Explore Zimbabwe: 8 Days of Natural Wonders and Treasures

Author: Nidhi Sood on Feb 08,2023

From exploring the rich cultural heritage of Harare to discovering the ancient ruins of Great Zimbabwe, and admiring the breathtaking beauty of Victoria Falls, this 8-day Zimbabwe itinerary has something for everyone. Whether you're an adventurer, a nature lover, a history buff, or looking for a unique family vacation, Zimbabwe has something special to offer. So with this itinerary, bring your sense of adventure, and prepare for an unforgettable family vacation in Zimbabwe.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Harare and sightseeing

After arriving at Harare International Airport, meet your private guide, who will transfer you to your cozy hotel. After getting refreshed, set out with your private guide to explore the city with a visit to the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, only a thirty-minute drive away. You'll admire the country's rich art and culture and learn about its history here. After that, you'll visit Mukuvisi Woodlands Park, where lush gardens and beautiful trees surround you. In the evening, you'll treat your taste buds to a traditional Zimbabwean dinner at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel. 

Day 2: Drive to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Hop on a private three hours drive and get ready for a day filled with history and adventure as you drive to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll take a guided tour of the ancient city and learn about the Kingdom of Zimbabwe and its fascinating past. As you explore the site's many monumental stone structures, such as the Great Enclosure, the Hill Complex, and the Valley Complex, you'll be amazed by the impressive architectural skills of the people who built them. After a picnic lunch at the ruins, you'll return to Harare for a well-deserved rest at your hotel.

Day 3: Visit Hwange National Park

Today, you'll embark on a wildlife adventure as you take a scenic five-hour drive to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe's largest national park. Check into your nearby lodge and have a delicious lunch. Then, enjoy a late afternoon game drive to see elephants, lions, buffalo, and other wildlife in their natural habitat. After returning to the park camp, you'll take a guided walking safari to see the park's smaller animals and birds. You'll then return to your lodge for the night.

Day 4: Explore the Matobo Hills

After a hearty breakfast, drive three hours and forty minutes to be awed by the natural beauty of the Matobo Hills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll take a guided hike through the hills and see the famous balancing rocks and other natural wonders. You'll also visit the grave of Cecil Rhodes, the British colonialist and mining magnate. After a fantastic lunch at a local restaurant, you'll check into a hilltop luxury hotel to spend the remaining day at leisure and for an overnight stay. 

Day 5: Return to Harare

Begin your journey back to Harare with a scenic six-hour drive through the rolling hills and stunning scenery of Matobo. Take a break from your journey and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Try some traditional Zimbabwean dishes and take in the peaceful surroundings. Before departing to Harare, stop at the Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe. Explore the exhibits and learn about the country's rich history and culture. Arrive back in Harare, where you will be transferred to your hotel for the night. Take a moment to relax and reflect on your fantastic day exploring Matobo Hills.

Day 6: Fly to Victoria Falls

Today, you'll fly from Harare to Victoria Falls (a short one-hour flight), one of the world's seven natural wonders. Check into your hotel and relax in the afternoon before you visit the nearby Victoria Falls to admire its breathtaking beauty. You'll take a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River in the evening to see the falls lit up at night. Then, return to your hotel for a lavish dinner and a good night's rest.

Day 7: Adventure Activities in Victoria Falls

After breakfast, you'll have a range of adventure activities, such as bungee jumping and white-water rafting.  Then, take a helicopter tour to get a bird's eye view of the beautiful falls. You'll also take a guided tour of the nearby Victoria Falls Rainforest to learn about its ecology and flora and the conservative methods used to protect it. After lunch, go on a shopping spree at a local market for souvenirs, and you'll enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 8: Departure

Today, you'll say goodbye to Zimbabwe as you transfer to Victoria Falls International Airport for your departure flight. With memories of a fantastic family vacation, you'll return home with a heart full of adventure and unforgettable moments.

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