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 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
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.
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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
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.
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.
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
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.
This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.