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Tour regions in Zimbabwe seldom visited on this 8-day trip. Stay in a safari camp near the World Heritage Site of Matobo Hills. Track black or white rhino and hike through the breathtaking granite castle kopjes. Tour the Great Zimbabwe Monument outside of Masvingo and continue south to Gonarezhou National Park. Go on game drives and spot the Big 5 as you tour this wild and remote region of Zimbabwe. This lesser-traveled Zimbabwe tour exposes its guests to a side of the country rarely seen.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Bulawayo | Camp Amalinda
Days 2-3 : Matobo National Park
Day 4 : Great Zimbabwe Monument
Day 5 : Transfer to Gonarezhou National Park
Days 6-7 : Gonarezhou National Park
Day 8 : Fly to Harare


  • Experience a true Zimbabwe safari in remote & wild Gonarezhou National Park
  • Tour the Great Zimbabwe Monument near Masvingo
  • Track rhino and hike through stunning granite boulders in Matobo Hills
  • Learn about the ancient cultures of Zimbabwe

Places Visited

  • Africa
  • Zimbabwe
  • Bulawayo
  • Camp Amalinda
  • Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge
  • Gonarezhou National Park
  • Great Zimbabwe Monument
  • Harare
  • Masvingo
  • Matobo National Park
  • Matopos


Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level

Easy Active

Trip Snapshots

Enjoy a fire on the beach Breathtaking views from Chilo Gorge Lodge Chilo Gorge Amazing sightings in Gonarezhou Amazing wildlife viewing at Gonarezhou Infinity Rock Pool The red sandstone Chilojo Cliffs

Day 1 Arrive Bulawayo | Camp Amalinda

Fly in to Bulawayo today where you are met by a Camp Amalinda representative and set out for the transfer to the camp set 45 km outside of town. Tucked into the hills of the granite giants and castle kopjes of Matobo Hills, Camp Amalinda offers its guests direct access to this unique World Heritage Site. Settle in tonight and look out over the zebra watering hole as you enjoy your first evening on safari in Zimbabwe.

Contact us to arrange additional hotel nights during layovers en route.

Day 2-3 Matobo National Park

  • Hotel
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend these days exploring Matobo National Park. Set out with a guide on a walking safari to learn about the natural architecture of the area, or enjoy a more strenuous hike to Nanke Cave. You can also set out to track black or white rhino here, a rare possibility in most parts of Zimbabwe. A professional guide teaches you the nuances of rhino tracking as you set out to practice your new skill. Or if you prefer a more cultural experience, visit nearby Matabele town. Families may opt to invite you into their homestead and you may tour the school and local orphanage. Visit the final resting place of John Rhodes, or opt to go back into Bulawayo town to visit the small museum there. The days are yours to plan with two scheduled activities included in your stay each day.

Day 4 Great Zimbabwe Monument

  • 1 Breakfast
Say goodbye to Matobo hills today and start out with your expert guide from Camp Amalinda to the town of Masvingo. This afternoon your guide takes you to the nearby Great Zimbabwe Monument, one of Zimbabwe’s most popular tourist attractions. Your guide tours with you and shares the history of the site before returning to Camp Amalina. Enjoy dinner in Masvingo tonight on your own. Settle in to your accommodation this evening, Norma Jeane's, a cozy family-run bed and breakfast overlooking Lake Mutirkwe.

Day 5 Transfer to Gonarezhou National Park

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today set out for a private road transfer from Masvingo to Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge near Gonarezhou National Park. The 5-hour drive takes you into some of the most pristine and untouched wilderness in all of southern Africa. This is the second largest National Park in Zimbabwe after Hwange and is one of the most ‘wild’ sections of land due to its remoteness and limited accessibility. Arrive to Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, a stunning property set along the Save River, a main water artery for the park.

Day 6-7 Gonarezhou National Park

  • Hotel
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend these days exploring the area and spotting wildlife in Gonarezhou National Park. Take part in two scheduled safari activities or one full-day excursion each day during your stay here. Game drives in the park offer guests the chance to spot some amazing wildlife. Visit the Tambahata Pan to spot birdlife in the area, or experience the Shangaan way of life with a visit to nearby Mahenye Village. Depending on the water level, a boat cruise on the Save River, fishing, or a walk to Chivilila Falls can also be arranged. A full-day excursion to the beautiful red Chilojo Cliffs is also a guest favorite. This is some of the most stunning natural cliff architecture of its kind in all of Southern Africa.

Day 8 Fly to Harare

  • 1 Breakfast
Drive to the nearby Mahenye airstrip for a private charter flight to Harare International Airport in time to connect with your flight out of Zimbabwe.

Camp Amalinda

Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge

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Rates based on group of 2 in double occupancy.


  • 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
    • 7 Nights Lodge
  • 7 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.
  • Internal Flights


  • International Flights
  • Visa Fees

Recommended Budgeting

  • $70 Meals not Included
  • $50 Airport Departure Tax
    • Some international fares may include a portion of this.
  • $90 Park Entrance Fee
    • Matobo NP Fees $15 p/day, Great Zimbabwe $10/person payable in cash, Gonarezhou NP fees $30 pp/day
  • $40 Optional Excursions
  • $80 Estimated Hotel in Layover City TBD
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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