountain
Thetford Game Reserve ©
Thetford Game Reserve
Raintree Venue ©
Raintree Venue

1
night
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. On the 3rd (Fri), get great views at Kariba Heights View Point and then explore the activities along Lake Kariba.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kariba trip itinerary planning website .

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. In January, Kariba is somewhat warmer than Harare - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Kariba

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

5
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.
Victoria Falls is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, zoos & aquariums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Victoria Falls Snake Park, stop by Cultural Vibes Music Shop, and take in the views from Victoria Falls Bridge.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Victoria Falls trip planner .

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 January, Victoria Falls is slightly colder at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Hwange National Park.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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River Rafting & Tubing
Walking tours

2
nights
Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stroll around Hwange National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Painted Dog Conservation.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hwange National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

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 January, daytime highs in Hwange National Park are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Bulawayo.

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

4
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 Bulawayo's surroundings by going to Matobo National Park - The Matopos (Cecil Rhode's Burial Place & Matobo Hills). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Matobo National Park, admire the landmark architecture of Nesbitt Castle, admire the masterpieces at Bulawayo National Gallery of Zimbabwe, and delve into the distant past at Khami Ruins.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bulawayo trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Hwange National Park to Bulawayo in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Gweru.

Things to do in Bulawayo

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Matobo National Park - The Matopos
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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Matobo National Park ©
Matobo National Park
Cecil Rhode's Burial Place ©
Cecil Rhode's Burial Place

2
nights
Gweru

Gweru ©
Gweru is a city near the centre of Zimbabwe. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Theresa Cathedral and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Antelope Park.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Gweru trip app .

Traveling by car from Bulawayo to Gweru takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You will leave for Masvingo on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Gweru

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

2
nights
Masvingo

Masvingo ©
Masvingo is a town in south-eastern Zimbabwe and the capital of Masvingo Province. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Great Zimbabwe National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): walk around Kyle Recreational Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Masvingo trip planning tool .

Getting from Gweru to Masvingo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. In January in Masvingo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car 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. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Chimanimani day trip planner .

You can drive from Masvingo to Chimanimani in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car. When traveling from Masvingo in January, plan for little chillier days in Chimanimani, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. You'll set off for Nyanga on the 20th (Mon).

Things to do in Chimanimani

Parks Nature
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Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls

3
nights
Nyanga

Nyanga ©
Nyanga is a town in Zimbabwe. Nyanga is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to World's View, admire the sheer force of Inyangombe Falls, explore the activities along Gairezi River, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Nyangani.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Nyanga online visit planner .

You can drive from Chimanimani to Nyanga in 4 hours. In January in Nyanga, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Mashonaland East Province.

Things to do in Nyanga

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

2
nights
Mashonaland East Province

Mashonaland East Province ©
On the 24th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Domboshawa Caves.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mashonaland East Province trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Nyanga to Mashonaland East Province takes 4 hours. January in Mashonaland East Province sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Mashonaland East Province

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation ©
Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation
Domboshawa Caves ©
Domboshawa Caves

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