9 Days Safari tour itinerary for zimbabwe: Gel With Wild Animals
Victoria Falls, Mutare, Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Hwange, Masvingo, Nyanga, Zambezi River
Explore the best of wildlife in Zimbabwe as you visit Nyanga National Park, Hwange National Park, Natural History Museum and other attractions that are set you entice you for another holiday.
Harare : welcome to Zimbabwe
You will be received by the tour representative upon arrival at the Harare International Airport or will be picked from the hotel of your choice.
Get transferred to Nyanga, Eastern Highlands.
An easy 4-hour drive will take you to Nyanga National Park. Nyanga is known for its spectacular views. In Nyanga National Park, there is Mount Inyangani: the highest mountain in Zimbabwe with a fairly easy climb, except when it rains.
Arrival and check-in at the hotel.
Nyanga : Eastern Highlands
After breakfast, you embark on a history trail with a full day drive in Nyanga National Park. History left its marks in the whole area. There are remnants of early settlers: forts, the so-called pit structures, all quite well documented in the Ziwa museum. Near Rhodes Nyanga Hotel there is another museum, telling the stories of Cecil Rhodes who left part of his legacy in Nyanga.
You can have tea and scones at one of the resorts and warm yourself at the cosy fireplace, or something more challenging: try trout fishing in the crystal waters.
Masvingo : Mysteries of the Great Zimbabwe
After breakfast, you depart for Masvingo, the home of the famous Great Zimbabwe Ruins. The drive is about 350 km, and takes about 4 to 5 hours, on a quiet road with great landscapes.
Hwange National Park : The Big 5
After breakfast, you will depart for Hwange National Park which will take about 7 hours. This is the Big Five's territory. Hwange National Park is the largest national park of Zimbabwe (1.5 million hectares). It has a great diversity of wildlife and has more than 200 bird species.
With the help of tour guides, you may encounter elephant, buffalo, sable antelope, lion, wild dog and the leopard. But don’t be surprised to spend 15 exciting minutes near an ant-hill to hear the amazing story of what‘s going on inside! It is this unique wildlife experience which will make you come back to the magic of Africa. We will indulge in a 3-hour night game drive.
Overnight stay in a lodge.
Hwange: Explore the Wilderness of Africa
Another day full of wildlife activities. Experience the thrill of big game and plain game sightings. Spend a full day on Safari in the Park.
Victoria Falls: Mosi O Tunya
After breakfast, you depart for the journey of about 3 hours to the Victoria Falls. Here, one can enjoy rafting, kayaking, canoeing, horse riding. Also on offer are bungee jumping, zip line, cable slide and the Gorge swing and more.
Upon arrival, you will be treated with a day excursion to the markets, have a homestead lunch and enjoy a sunset cruise on the Mighty Zambezi River and a delicious dinner.
Victoria Falls : Discover More
After breakfast, you will be transferred for an Elephant walk in Zambezi National Park and get a feel of an elephant back safari and interaction.
After the safari, you will be transferred to the nature sanctuary and crocodile farm. Later in the day, we will have a full opportunnity to visit the Vulture Restaurant where there is live vulture feeding.
Next, you will be transferred to explore the rainforest and the Victoria Falls for a 3-hour guided tour before proceeding to the Bridge for a adrenaline activity of your choice.
Have the best experience at the “Boma Dinner, Drum and Dance Show”.
Matopos National Park
Today, you depart for Bulawayo, the second city of Zimbabwe; a drive of about 4 to 5 hours. You can do a short walk in the city centre, which has a great variety of historical buildings, one of them the famous national gallery. A visit to the Natural History Museum is a great option.
Enjoy a walking tour with a guide, to trace the white rhino.
Overnight stay in a stunning lodge, just a short distance from the park. Built on a granite dome, surrounded by a theatre of tumbling rocks and kopjes with magnificent views.
Departure: Take your memories with you
Today, you will be picked up from the lodge for your transfer to Harare via Gweru for a walk with the lions.
End of the tour.
Accommodation: 9 nights lodges/hotels (3-4 star) (upgrade to 5 star is an option)
Meals: 10 breakfasts + 7 lunches + 9 dinners
Transport: tour with one of our excellent guides/drivers
Medical: Private medical facilities in Zimbabwe are sufficient for all first aid and common problems. Travellers requiring medical assistance for a blood transfusion, or who suffer any serious illness, or who are involved in an accident may require medical evacuation to South Africa. Excellent facilities are therefore one and a half hour away. Ensure that you have adequate travel insurance, including medical air evacuation, for the duration of your stay, and be sure to verify which circumstances and activities are excluded from your policy. Almost all medical services, such as doctors, hospitals and air ambulance medical evacuation, must be paid for in cash, as overseas medical insurance payments are not everywhere accepted. An overseas credit card will be very useful. Drink only bottled water which is everywhere available. In Zimbabwe, there is a risk of malaria in certain areas and/or during a certain time of the year. December to April are most risky in the lower areas of the country. In the dry season months July to October, malaria hardly occurs. You will need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria. Your doctor can help you decide which medicine is right for you. Protect yourself from mosquito bites. This includes covering up, using insect repellent
Safety: Zimbabwe is generally a safe country to travel. Street crime, such as pick-pocketing and bag snatching happens. Ensure that your personal belongings and travel documents are secure, particularly in crowded places, and carry a photocopy of your passport. Remain vigilant, avoid travelling alone and avoid walking after dark. Photography of people is generally no problem. Photography near government offices, airports, military establishments, in addition to other sensitive facilities, is prohibited. Laws are strictly enforced, and all restrictions should be observed. If in doubt, do not take a picture or consult your guide.
Visa Requirements: Passport must be valid for the period of your stay. Make sure there are some extra available pages in your passport. For most nationalities, a tourist Visa can be obtained on arrival at a fee of between US$30 and US $70 payable in cash. The visa is valid for a maximum of 1 month. Keep the address of your first hotel at hand as you need to enter this on your entry form. . For more information on visa requirements, check the following website: http://www.zimimmigration.gov.zw/index.php/visa-regime. We assist our clients to process their visa free of charge.
Disclaimer: It is your responsibility to make sure all the necessary visa and health requirements are fulfilled. We will advise you to the best of our ability but cannot be held responsible for any omissions in terms of visa and health requirements
Preparing for your tour
Climate The climate is tropical, although markedly moderated by altitude. There is a dry season, including a short cool season during the period May to September when the whole country has very little rain. The rainy season is typically a time of heavy rainfall from November to March
Equipment you need a torch, water bottle, sunhat/sunscreen and insect repellent. Binoculars are a must for your game drives.
Footwear Comfortable shoes (or good walking boots if planning to hike), trainers or sandals for relaxing/travelling.
Clothing should generally be lightweight for the day. Also take a fleece, long trousers, and a waterproof and windproof jacket. During winter (July) we recommend you bring plenty of warm clothing, as temperatures can drop significantly. During spring (September to November) temperatures can drop in the evening, during the day you need a hat and sunscreen to protect you against the strong sun.
Swimming pools can be cold in the winter months as they are outside and not heated.
Luggage. On tour, take a soft bag or suitcase. Also, take a backpack for items needed during any walks or sightseeing. Check with your airline the maximum weight of luggage allowed. Generally, the limit is 23 kg.
Electric Supply & Plugs 3 Pin Square (UK)
Mobile phone: It is possible to buy a sim card, it is best to do that on arrival at the airport at TelOne. Econet is also possible but you need to submit your address (proof of residence) to buy your sim card. Roaming on your own sim card is possible but generally expensive. Note that not everywhere in Zimbabwe there is signal for your mobile to work. Especially in game parks, do not expect a signal.
Victoria Falls, Mutare, Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Hwange, Masvingo, Nyanga, Zambezi River
Type of Tour
This tour is offered throughout the year.