14 Day Discover Zimbabwe
14 Day Discover Zimbabwe Overview
- Nyanga National Park
- Eastern Highlands
- Great Zimbabwe Ruins
- Hwange National Park
- Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
14 Days | 13 Nights
From USD$4506 per person to USD$5226 dependant on season of travel
Day 1: Jacana Gardens Guest Lodge, Harare
Zimbabwe’s capital city is the country’s most cosmopolitan and contemporary destination, dotted with restaurants and bars, shops and markets. Its proud historical and cultural heritage is reflected in several well-preserved old buildings and informative museums, while its many parks and gardens provide a pleasant contrast to the bustling urban sectors. Located within easy reach of the city centre are the Mukuvisi Woodlands, comprising over 250 hectares of natural wilderness, while The Kopje – a rocky hill to the southwest of Harare – offers great views over the city.
Overnight: Jacana Gardens Guest Lodge
Jacana Gardens Guest Lodge caters for a maximum of 14 guests and offers small-scale luxury in a relaxing and tropical setting. We offer six newly decorated spacious bedrooms and one Garden Cottage, each with its own individual design, all en-suite and patio doors open onto the verandas. Our B&B includes an open-plan lounge area where guests can meet around one of the two fire places. Double doors open to both verandas giving access to the tropical garden.
Bed & Breakfast
Day 2 & 3: Pine Tree Inn, Nyanga National Park
Nyanga National Park
The rolling hills of the 47 000 hectare Park Nyanga National Park, on Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands, are home to a multitude of scenic rivers, refreshing streams and breathtaking waterfalls. The park boasts both Zimbabwe’s highest mountain peak and its highest waterfall and the elevated altitude provides a cool and pleasant climate and fresh mountain air, perfect for rest, relaxation and plenty of outdoor adventures. The mountainous terrain and its sparkling fresh water sources offer excellent opportunities for fly fishing, sailing, canoeing, swimming, and hiking. Visitors are likely to encounter a variety of fascinating wildlife including, among others: kudu, zebra, impala, sables, and eland.
Overnight: Pine Tree Inn
A relaxed and friendly atmosphere makes Pine Tree Inn one of Zimbabwe’s most charming hotels. Nestled in a forested valley, the inn has 14 rooms, all with en-suite facilities and most of them with views to the rocky mountains surrounding it.
Pine Tree Inn offers guests and friends a cocktail bar, lounge, veranda, lawn terrace, dining room and reception, all beautifully appointed with a home touch. The attractions of Nyanga are all within easy reach by road, including mountains, lakes, waterfalls, trout fishing, golf courses, horse riding, a casino and many other amenities. The Inn’s delightful bar is a must for all guests, who can meet some of the local community members over a drink in its warm and welcoming atmosphere. All bedrooms feature DSTV.
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Day 4 & 5: Musangano Lodge, Eastern Highlands
Zimbabwe’s eastern border with Mozambique is defined by the Eastern Highlands which is comprised of three ranges of hills and mountains: the lush rolling hills and endless tea plantations of the Nyanga range; the soaring granite peaks of the Chimanimani Mountains; and the fertile meadows and rich coffee plantations of the Bvumba range. These breathtakingly scenic mountains serve as an ideal backdrop for the wide variety of outdoor pursuits on offer such as hiking, horse riding, golfing, and trout fishing. The northern reaches of this remarkable wilderness features predominantly rolling heath-land which reminded European Settlers of Scotland leading them to create lakes, plant forests, and fill the streams with trout. Once the private estate of Cecil John Rhodes, this northernmost area is now known as the Nyanga National Park. From the gorgeous pine forests and trout lakes of this extraordinary park to the yellowwood trees, protea shrubs and refreshing mountain pools of Chimanimani in the south, the Eastern Highlands is the perfect destination for travellers looking to unwind in the tranquility of nature.
Overnight: Musangano Lodge
If you are looking for the ultimate getaway in the Eastern Highlands, with the promise of complete tranquillity and spectacular scenery, Musangano Lodge is the ideal location. Visitors soon fall under its spell because of its serene and peaceful atmosphere, charming accommodation, superb cuisine and stunning views, which invite to linger and unwind.
Spaced well apart for privacy, our tastefully furnished, very comfortable and spacious units are set on the lower slopes of a tree-covered hillside, blending well into the surrounding Miombo mountain woodland and offering magnificent views into valleys and towards mountains. Guests may choose between the larger, fully equipped self catering lodges for families and friends or smaller chalets for two with kitchenette and kettle.
Our PaMuchakata Restaurant has acquired an enviable reputation for serving delicious food, a blend of Central European and Southern African cooking – the best of the culinary arts of two worlds.
Musangano Lodge is ideally located for exploring the attractions of the Eastern Highlands like the Vumba Mountains, Nyanga National Park and Honde Valley. When you feel like stretching your legs, there are a variety of activities at hand on site and nearby to suit all ages and interests.
Our outreach community project ‘Nurturing Communities. Shaping Lives’ offers exciting insights into the lives of ordinary – and not so ordinary Zimbabweans with the rare opportunity of first hand experiences and lasting memories to take home.
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Day 6: Norma Jeane’s Lake View Resort, Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Once Zimbabwe’s capital, the ancient city of Great Zimbabwe is the biggest and most significant stone archaeological complex in sub-Saharan Africa. It is also one of its oldest – thought to date back to the 11th century and second only to South Africa’s Mapungwe. Composed entirely of rectangular granite blocks stacked on top of one another without the use of mortar, the walls and towers of the city measure up to 12 metres in places, and it is unsurprising that Great Zimbabwe was designated a World Heritage Site in 1986.
Overnight: Norma Jeane’s Lake View Resort
Norma Jeane’s Lake View Resort is set in the granite hills and Msasa woodland overlooking Lake Mutirikwe (formerly Lake Kyle) and a short 10 minutes The Great Zimbabwe Ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The emphasis is on luxury accommodation for the more discerning visitor, offering fully furnished and equipped self-catering lodges and luxury hotel rooms. The dining room providing breakfast, lunch and dinner with a view over the lake.
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Day 7 & 8: The Nesbitt Castle, Bulawayo
Zimbabwe second largest city is named after the royal kraal of Mizilikazi – founder of the Matebele Nation. The nearby Matapos National Park is the major tourist attraction in the Bulawayo area.
Overnight: The Nesbitt Castle
The Nesbitt Castle is a Bulawayo based boutique hotel. An authentic castle built in the 1800’s, the Castle is one of a few on the African continent, boasting 10 luxury suites each uniquely decorated. The Castle is everything you would come to expect from a classic boutique hotel, and we would like to share this little piece of Zimbabwean magic with you. From our award winning restaurant to our ranking at No. 1 on Tripadvisor your clients will be assured of top quality service, as is our Nesbitt Hospitality ethos.
Matobo National Park Day Trip
Idyllically located in the spectacular Matobo Hills, the renowned Matobo National Park is known for its rich human history, its remarkably diverse flora and fauna and its magnificent rugged terrain. This unspoiled natural wilderness features a range of massive red-tinged, granite boulders interspersed with gorgeous wooded valleys making it a dream destination for hikers, climbers and nature lovers alike. The reserve is compact, easily accessible and is home to an impressive range of African wildlife including the highly endangered black and white rhinoceros, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, cheetah, hippo, warthog and crocodile as well as Africa’s largest concentration of leopard and black eagles. This unforgettable national park serves as an ideal stopover for travellers heading to the popular tourist sites of Hwange and the majestic Victoria Falls.
Bed & Breakfast
Day 9, 10 & 11 Davison’s Camp, Hwange National Park
Hwange National Park
Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s biggest reserve, home to a profusion of wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra and approximately 40 000 elephants. It provides sanctuary for all the country’s endangered species, including a population of wild dogs thought to be among the most sizeable surviving groups on the continent. Terrain ranges from desert dunes and savannah lands to rocky outcrops and sparse forests, and visitors have the choice of game drives, guided walks or horseback safaris as a means of experiencing the park and its creatures.
Overnight: Davison’s Camp
Nestled under a grove of ancient false mopane trees, Davison’s Camp is situated in a remote, private corner of Hwange National Park. The camp overlooks an extremely productive waterhole that attracts a variety of plains game and predators. Eight comfortable en-suite tents and one family unit, along with a viewing deck, lounge and dining area stretching out onto an open deck with a fire pit, together offer the quintessential Hwange experience. Game activities include game drives in open 4×4 vehicles in the early mornings and evenings, while during the siesta hours, guests can view game from their tent verandas, as thirsty wildlife comes down to the waterhole to drink.
Drinks (Local Brands) Included
Day 12 & 13: Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi river at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or micro lights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay.
Overnight: Ilala Lodge
The warmest of welcomes awaits you at Ilala Lodge Hotel. A gracefully distinguished ambiance. Attentive yet discrete service that always comes with a smile. The sublime surroundings of our boutique hotel will reawaken your senses while the power of the majestic Victoria Falls renews your spirit.
Relax in luxurious style. Listen to the meditative rhythm of the great Zambezi as you drift off to sleep.As morning comes, gently awake and lift your head to see the spray of the majestic Victoria Falls across the unspoiled horizon – and let your soul sigh.
Feel at ease in our elegant and spacious rooms with African Teak furniture, soft, crisp linen – all
en-suite facilities, bathroom with separate shower, air conditioning, overhead fan, satellite TV, hair dryer, tea & coffee making facilities, free WiFi and a safe. 56 rooms in total including 2 Executive Suites, 2 Standard Suites, 20 Deluxe rooms and 32 Standard rooms.
The view from your room looks across the lawns to the National Parks where elephant, warthog, impala or the occasional buffalo might be passing by or simply grazing on the lawn or in the tree line.
Experience new tastes, indulge in unusual flavours and enjoy delectable dishes at our award winning restaurant “The Palm”; dine in view of the spray of the majestic Victoria Falls!
Wild Horizons Sundowner Cruise
The Zambezi River cruise is a superb way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the River. You may have the opportunity to see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile and elephant in their home environment, as well as enjoy the many different bird species.
The Sunset cruise is very popular and includes finger snacks, beer, wine, local spirits and soft drinks. There are great photo opportunities against often-spectacular African sunsets.Flocks of birds skim the waterline as the sun sets behind the African skyline.
Times: 16h00 – 18h30
Transfers: Transfers are included in the rate and guests are collected from all hotels and B&B’s in Victoria Falls town.
Wild Horizons Tour of the Falls Zimbabwe
The Victoria Falls – Now In Its 150 Millionth Fantastic Year – Reaches Its Zenith In About May each year. It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature’s Supreme Masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality…and nothing prepares you for your first sight.
This tour is conducted in the morning and afternoon. En route, clients may be taken past the ‘Big Tree’ where they may stop and take photos. Clients will be accompanied through the Rainforest by one of our qualified Guides who will give a brief history of the Falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest. Guides are also happy to assist clients with photographs whilst visiting this most spectacular of waterfalls. Raincoats are provided when needed.
AM between 08h00 and 08h30 from hotels and B&B’s in Victoria Falls Town
PM between 13h20 and 13h45 from hotels and B&B’s in Victoria Falls Town
Bed & Breakfast
Day 14: Departure
From USD$4506 per person to USD$5226 dependant on season of travel
Airport transfer from HRE International Airport to Jacana Gardens Guesthouse
1 night bed & breakfast basis at Jacana Gardens Guesthouse
Escorted tour from pick up at Jacana Gardens Guesthouse to drop off at Nesbitt Castle
2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast basis at Pinetree Inn
1 night dinner, bed & breakfast basis at Musangano Lodge
1 night dinner, bed & breakfast basis at Norma Jeane’s Lakeview Resort
2 nights bed & breakfast basis at Nesbitt Castle
1 x Matobo National Park Day Trip
Scheduled road transfer from Nesbitt Castle to Hwange Main Camp
Scheduled inter-camp transfer from Hwange Main Camp to Davison’s Camp
3 nights fully inclusive basis at Hwange Main Camp
Scheduled inter-camp transfer from Davison’s Camp to Hwange Main Camp
Scheduled road transfer from Hwange Main Camp to Ilala Lodge
2 nights bed & breakfast basis in a standard room at Ilala Lodge
1 x Sunset Cruise inclusive of National Park River Usage Fees
1 x Guided Tour of the Falls inclusive of National Park Rainforest Entrance Fees
Visa’s for Zimbabwe
Regional & International flights
Additional meals, drinks & activities not specified
National Park Conservation Fees not specified – currently US$10.00 ppp day (Nyanga NP/Bvumba Botanical Gardens)
National Park Monument fees – currently US$18.00 ppp entrance (Great Zimbabwe Monument), US$10.00 ppp day (Rhodes Grave Museum)
National Park Entrance Fee – currently US$5.00 per day
Items of personal nature
Rates and Price Variations: We reserve the right to vary prices and rates in the event of changes in exchange rates or price rises made by wholesalers or other suppliers. All prices are subject to availability and can be withdrawn or varied without notice. Subject to our Terms and Conditions