15 Day Historic Zimbabwe

15 Day Historic Zimbabwe

Overview

Harare – Nyanga National Park – Bvumba Mountains – Great Zimbabwe Ruins – Bulawayo – Matobo National Park
15 Days | 14 Nights

From USD$4439 per person sharing to USD$4644 per person sharing

Day 1 & 2:           Jacana Gardens Guest Lodge, Harare

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 south-west of Harare – offers great views over the city.

Overnight: Jacana Gardens Guest Lodge

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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.

Day 2 Itinerary

This morning, you will be collected from Jacana Gardens Guest-house and begin your City Tour of Harare.

The ‘City Tour’ with take you to visit down town Harare, Historical buildings like the Parliament, The High Court, various churches & old shops. Harare Kopje – the highest point of Harare with a 360 degree view of the city. Mbare Musika with its huge vegetable market and the big hall with curios. It will also take you past Doone Estate which has Chapungu Sculptures and various shops for souvenirs.

You will then have a small break, before doing out in the afternoon for the ‘Historical Tour – Queen Victoria Museum & National Archives’.

The Queen Victoria Museum is a small museum, which concentrates on nature history and ethnology.

The National Archives

The priceless collection of Rhodesian and Africana in the form of diaries, notebooks and reposts of various origins, are houses in the National Archives. Some of the original works of some of the greatest names in African exploration and missionary can be viewed.

From here, you will head back to Jacana Gardens Guest-house, to relax for the rest of the afternoon before your trip to Nyanga tomorrow.

Activities

Harare City Tour
Historical Tour – Queen Victoria Museum & National Archives

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 3 & 4:           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.

Day 1 Itinerary

This morning, you will be collected by your driver/guide and begin your trip to the Nyanga. This is about a 3 – 4 hour drive, not including your time to stop and visit the rock Paintings at Diana’s Vow and Ruins.

After having a look at these 2 sites, you will proceed onto Nyanga – you will spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing in the tranquil surrounds before doing some exploring tomorrow.

Overnight: Pine Tree Inn

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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.

Activities

Diana’s Vow & Ruins

Day 2 Itinerary

This morning, you will have a hearty breakfast before getting collected by your driver guide to do some exploring. On the agenda today will be a visit to the ZIWA Ruins, The Pithouse Village, Nyangwe Fort & finally Rhodes Nyanga Hotel Museum.

Activities

ZIWA Ruins
The Pithouse Village
Nyangwe Fort
Rhodes Nyanga Hotel Museum

Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 5 & 6:           Leopard Rock Hotel, Bvumba Mountains

Bvumba Mountains

Resting on the Zimbabwe-Mozambique border, 30km km south east of Mutare, the spectacular Bvumba or Vumba Mountains rise to an impressive 1911m peak at Castle Beacon. The year-round abundance of exotic flora and fauna make Bvumba an ideal destination for nature lovers seeking the rarest bird and butterfly species in the region as well as endangered samango monkey and even the elusive mountain leopard. Spend your days hiking Bvumba’s picturesque hillsides, verdant natural forests, and breathtaking landscapes where you will discover a botanical treasure trove of unique African bird, animal and plant life. Don’t miss the Bunga Forest Botanical Reserve and the nearby Bvumba Botanical Garden which is designed around a number of small streams and includes an important cycad collection, with 59 of the 189 known species.

Day 1 Itinerary

Explore Leopard Rock’s distinguished Castle, built in 1946 by Italian prisoners of war. The Castle balcony is perfect for a sundowner set against a back drop of awe-inspiring views of The Burma Valley, Mozambique and Leopard Rock.

Overnight: Leopard Rock Hotel

Leopard Rock Hotel

Accurate observation from a discerning and accomplished traveller – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who famously stayed at the hotel with her daughter, Princess Margaret, and was so taken with the hotel and its spectacular surroundings that she was inspired to pen these words for posterity.  Leopard Rock is more than a hotel: it is a welcoming and diverse holiday resort for travellers of all ages and all backgrounds, as well as a superb conference and celebration venue, golfers’ dream course and nature lovers’ haven – with wildlife in the hotel’s own game sanctuary and a huge variety of birdlife, among which is a selection of unique species. The hotel has leisure and entertainment aplenty – from satellite television reception in all bedrooms and suites to holiday supervision and outdoor arrangements for children, and from the hotel’s own casino to access to the many sights and attractions of the surrounding Eastern Highlands.  Whether you like to curl up in front of a winter fire with a good book or take walks and runs across the mountainous terrain, or whether you’re here for business, sport or a vacation, the warmest of welcomes awaits every guest.

Activities

Castle Tour

Recommended

Horse Riding

Day 2 Itinerary

Resident guides will take you on a walk up into the Enchanted Forest. They possess a wealth of knowledge on the Forest’s flora and fauna as well as local folklore. Occasionally, the elusive leopard can be seen, a rare but magnificent treat!

The Afternoon Forest Hike finishes at Castle where you can enjoy a refreshing sundowner, with full bar service

Activities

Enchanted Forest Tour

Recommended

Guided Bird Walk

Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 7 & 8:           Lodge at the Ancient City, 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.

Day 1 Itinerary

This morning, you will begin you trip to Masvingo – the home of the ‘Great Zimbabwe Monument’. It is about a 3 – 4 hour trip without any stops. En-route, we would suggest doing a stop at ‘Birchenough Bridge’ – you may walk over if you would like to.We have also included a stop at the old ‘Italian Chapel’ which was built by the ‘Prisoners of War’. After this you will push on to Lodge at the Ancient City where you will spend the next couple of nights.

Overnight: Lodge at the Ancient City

Lodge at the Ancient City

Take a few steps back in time to the era of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe when you enter the luxury Lodge at the Ancient City. The Lodge evokes the splendour and mystery of the Great Zimbabwe Monument – the famous remains of the city that once housed a thriving African civilisation. The colonial government used to refer to it as the Zimbabwe Ruins.

Built on a granite outcrop, the Lodge at the Ancient City has sweeping views of a valley filled with trees, and faces in the direction of the Great Zimbabwe monument, so that you can see the Great Enclosure with its famous Conical Tower from the Hotel. Lake Mutirikwi, the third largest man-made dam in Zimbabwe, can also be seen. The main complex and guest lodges at the lodge are built from stone and thatch, with structures of granite stonewalling capturing the atmosphere of Zimbabwe’s oldest UNESCO World Heritage Site.

At night the firelight and soft mbira music at the Lodge at the Ancient City create a magical atmosphere. You can enjoy Table d’hôte meals in the open-air summer house, or, if the weather in Zimbabwe is not pleasant, in the thatched dining hall. Huge granite boulders, characteristic of the geology of many parts of Zimbabwe, form part of the lounge and bar at the Lodge of the Ancient City.

Activities revolve around the Great Zimbabwe Monument. Expert guides based at the Lodge offer a variety of explorative excursions to the famous Zimbabwe Ruins where they explain the origins and history and eventual decline of the city, the various trading routes as well as religious and social practices of the once thriving community. Game drives and walks in the nearby Lake Mutirikwi Recreational Park, sunset cruises on Lake Mutirikwi, as well as drives into the tribal areas surrounding the Great Zimbabwe site are also offered at the lodge.

In addition to a swimming pool, gift shop and laundry, the Lodge at the Ancient City offers well-equipped conference facilities for a maximum of 40 delegates. The Lodge at the Ancient City is an exceptional and unusual wedding venue and can accommodate up to 120 wedding guests. Airport transfers can also be arranged.

Activities

Birchenough Bridge
Italian Chapel

Masvingo

The capital of Masvingo Province, Masvingo town was formerly known as Fort Victoria. It is located in close proximity of Great Zimbabwe, an ancient city of mysterious origins that dates back thousands of years and shows evidence of an advanced civilization.

Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 2 Itinerary

After breakfast this morning – you will go to the Great Zimbabwe Monument to explore the day exploring these amazing ruins!

Activities

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.

Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 9, 10 & 11:           The Nesbitt Castle, Bulawayo

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.

Day 1 Itinerary

This morning, you will depart from Lodge at the Ancient City after breakfast and begin your trip to Bulawayo. This is approximately a 3 -4 hour trip without any stops.

On arrival at Nesbitt Castle you will say good bye to your driver guide and continue with the rest of your trip.

This afternoon, there is a ‘Royal Bulawayo Tour’ planned for you. This is about a 2 – 3 hour walking tour around Bulawayo looking at all the historical buildings and architecture in Bulawayo. It is guided by the renown – Paul Hubbard

Overnight: The Nesbitt Castle

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.

Activities

Royal Bulawayo Tour

Day 2 Itinerary

After breakfast, you will be collected by Paul Hubbard to spend the morning exploring Khami Ruins.

You will then come back for a short break, before going out in the afternoon for a visit to the National Railway Museum.

Activities

Khami Ruins National Monument
National Railway Museum

Khami Ruins National Monument

Khami Ruins National Monument is located to the west of the Khami River, 22 km from the city of Bulawayo. The property, a world heritage site, is located on a 1300 m hilltop downstream from a dam built during 1928-1929, is spread over a distance of about 2 km from the Passage Ruin to the North Ruin.

Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 3 Itinerary

After breakfast, you will be collected by Paul Hubbard and go on to explore the Dhlo Dhlo and Naletale Ruins. This is a full day trip with lunch included.

Activities

Dhlo Dhlo & Naletale Ruins Day Trip

Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 12, 13 & 14:        Camp Amalinda, Matobo National Park

Matobo National Park

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.

Overnight: Camp Amalinda

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Camp Amalinda, an African inspired refuge, where world-class facilities combine with the spiritual energy, allure and unique beauty, for which the Matobo Hills is so celebrated.

The granite domes and castle kopjes of the Matobo Hills, Zimbabwe, are among the most majestic rock sceneries in the world. Nestled in this unique range of hills is Camp Amalinda, situated only 45kms from Bulawayo. Amalinda consists of nine individually thatched rooms including 3 honeymoon suites, 3 family rooms, 2 double rooms & 1 single room, which are all set into the huge boulders. Each room is steeped in African historical artefacts of a bygone era and tucked away into an ancient bushman’s shelter, Camp Amalinda’s charm will leave an indelible impression on every visitor.

Included

Full Board and Activities
Drinks (Local Brands) Included

Day 15:        Departure

From USD$4439 per person sharing to USD$4644 per person sharing

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