12 Day Zimbabwe Road Trip Itinerary

Zimbabwe Overland Road Trip Route and Itinerary

12 Day Zimbabwe Road Trip Itinerary

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Road Trip Highlights

Zimbabwe

4x4

12 days

4300 km

  • Matobo Hills is the burial site of Cecil John Rhodes and what amazing rock formations.
  • See amazing wildlife in Hwange National Park.
  • Experience the stillness of spending a night on Kariba Dam.
  • Visit the famous Mana Pools National Park.
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Alma is a South African travel blogger and writer. She hopes to inspire you with facts and fables about her adventures, road trips and international travel.

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Road Trip Itinerary

Activities Kms Stay
Day 1 To get to Zimbabwe, we traveled through Botswana and entered the country at the Groblersbrug Border Station. After that, we traveled to the Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge, our first campsite. 288 Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge
Day 2 We got up early the next morning to travel to Plumtree Border Stop. We arrived at our campground in Matobo National Park in the early afternoon, set up tent, and went exploring. 188 Matobo National Park
Day 3-6 After leaving Matobo National Park we drove to Bulawayo a short distance away, to stock up on fuel and supplies. We then made our way to our next destination which was Hwange National Park. 317 Hwange National Park
Day 7 The next part of our trip took us to Kariba dam, where we caught a ferry from Mlibizi, a village on the dam's southern shore. We spent the night on the ferry, crossed the dam from south to north, and got off in the town of Kariba. 129 Kariba Dam Overnight Ferry
Day 8 We refueled in northern Kariba. After stocking up on supplies, we continued to Mana Pools National Park in northern Zimbabwe. Nyamepi Camp on the Zambezi was our next stop. 570 Nyamepi Camp
Day 9 The following day, we traveled to the outskirts of Harare where we spent the night at a charming but eccentric guest home. It was luxurious after spending the last few nights in the wild. They even catered our dinner and breakfast meals and the food was delicious! 670 Troutbeck Resort
Day 10-11 Our next camping spot was Nyanga, where we stayed in chalets with amazing log fires next to the Rhodes dam. 20.8 Nyanga Eastern Highlands
Day 12 Our final overnight stop on the tour was in the ruins of a medieval city in Zimbabwe's southern hills, close to Masvingo. We first drove over the dam wall bridge at Lake Mutirikwi. We then proceeded to the Beit Bridge border post and went back home after spending a chilly night close to the ruins. 374 Masvingo

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The ruins of Great Zimbabwe.
Lake Kariba Zimbabwe Ferry | Photo credit: Roaming Fox
Mana Pools Zimbabwe bridge | Photo Credit: RoamingFox
Matobo National Park Cecil John Rhodes burial sight | Photo credit: RoamingFox
The ruins of Great Zimbabwe.
Lake Kariba Zimbabwe Ferry | Photo credit: Roaming Fox
Mana Pools Zimbabwe bridge | Photo Credit: RoamingFox
Matobo National Park Cecil John Rhodes burial sight | Photo credit: RoamingFox

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