Really Good 8.7/10
Zimbabwe is well-known for its natural and man-made wonders, among which are the Victoria Falls, Hwange National Parks, and the great Zimbabwe ruins. Less known, but equally interesting are the Eastern Highlands, famous for its stunning landscapes. Your camera will love this safari trip. Zimbabwe is known for its people who are eager to share their country, their culture, and their hospitality with you. You are invited to share your love for the magnificent Zimbabwe.
Nyati Travel has carefully selected self-catering and fully equipped lodges which are simple but clean. Most of these are situated in National Parks, making this tour very affordable and surrounded by wildlife. All lodges are equipped with cooking facilities, an outside “braai”, basic pots, pans, cutlery, and a fridge. National parks supply you with firewood at an extra cost. The details of your accommodation is as follows:
You will be met upon your arrival at the Harare International Airport, then you will be transferred to a very comfortable lodge in the suburb of Greendale on a Bed and Breakfast basis. One of the experienced travel consultants will meet you to advise you on everything you want to know about your trip. You will receive all of your travel documents, such as vouchers for accommodation, a roadmap, a detailed itinerary, a list of phone numbers, and contact details of all service providers.
Depending on your time of arrival, there may be some time to visit Harare. It has some interesting historical sites like the Parliament Building in the center, the so-called Kopje, from which you have a magnificent view over the city. The Botanical gardens are beautiful during any time of the year. The Domboshava rock paintings are well known for its quality and its stunning surroundings. There are various markets and shopping centers to be visited. Harare has a vibrant nightlife with life performances of all sorts of art forms (music, arts, theater).
There will be an easy 4-hour drive takes you to Nyanga National Park. Nyanga is known for its spectacular views with wonderful names: Worlds View, Honde View, Pungwe View, and Mutarazi View. In Nyanga National Parks, there is Mount Inyangani, the highest mountain in Zimbabwe, with a fairly easy climb, except when it rains.
History left its marks in this whole area. There are remnants of early settlers: forts, the so-called pit structures, all are quite well documented in the Ziwa museum. Near Rhodes Nyanga Hotel, there is another museum, telling the stories of Cecil Rhodes who left part of his legacy in Nyanga. You would like to have tea and scones at one of the resorts and warm yourself by the cozy fireplace. You can also try trout fishing in the crystal waters.
Chimanimani is a paradise for hikers. The views are different than those in Nyanga. This is a raw nature. Nothing rolls here, things peak right up to heaven. A hidden gem is The Corner, ask the locals how to get there, it is on the access road to the Cashew valley road. Haroni and Rusitu Forest reserves are worth visiting as well, especially for birders. You will love Chimanimani, its skies, its peaks, its trails, and its independent people.
For those who have fit, a day trip from base camp is a must. First a 20-minute drive to the entrance point, then a hike to the Hut. It has a great climb, which takes about 2 hours. For the less adventurous, Nyati Travel advises the 1-hour easy walk to the Bridal Veil Waterfalls, a small but impressive waterfall which has lots of stories to tell you!
After breakfast, you will depart for Masvingo, the home of the famous Great Zimbabwe Ruins. The drive is about 350 kilometers, and takes about 4 to 5 hours, on a quiet road with great landscapes. Zimbabwe derived its name from the massive stone walls found at Great Zimbabwe. Historians and archaeologists are still excited about this place. The ruins are surrounded by unanswered questions: It is advised that you to take at least 2 to 3 hours for your visit, guided by one of the excellent local guides.
You will depart for Bulawayo, the second city of Zimbabwe, in a 4-to-5-hour drive. You can do a short walk in the city center, which has a great variety of historical buildings. One of them is the famous national gallery. A visit to the Natural History Museum is an attractive option. The drive to Matopos National Park from Bulawayo center takes about 45 minutes. Once you have seen the landscapes In Matopos, you will understand why John Cecil Rhodes wanted to be buried in its granite rocks.
You can spend a full day exploring Matopos National Park. It is recommended to go on foot, with a guide, to trace the white rhino. It is as exciting as looking for gold or diamonds. Experiencing the expertise and passion of the local guides simply adds joy and awe to your memories. This activity can be pre-booked at time of booking. The rock paintings tell you stories of the far behind past. Nyati Travel can assure you that whatever you do this will be an awesome day you won’t forget!
After breakfast, you will depart for Hwange National Park which will take about 4 hours' long. This is Big 5 country. Hwange National Park is the largest national park of Zimbabwe (1.5 million hectares). It has a great diversity of wildlife and has more than 200 bird species. It is this unique wildlife experience which will make you come back to the magic of Africa!
Another day with wildlife activities. Experience the thrill of the big game and plains game sightings. Nyati Travel still have to encounter someone who got too much of it.
After breakfast, you will depart for the journey of about 2 hours' drive to the Victoria Falls. The Victoria Falls don’t need much introduction, they are known all over the world. This is a full-adrenaline territory for rafting, kayaking, canoeing, horse riding, and other exciting activities with weird names, such as bungee jump, zip line, cable slide, and the gorge swing. For the less adventurous, there are boat cruises, game drives in Zambezi National Park, interaction with elephants and lions, and helicopter rides over the falls. All activities can be booked at tour operators in town, you can also pre-book activities at a time of booking this tour.
Today you can explore the Victoria Falls and participate in a wide choice of activities. All activities can be booked at tour operators in town, you can also pre-book activities at a time of booking this tour.
From here, you can start your extensions. If you are not extending your stay, you will be collected for your transfer to the airport for your flight. Your visit to Zimbabwe will undoubtedly have made lasting memories! Share them with others.
A good and reliable standard car as well as a Nissan Patrol 4 x 4 station-wagon or similar car during day 2 to 7. The car will be driven by an excellent driver who is also your guide. Your transport Includes fuel, one-way fee, fully comprehensive insurance, all costs for the driver (accommodation, meals, wages, overtime), and toll fees.
This safari will take place in the following locations: Harare, Nyanga, Chimanimani, Masvingo, Matobo, Hwange, and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
Book your flight to arrive at Harare International Airport (HRE). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Nyati Travel will pick you up from the airport.
"Well organized compact ( 7 days) self drive road trip from Harare to Masvingo, Matopo Hills, Hwange wildlife ending at Vicfalls giving a perfect insight of the highlights of Zimbabwe."
"Car is personally delivered and picked-up. All details were documented. Lodges/guesthouses were excellent."
"Personal assistance from Nyati by phone if needed."
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"Nyati organized for us an 11-day busy working holiday. A primary school near Macheke was the original goal of our visit. After the third donation to the school, we decided to visit the school. Friendly Bronte Hotel was our base in Harare. After a city tour through Harare, friendly Nyati driver Crinias drove us safely to the school. After a 2-night stay near the school, we went via Murewa, where we visited the Districts Inspector of Education, back to Harare. After that, our real holiday started. Flying to the gorgeous Victoria Falls. The stay near Victoria Falls Safari lodge is recommended. From there, we went by private bus to the Botswanan border and stayed for 3 nights in Kubu lodge, a relaxing place, from where we made 2 game drives and 1 boat cruise into the Chobe National Park. Chobe National Park near Kasane is fantastic and can compete with the well-known game parks in Kenya. Our trip was well organized by Nyati."
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"l had a courtesy of a voucher for an amazing day of an extended Nyati Tours which will forever be a source of fond memories. The voucher was an awesome gift l got after winning Miss University of Zimbabwe 2015. Together with my friends, Nyati Travel took us to Ngoma Kurira which is in Domboshava, 40 kilometers from Harare with a cheerful and extremely assured driver, Mr. Zambezi. Upon arrival, the activities that we had including mountain climbing, sightseeing with impeccable views, exploration of caves that uncovered Zimbabwe's history as portrayed through rock art and paintings presumed to originate from the stone age. Not only was this refreshing but it was an enlightening experience, particularly learning the history of Zimbabwe through the art and paintings in caves accompanied by detailed commentary by our guide, who was ever present to address our curiosity, and of course not forgetting the delicious food provided. Thank you Nyati Tours for the memories."
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"Nyati Travel organized a lovely day tour for our family during a layover in Harare. Terence from Nyati proposed that we go to Chivero, which is a lake and small nature reserve close to Harare. Even though we had just come back from Mana Pools, we agree that Chivero was a good choice, as we saw loads of rhinos and quite a few other animals. Seeing the rhinos capped off a great safari in Zimbabwe. Our guide / driver for the day, John was fantastic and took good care of us. Everything was well planned and executed: from providing tour options over email at very short notice, to confirming with us by reaching out to the remote wilderness camp where we were staying in Mana Pools, and ultimately picking us up and dropping us back at the airport on time. I highly recommend this company and will look forward to using their services when I am in Zimbabwe again."
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