Day 1: Arrival in Harare check in the hotel, relax and prepare for the next days road trip.
Day 2;Harare -Masvingo
We depart from (Harare 296 km ) for the greatest medieval city in sub-Saharan Africa. Great Zimbabwe (designated a world heritage site) are impressive, built over hundreds of years ago, between the 11th and 14th centuries). On arrival you will be assisted to check into lodges or similar. This afternoon, we will tour the ruins of Africa’s second largest stone structure (after the Egyptian pyramids) which share the region with one of the most attractive game parks in the country. These are without doubt the most famous and most splendid ancient ruins in sub-Saharan Africa. The place is surrounded by myths and mystique that have puzzled experts for years; try a moonlight tour to prove that. Take your time to explore both the ruins in the valley and the so-called acropolis on the hill, and marvel at the skill of those ancient architects and stone masons. According to historians, it was a sophisticated complex of buildings that could have housed over 40 000 people at its peak.’
Archaeological findings have shown that it was a religious and temporal capital of great significance. Informative educational lectures are presented by local experts. Excursions are led by knowledgeable tour guides.
Overnight at lodge of your choice in masvigo
Day 3;Masvingo-Bulawayo –Matobo Hills
After breakfast, we take a tour of the local village where we meet a traditional spirit medium who is attuned to the ancient spirits of the ruins. This region is bathed in mystery, and academics are divided about the history of the ruins. This is followed by sight-seeing in Mushandike Sanctuary, which is a close distance to this monument. The Mutirikwe National Park is a beautiful amalgamation of scenic landscape, manicured trees and granite structures. A must visit for nature lovers, it houses exotic plants like aloe and giant cacti. We move to the Mutirikwe dam and we enjoy the blue waters of the second largest man made dam in Zimbabwe after Kariba dam, before departing for Zimbabwe’s oldest national park, Matobo (also UNESCO-designated). We pass through Zimbabwe’s second capital, Bulawayo, en-route to Matobo Hills, where we visit the nearby Khami ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Once the capital of the kingdom of Butua, the ruins include pavement and decorated stone walls of the royal enclosure dating from the 13th century. We complete our journey to Matobo, with its beautiful rock formations.
Overnight at matobo hills lodge in case there is availability or space or back to the former accommodation
Day 4;Matobo Hills National Park
This day you have a full day to explore the Matobo hills, which are home to an outstanding collection of rock paintings, the largest in southern Africa. Indeed, Matobo does offer a variety of sights; some striking scenery notably the “Kopjes” – strangely shaped weathered granite outcrops often in the form of huge “marbles” balanced on top of each other. This is an outstanding game park, which is full of reintroduced animals and, in terms of the whole gamut of African wildlife parks. By exploring the Matobo Hills, you will learn a lot about the African culture. You will be gathering a lot of knowledge about the history of this area. There are some amazing ancient rock paintings in the Matobo Hills. We will Visit the Site Museums at Nswatugi and Pomongwe San painted caves as well as a number of caves or overhangs which can be visited and contain Rock paintings.
On the hill ¨Malindidzimu¨, the legendary place of benevolent spirits also known as ¨View of the World¨, are the tombs of Cecil John Rhodes, Leander Starr Jameson, Sir James Coghlan, and the Allan Wilson Memorial.
Overnight at matobo hills lodge in case there is availability or space or back to the former accommodations
Day 5;Bulawayo city (city of kings and Queens
After a breakfast, we depart for Bulawayo where you will be taken on a sightseeing tour to the major tourist attractions which includes the National History Museum, and the Railway Museum,
Bulawayo is Zimbabwe’s second-largest city and the nation’s original capital. Its quiet streets don’t have quite the same draw as Victoria Falls, but this once-industrial city is still worth a visit—particularly for those who want to experience Zimbabwe’s rich history and culture. The area’s National Art Gallery houses a wide-range of local crafts such as baskets and clay sculptures, while its extensive collection of ethnographic artwork, like masks and headdresses once used in religious ceremonies, is one of the largest in the country. The slightly more dated Natural History Museum opened in 1964 and offers a detailed look at Zimbabwe’s pre- and post-colonial history, local culture and traditional customs.
Visitors to Bulawayo can also enjoy the cool shade of towering trees in Centenary Park and Central Park, or take a refreshing dip in the city’s only public pool. The Tshabala Wildlife Sanctuary, about eight kilometers outside city limits, is a popular stop for animal lovers, who can view giraffes, zebras and warthogs in the expansive savanna by foot or on horseback.
Overnight at Cresta hotel or any other accommodations in Bulawayo
Day 6; Depending on availability of flights you can fly from Bulawayo airport or take a road trip to Harare and fly from Harare.