A Luxurious Escape to Zimbabwe: A 9-Day Itinerary

Author: Nidhi Sood on Jan 23,2023

Zimbabwe is a must-see location for all travelers. From visiting the Great Zimbabwe National Monument to taking a safari in the Hwange National Park, this Itinerary is packed with unique experiences that will give you an in-depth look into the country's history, art, and wildlife. With this 9-Day luxury Zimbabwe Itinerary, embark on the journey of a lifetime.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Zimbabwe!

Your adventure begins as you arrive in the vibrant capital city of Harare. Your private guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your cozy hotel. Set out to explore the city and get a feel for the local culture. Check out the nearby markets and try the local cuisine before returning to your hotel for a rest. 

Day 2: Exploring Harare

After breakfast, start by visiting the National Museum, where you can learn about the history and customs of the country. Next, head to the Queen Victoria Museum, which has a wide range of exhibits showcasing Zimbabwe's art, culture, and history. Have lunch at an excellent restaurant, and finally, visit the Chapungu Sculpture Park, home to a collection of over 300 intricate stone sculptures by Zimbabwean artists. Return to the hotel for dinner. 

Day 3: Day trip to Marondera

Today, you'll be taking a day trip to the charming town of Marondera. Known for its beautiful gardens and colonial architecture, it's the perfect place to relax and enjoy the country's natural beauty. Start the day by visiting the Marondera Botanic Garden, where you'll find a variety of indigenous plants and flowers. Next, head to the Marondera Museum, which has a collection of artifacts that tell the story of the town's rich history.

Day 4: Visit the Great Zimbabwe National Monument

Unlock the secrets of the past as you explore the Great Zimbabwe National Monument, a UNESCO World Heritage site that holds the ruins of an ancient city. Then, travel back in time and discover the rich history of this ancient city as you take a guided tour of the ruins. Get a peek into the lives of the people who once lived here and learn about the culture and customs that shaped the city. Have a delicious lunch at a gourmet restaurant and then visit the on-site museum; it holds a collection of artifacts uncovered during excavations. Each one tells a story of the people who lived here and the lives they led. Return to your hotel for dinner. 

Day 5: Hike the Matobo Hills

Today you'll take a trip to the Matobo Hills (a one hour and thirty minutes drive), another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known for its rugged beauty and wildlife, it's the perfect place to experience the country's natural beauty. Visit the Matobo National Park and take a guided hike to see the granite kopjes and wildlife, such as rhinos and elephants. Take a picnic lunch with you to enjoy the scenery while eating. Return to your hotel for dinner and rest. 

Day 6: Travel to Bulawayo, explore the city

After breakfast, get a private transfer to Bulawayo through the scenic landscapes of Zimbabwe (a four-hour journey). It is the second-largest city in Zimbabwe, known for its rich history and culture; it's the perfect place to explore the country's past. Start the day by visiting the Bulawayo Museum, which has many exhibits showcasing the city's history. Next, head to the Natural History Museum, where you can learn about the diverse wildlife that can be found in the country. Finally, visit the Bulawayo Art Gallery, which has a collection of paintings and sculptures by local artists. Have dinner at a traditional restaurant and retire for the day in your hotel. 

Day 7: Day trip to Victoria Falls

Step into a world of wonder and awe as you embark on a day trip to the majestic Victoria Falls. Nestled on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, this natural wonder is known as the world's largest waterfall and a sight to behold. Start your journey with a two-hour drive to the falls, where you'll take a guided tour of the falls. Take in the awe-inspiring views and learn about its history and geology. As the sun sets, board a luxurious sunset cruise on the Zambezi River and relish in the tranquility of the surroundings. Savor a refreshing drink as you watch the sky change colors and the falls illuminated in the background, creating an unforgettable memory. 

Finally, take a helicopter ride over the falls, giving you a bird's eye view of the falls. See the falls and witness these natural wonder's on an accurate scale. The view from the helicopter is a breathtaking experience that will stay with you forever.

Day 8: Safari in Hwange National Park

After breakfast, head to the Hwange National Park, known for its large elephant population. Go on a safari to see elephants, lions, zebras, and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Take a guided tour with your private guide, who can highlight the different animals and tell you more about their behavior and habits. After the safari, have a delicious lunch at a nearby hotel. In the afternoon, take an unforgettable hot air balloon ride over the park to get an aerial view of the park and witness the vastness of the park and the beauty of the wildlife below. After the ride, return to your hotel for dinner.

Day 9: Departure from Harare

Unfortunately, all good things must end. After breakfast, your private guide will escort you to the airport to catch your flight back home with memories that will last a lifetime.

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