Lake Mutirikwi Zimbabwe | Photo credit: RoamingFox

The 10 Best Road Trip Routes in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s stunning natural landscapes, rich wildlife, and cultural experiences all add up to road trips self-drive travelers dream of. Unforgettable scenic drives and adventure and outdoor activities await the adventurous traveler, and the journey between destinations is as rewarding as the destinations themselves.

Join us as we take a closer look at the 10 best road trip routes in Zimbabwe.

1. Great North Road (Harare to Victoria Falls)

Approximate Distance: About 860 kilometers (535 miles)

Take a trip from Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, to the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. At the Falls you can get the adrenaline going with seasonal whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, and microlight flights over the thundering waters.

You can also take a guided tour of the Falls, just be prepared to get sprayed by the mists.

Aerial View of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe

Aerial View of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Highlights:
  • Spotting the wildlife in Hwange National Park
  • Adventure activities and scenery at Victoria Falls
  • The Natural History Museum in Bulawayo

2. Bulawayo to Matobo National Park

Approximate Distance: About 35 kilometers (22 Miles)

This quick road trip from Bulawayo to Matobo National Park boasts unique rock formations and ancient cave paintings. The park itself offers hiking routes, wildlife viewing and the opportunity to be immersed in cultural experiences.

Matobo National Park Cecil John Rhodes burial sight | Photo credit: Roaming Fox

Matobo National Park Cecil John Rhodes burial sight | Photo credit: Roaming Fox

Highlights:
  • Spotting wildlife in Matobo National Park
  • Exploring the historical Khami Ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

3. Eastern Highlands (Harare to Nyanga)

Approximate Distance: Around 260 kilometers (162 miles)

The Eastern Highlands area is famous for its lush landscapes, mountain ranges, and verdant forests. Along the way from Harare to Nyanga, you’ll have the chance to explore the Mutarazi Falls, Nyanga National Park, and Honde Valley.

Hikers Enjoying the View at Mount Nyangani National Park Zimbabwe

Hikers Enjoying the View at Mount Nyangani National Park Zimbabwe

Highlights:
  • The scenic beauty, waterfalls, and mountain activities in Nyanga National Park
  • Lush forests, birdwatching, and cultural experiences in the Bvumba Mountains

4. Bulawayo to Masvingo (Great Zimbabwe Ruins)

Approximate Distance: Around 300 kilometers (186 miles)

Journey from Bulawayo to an ancient city of stone structures – the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. This picturesque drive offers insights into the country’s interesting history and the ruins that stand as testament to its early civilization.

The ruins of Great Zimbabwe | Photo credit: Roaming Fox

The ruins of Great Zimbabwe | Photo credit: Roaming Fox

Highlights:
  • The intricate architecture of the Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  • Fishing and watersports at Lake Mutirikwi

5. Harare to Lake Kariba

Approximate Distance: About 400 kilometers (248 miles)

Make your way from Harare to Lake Kariba, one of the planet’s largest artificial lakes. Your journey will take you through epic landscapes and stunning scenery, before you reach the magical destination of Lake Kariba, with its wildlife and watersports.

Lake Kariba Zimbabwe Ferry | Photo credit: Roaming Fox

Lake Kariba Zimbabwe Ferry | Photo credit: Roaming Fox

Highlights:
  • Sunsets, fishing, and relaxation on the shores of Lake Kariba
  • Wildlife viewing at Matusadona National Park

6. Harare to Mutare (Leopard Rock)

Approximate Distance: Around 270 kilometers (168 miles)

Experience the jaw-dropping beauty of the Vumba mountains as you journey from Harare to Mutare, also known as Leopard Rock. Explore the charming city of Mutare and pay a visit to the iconic Leopard Rock hotel and golf resort.

View from the balcony of Leopard Rock Hotel | Photo credit: Leopard Rock Hotel

View from the balcony of Leopard Rock Hotel | Photo credit: Leopard Rock Hotel

Highlights:
  • Dining at the Leopard Rock hotel and golfing at the resort
  • Mutare’s unblemished natural surroundings

7. Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park

Approximate Distance: Around 200 kilometers (124 miles)

Make your way from the majestic Victoria Falls to one of Zimbabwe’s largest and most diverse wildlife reserves. At the reserve you’ll encounter a wide variety and wildlife and be able to go on game drives to explore the area thoroughly.

Elephants Drinking Water at Hwange National Park Zimbabwe

Elephants Drinking Water at Hwange National Park Zimbabwe

Highlights:
  • Stunning scenery and adventure activities at Victoria Falls
  • Thrilling game drives and assorted wildlife at Hwange National Park

8. Harare to Gonarezhou National Park

Approximate Distance: Around 450 kilometers (280 miles)

A road trip from Harare to Gonarezhou National Park takes you to a less-visited but exquisite national park. Your journey takes you through diverse and stunning landscapes before you reach the park in a remote and untouched wilderness area.

Chilojo Cliffs on the Runde River Gonarezhou National Park Zimbabwe | Photo credit: zimbabewtourism

Chilojo Cliffs on the Runde River Gonarezhou National Park Zimbabwe | Photo credit: zimbabewtourism

Highlights:
  • Abundant wildlife and pristine wilderness at Gonarezhou National Park
  • Striking sandstone Chilojo Cliffs along the Runde River

9. Harare to Great Dyke (Chinhoyi Caves)

Approximate Distance: Around 120 kilometers (75 miles)

This short but rewarding drive takes you to the remarkable Chinhoyi Caves, a network of underground limestone caves with crystal-clear, blue-green waters ideal for diving and cave exploration. This route is famous for its unique landscapes.

Aerial View of Harare Zimbabwe

Aerial View of Harare Zimbabwe

Highlights:
  • Exploring the Chinhoyi Caves and swimming in the tranquil waters
  • The unique geological landscape of the Great Dyke

10. Harare to Chimanimani Mountains

Approximate Distance: Around 350 kilometers (217 miles)

Take a scenic trip to the Chimanimani Mountains in eastern Zimbabwe and you’ll be rewarded with epic hiking, stunning waterfalls, and the chance to connect with local communities. Discover diverse animal and plant life in Chimanimani National Park.

Chimanimani Mountains National Park from above

Chimanimani Mountains National Park from above

Highlights:
  • Hiking through lush forests and past waterfalls in the Chimanimani Mountains
  • Spotting the abundant wildlife in Chimanimani National Park

Each route through Zimbabwe offers a one-of-a-kind blend of natural beauty, wildlife encounters, cultural insights, and historical importance.

If you’re planning a road trip in Zimbabwe, speak to Drive South Africa about hiring a car, campervan, or 4×4 vehicle. The hiring process is simple, customer service is excellent, and all rental vehicles are well-maintained, making Drive South Africa Africa’s leading car rental service.

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