Project Description

Southern Highlights

8 Days

Harare to Bulawayo


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Explore the undiscovered scenic and historical highlights of southern Zimbabwe. Enjoy extra-ordinary landscapes of the Chilojo Cliffs in the Gonarezhou, visit the Great Zimbabwe Monument and explore the magic of ancient San Bushman rock art in the Matobo Hills National Park.

Southern Highlights
Language English
Departure Days
Monday / Thursday. Daily on self-drive basis
Transport 4WD safari vehicles; Minibus; Light aircraft
Luggage Soft sided duffel bag / 20kg maximum inclusive of hand luggage
Group size  1-12 guests
Accommodation As per itinerary
Meals 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners
Meet and Greet
Harare International Airport
Scheduled air and road transfers
Game drives, walking safaris, cultural village tours, Great Zimbabwe Ruins tour, Rhodes’ Grave, San Bushman rock art
Entrance Fees
National park fees , community levies, monument entrance fees
Guide Registered guide per game lodge/boat

Excluded: Vehicle hire – contract fee, PAI, fuel, top up excess, rental deposit, additional driver fee • All alcoholic and soft drinks • All vehicle entrance and national park fees • Specialist / private guides • Gratuities and items of a personal nature • Travel, medical and personal accident insurance International and Regional scheduled flights and visas • Activities

  • Walking safari to Chilojo Cliffs
  • Great Zimbabwe Monument
  • Cecil John Rhodes’ grave site

Day 1-3


Guests arriving at Harare International Airport enjoy a meet and greet service. Guests will be assisted to a light aircraft for the scheduled air transfer to the Buffalo Range Airport (approximately 1.5 hours). Depart Buffalo Range to the Ghonarezhou National Park (approximately 2 hours).

Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, a luxury lodge in the Lowveld of Zimbabwe, overlooks the Gonarezhou National Park. Chilo is the ideal launch pad into this pristine wilderness area, which forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Peace Park, linking the Gonarezhou with Kruger National Park in South Africa and Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. Three major rivers – The Save, Runde and Mwenezi – cut their courses through the Park, forming pools and natural oases from which hundreds of species of birds, wildlife and fish gather to feed and drink. As its name implies, Gonarezhou is famous for its elephants, and many of the largest-tusked elephants in the region maybe found within the park.

Guests spend their days exploring on foot or in safari vehicles, visiting the iconic Chilojo Cliffs, interacting with the local Shangaan Tribes, and soaking up the authentic African experience, all under the excellent supervision of the resident professional guides, including the international award-winning conservationist, Clive Stockil. Stockil’s lifetime achievements in conservation are considered Africa’s greatest assets, and he has been awarded the prestigious Tusk Conservation Award for his dedication to engaging local communities in the conservation of their natural heritage.

Overnight at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge – Dinner, lunch and breakfast.

Day 4


After an early breakfast, guests depart by road to Masvingo, travelling via Buffalo Range and Mutirikwi National Park (approximately 5 hours). Great Zimbabwe Monument, also known as the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a medieval city believed to have served as a royal palace for the local monarch. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe during the country’s Late Iron Age. Construction on the monument began in the 11th century and continued until the 15th century. The stone city spans an area of 7.22km² which, at its peak, could have housed up to 18 000 people. The Great Zimbabwe Hotel offer spacious and comfortable accommodation with rooms overlooking a courtyard with lush gardens. The close proximity to the monument is ideal for guests as an overnight stop en route to the next destination.

Overnight at Great Zimbabwe Hotel – Dinner and breakfast.

Day 5-7


Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and travel west by road to the Matobo Hills National Park, the oldest national park in Zimbabwe (approximately 4.5 hours). The Matobo Hills are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guests will spend days exploring in the footsteps of Cecil John Rhodes and Mzilikazi, two famous 19th century men. It is here that the San Bushmen left their inscriptions on the rocks and caves over 2 000 years ago. The granite domes and castle kopjes echo the essence of tranquility and majesty of untamed Africa, where wildlife and birdlife species thrive in prolific numbers. Famous for its healthy population of endangered black and white rhino, which guests can track on foot, the area is one of the most sought after destinations in Zimbabwe.

Guests can also experience the history of the city of Bulawayo and Khami Ruins, the capital of the Torwa Dynasty which followed the disappearance of the state of Great Zimbabwe. This exclusive safari lodge is intimate and unique. Disguised in amongst some of these fascinating granite hills, the rooms offer a luxurious cave-like experience with magnificent, panoramic views over the hills and valley below.

Overnight at Amalinda Lodge – Dinner, breakfast, and lunch.

Day 8


Guests are transferred by road to Bulawayo International in time to continue with their own arrangements.

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