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Eastern Highlands, Zimbabwe

Fairy-tale-like

You will be enchanted by your drive through the Eastern Highlands
Helicopter Ride over the Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe

Angel’s View

… onto the thundering Victoria Falls
Safari and Elephant Encounters at Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Family Moments

Cute moments in the wild at Hwange National Park
Rock art, Matobo Hills, Zimbabwe

Ancient Tracks

Visit the famous rock art galleries at Matobo Hills on a day excursion with Big Cave Camp

Cross Country Drive Zimbabwe

Duration
11 Nights/ 12 Days

Price From
USD 3,850 per person without international flights

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Your Experience

What better way than exploring the wild and untouched Zimbabwe on a cross-country self-drive. Start your journey with adventure packed activities at the mighty Victoria Falls. Spice it up with some magnificent wildlife encounters at Hwange and Matabo National Park. Step back in time while touring the remarkable Great Ruins of Zimbabwe. Enjoy the unspoiled wilderness at Gonarezhou, which means the ‘Place of many Elephants’. It is an extremely scenic park characterized by rugged and beautiful landscapes. Your journey ends in the most beautiful part of Zimbabwe – the Eastern Highlands. It is a paradise of sparkling waterfalls and streams.

Your Accommodation

Ivory Lodge
Hwange National Park
Big Cave Camp
Matobo National Park
Norma Jeane’s Lakeview Resort
Masvingo
Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge
Gonarezhou National Park
Musangano Lodge
Mutare/Eastern Highlands
Armadale Lodge
Harare

Itinerary Summary

VICTORIA FALLS – 1 NIGHT

The highlight are the mighty thundering Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders in the World. You have no shortage of exciting activities to do. Bungee jump of the Victoria Falls Bridge. Go an a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi. Embark on the ‘Flight of Angels’ to marvel at Southern Africa’s most spectacular tourist attracting from above.

HWANGE NATIONAL PARK – 2 NIGHTS

You have various options to discover Hwange’s tremendous density of wildlife that counts over 20.000 elephants, 17.000 buffalos, 5.000 antelopes and 3.000 giraffes. Start with an early morning game drive. Visit a rural school and clinic if you are interested to learn more about the local culture. Finish your day with a late afternoon/evening drive. Or simply relax in Ivory Lodge’s hide with full day waiter service and let the animals come to you…

MATOBO NATIONAL PARK – 2 NIGHTS

The Lodge on the Rocks – Big Cave Camp! As the name suggests it rests atop an enormous granite whaleback. Big Cave Camp offers breathtaking views across the famous Matobo National Park. The park is a protected home for the endangered black and white rhinos. Track these wonderful animals on foot with an experienced guide. Join a not-to-be-missed sundowner drive. Relax at the end of the day in the natural rock-pool. We can also recommend a visit of the famous rock art galleries at Matobo Hills. Matabo hills gained World Heritage status because of its rich cultural diversity.

MASVINGO – 1 NIGHT

The highlight of this area are the Great Ruins of Zimbabwe. They are located a little less than 30 kilometres beyond the south-eastern town of Masvingo. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built between 1100 and 1450 AD. It extends over almost 800 ha and is divided into three groups: the Hill Ruins, the Great Enclosure and the Valley Ruins. You will be amazed by the quality of these buildings, which is outstanding. It demonstrates that it was built by craftsmen who took pride in their work.

GONAREZHOU NATIONAL PARK – 3 NIGHTS

“Gonarezhou” means “Place of many Elephants”. It is an extremely scenic area with an ambience of unspoiled wilderness. Enjoy a full day tour to Chilojo Cliffs overlooking the scenic Runde River valley. Track the 3km-walking trail from the Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge to the fascinating Chivilia Falls – characterized by a rugged landscape. Relax at the end of the day on Mahenye Island, an ideal setting to watch the sunset and unwind from your safari adventures.

MUTARE/EASTERN HIGHLANDS – 1 NIGHT

Musangano Lodge offers several activities to explore this beautiful part of Zimbabwe. Choose a leisurely one-hour afternoon stroll through the woodlands or a more demanding three hour trek up the surrounding hills. Are you a golf-lover? Then try the picturesque eighteen-hole course at the Mutare Hillside Golf Club or enjoy the fresh and clear mountain air on horseback. Visiting the Eastern Highlands will be an unforgettable experience. Come and explore this paradise of waterfalls, streams, rich vegetation and wild life!

HARARE – 1 NIGHT

Your journey ends in the capital city of Zimbabwe, Harare. It is a beautiful, light-filled, open city situated high on the country’s central plateau. Purchase your last souvenirs at the open flea market in Mbare. You can find colorful crafts from baskets and clothing. For a last glimpse onto Mama Africa, head to The Kopje, a granite hill rising above the south-west corner of central Harare.

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