9-Day Zimbabwe Highlights Tour from Harare

Harare, Zimbabwe

Experience Rating

Discover the highlights of Zimbabwe. This tour combines the beauty of Lake Kariba and Hwange National Park with the history of the Great Zimbabwe ruins and Matoba National Park.
  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

8 breakfasts
8 dinners
Transport (airport pick-up and drop-off)
Game watching activities and sightseeing as specified
Professional guide
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Harare Airport

Departure Time

Please contact the local supplier for pick-up time

Return Details

Victoria Falls Airport
From Harare you'll journey to the Eastern Highlands and experience the Bvumba Mountains, then head for Masvingo with a tour of the Great Zimbabwe ruins, a national monument and World Heritage Site. We visit the Matobo Hills and enjoy a tour of the Matobo National Park. Make your way to Hwange National Park and enjoy open-vehicle game drives on the Hwange concession, and visit the Painted Dog Sanctuary. Travel to the district of Binga towards Lake Kariba's south-western shore, getting ready for spectacular views and dramatic sunsets! Relax on scenic boat cruises and enjoy time at leisure at the lake. Transfer to Victoria Falls, with the perfect opportunity to extend your trip to include the impressive Victoria Falls.


Day 1: Harare – Mutare, Eastern Highlands (D)

On arrival in Harare, you will be welcomed by your tour guide. Travel south-east to the Eastern Highlands, a region of rugged mountains and scenic beauty. You will have the opportunity to experience the Bvumba Mountains, dominated by savannah woodland, offering spectacular views over the highlands and tropical lowlands of Mozambique. Although small in area, the mountains are a botanical paradise and home to some of the rarest butterflies in the region. Overnight in the Mutare region.

Overnight: Leopard Rock Hotel or similar


Day 2: Mutare – Masvingo (B/D)

After breakfast, the journey continues to the home of the architectural magnificence of the Great Zimbabwe ruins. The majestic Lodge at the Ancient City sits spectacularly on a granite ridge, within the shadows of the iconic Great Zimbabwe national monument, offering its guests a royal level of comfort and hospitality upon which the ancestors would surely have nodded in approval.

Overnight: Lodge at the Ancient City or similar

Day 3: Masvingo (B/D)

Your day begins with a tour of the Great Zimbabwe Monument, a World Heritage Site. The Great Zimbabwe Monument is believed to have been fashioned between 1250 and 1450 AD, from regular rectangular granite blocks skillfully placed one upon the other without the use of tools, and gives us an idea of stone masonry few if any could emulate today. This World Heritage Site is a unique historical, cultural and archaeological landmark with many unusual artifacts, including the Zimbabwe bird (a national emblem and the subject of its own myths and legends), to be found there.

Overnight: Lodge at the Ancient City or similar

Day 4: Masvingo – Matobo Hills (B/D)

This morning you will set off to the Matobo Hills, a range of domes, spires and balancing rock formations which have been hewn out of the solid granite plateau through millions of years of erosion and weathering. Matobo National Park is also the burial place of Cecil John Rhodes and Mzilikazi, the great Ndebele King. The Park, a World Heritage Site, is home to a broad variety of wild game and bird species.

Overnight: Matobo Hills Lodge or similar

Day 5: Matobo Hills – Hwange (B/D)

Enjoy a tour of the Matobo Hills National Park, a unique park with not only animals but some of the most breathtaking granite scenery. Your journey continues to Hwange National Park, world-renowned for its daunting size of 14,650 square kilometres, and for the wide variety of game that call the national park home: buffalo, zebra, giraffe, all the big cats, hyena, wild dog, rhino and the world's largest concentration of elephants.

Overnight: Sable Sands Lodge or similar

Day 6: Hwange (B/D)

Today you'll embark on a morning and afternoon open-vehicle game drive on the Hwange concession. Hwange National Park carries 105 mammal species, including 19 large herbivores and eight large carnivores. Elephant make up the largest proportion of the biomass. All Zimbabwe's specially protected animal species are to be found in the park and it is the only protected area where gemsbok and brown hyena occur in reasonable numbers. The population of wild dog to be found here is thought to be of one of the largest surviving groups in Africa today.

Overnight: Sable Sands Lodge or similar

Day 7: Hwange – Kariba (B/D)

After breakfast head towards the Painted Dog Sanctuary, also known as the African Wild Dogs. They are among the continent's most endangered species. At the sanctuary they built on education, community involvement and international support to improve the equality and abundances of the dogs. Make your way to the district of Binga, a fishing, boating and cultural centre towards the western end of Lake Kariba's southern shore. After arriving in the district, embark on a scenic cruise, where you will have the opportunity to view some of Africa’s wildlife that makes this lake their personal waterhole.

Overnight: Masumu River Lodge or similar

Day 8: Kariba (B/D)

Enjoy a leisurely day at Lake Kariba, joining a relaxing boat cruise, in search of lion, elephant, rhino, leopard, cheetah, impala, kudu and eland as they make their way to the lake for water.

Overnight: Masumu River Lodge or similar

Day 9: Kariba – Victoria Falls (B)

Your journey ends with a transfer to Victoria Falls airport for your onward flight.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • All departures are in English
  • A minimum of 2 people and maximum of 16 per booking is required
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers

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