Zimbabwe is a country with amazing natural beauty, hospitable people, and a rich culture, and it is well-known as one of Africa’s top safari destinations. One of the seven natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls—also known as “The Smoke That Thunders” by locals—is awe-inspiring and unforgettable for its sheer strength as it crashes into the gorge. Huge elephant herds and opportunities for up-close interactions with other animals are two of Hwange National Park’s most well-known features.
When you arrive at the Victoria Falls International Airport, you will be welcomed by a Dav Safaris guide and transferred to your lodge. The departure time for our tour is 15:00 hours, and the departure location is Victoria Falls. A stunning sunset sail on the Zambezi River will round off your day.
Following breakfast, we will take a walking tour of Victoria Falls. As you stroll through the jungle and pause at several vantage points to observe the Falls, rainbows appear, and you experience the spray and thunderous sound of water pouring into the valley. Your afternoon will be spent at leisure during which you can schedule any number of activities with your guide.
Following a full breakfast this morning, we will travel south to Hwange National Park. Hwange National Park, which is home to the “big-5,” offers a diverse range of grasslands, animals, and fauna. Today, for our game drive in the renowned Hwange National Park in the country’s far west, we switch to open safari vehicles and travel there. Hwange is located in Africa’s magnificent belt, which extends into neighboring Botswana, allowing wildlife (particularly elephants) to roam freely between Hwange and Chobe National Parks. More than 100 mammal species, including the Big 5 of Africa (elephant, lion, rhino, and buffalo), as well as a large number of giraffe, cheetah, and brown hyenas, can be found in this park in addition to elephants. The reserve is renowned for having a large population of Wild(painted) dogs.
Today, you will go on an early morning game drive in the Hwange National Park. You will be provided tea and coffee either before or during the game drive. The ideal time to see big cats like lions, leopards, and cheetahs is immediately following the game drive, when you will have your full breakfast. You will leave on a game drive in the late afternoon.
After breakfast, we will drive to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest city, which has broad avenues lined with trees and is encircled by lovely parks. The Bulawayo City Council maintains a number of early Victorian structures throughout the city as heritage sites. Before or after checking into our lodge, we will visit the Bulawayo National Museum to discover more about this lovely city.
Today you will spend the entire day with a native guide exploring Matopos National Park. Strong local winds have sculpted the Matobo Hills, which are also home to a number of fascinating Bushman paintings. For the local indigenous population, this park holds unique cultural and spiritual significance. We will make care to look out for these wonderful animals because the reserve has the biggest population of leopard and black eagle in the entire world. The park, which includes a strict protection zone that is home to both Black and White Rhinoceros, was recognized as a UNESCO natural World Heritage Site in 2003. It was given its name from the Ndebele term “Matobo,” which means “bald heads” in reference to the surrounding rounded granite hills. We make our way back to Bulawayo, where we will spend the night.
We’ll set out from Bulawayo and travel to the small town of Masvingo in the country’s east. One of the most important archaeological sites in the entirety of Southern Africa is located close to the town of Masvingo. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Great Zimbabwe monument dates back to 1200 AD and was formerly inhabited by some 10,000 indigenous people. For the nation from which its name was derived, this region is of extraordinary importance. According to legend, this was the first city the fabled Queen of Sheba ever called home. Amazing archaeological finds have since revealed gold coins and porcelain from as far away as Persia and China, indicating the prominence that the city once had as a trading hub.
We will travel from Great Zimbabwe to the city of Mutare across the country’s east. One of the most significant geographic locations in all of Southern Africa is close to the city of Mutare. The breathtaking Vumba Mountains are located on the Zimbabwe-Mozambique border, 30 km to the southeast of Mutare. At the Castle Beacon, the Vumba Mountains reach a lofty elevation of 1911 meters. The Vumba Mountains are a great place for lovers looking for the rarest bird and butterfly species in the area because of the year-round profusion of unique flora and fauna. You’ll be mesmerized by the landscape and Verdant Mountains here. The Vumba Mountains are truly an undiscovered treasure, apart from the clamor and vice of mankind. The mountains enchant you and make you want to reconnect with nature, so you often lose track of where you are. Our included activity will be a mountain hike on Vumba Mountain.
After an early breakfast, we will depart the gorgeous city of Mutare and travel to Trout Back Resort in Nyanga through a variety of farmland landscapes and the magnificent hilly terrain of the Eastern highlands. As part of our featured excursion, we will pass past the Mutarazi Falls while traveling. You are free to explore and unwind in the afternoon. You can take in the hotel’s surroundings and wander down to the dam to see rainbow trout diving into the water.
In order to enjoy a full day tour of the national park, we will then travel to Mount Nyangani in the morning. With a height of 2 592m (8 504 ft.), Mount Nyangani (formerly Mount Inyangani) is the tallest mountain in Zimbabwe. About 110 kilometers north of Mutare, in the Nyanga region of Nyanga National Park, is where the peak is situated. The peak is perched atop a small rocky outcrop around 40 meters above the surrounding terrain. The remaining portion of the summit is a large moor with an area of around 8 square kilometers that is mostly made up of rolling hills and a plateau. The plateau’s borders then drop abruptly to its east and west sides. Around the plateau of the mountain’s summit, heath predominates, with evergreen forest lining the moister eastern slopes and grassland on the western side.
We will leave Nyanga in a relaxed manner and go to Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. This tour reveals a spotlessly clean city that is teeming with lively stores, large open streets, and friendly locals. When we arrive in Harare, we’ll take a leisurely city tour.
On your final day in Zimbabwe, you will have breakfast before checking out and being transferred to Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport.
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