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Breathtaking views from Chilo Gorge Lodge
  • 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

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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. Your guide will teach 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.

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 Buffalo Range airstrip for a light aircraft flight to Harare International Airport in time to connect with your flight out of Zimbabwe.

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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



Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge

King Lodge at Chilo Gorge
Observe wildlife along the Save River from the deck
The red sandstone Chilojo Cliffs

Camp Amalinda

Camp Amalinda
Camp Amalinda
Camp Amalinda

Norma Jeane's Lakeview Resort

Exterior view of the Norma Jeane's Lakeview Resort
Exterior view of the Norma Jeane's Lakeview Resort
Gardens at the Norma Jeane's Lakeview Resort

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Rates based on group of 2 in double occupancy.
  • 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Departure Transfer
  • Internal Flights
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Meals not Included
  • International Flights
  • Optional Excursions
  • Airport Departure Tax - Some international fares may include a portion of this.
  • Visa Fees
  • Estimated Hotel in Layover City TBD
  • Park Entrance Fee - Matobo NP Fees $15 p/day, Great Zimbabwe $10/person payable in cash, Gonarezhou NP fees $30 pp/day

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.

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