DAY TRIPS FROM HARARE

Chinhoyi Caves + Mutorashanga Green Pool

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The blue water of the Chinhoyi Caves is mesmerising and the grottos and pool are a spectacle​ – an obvious must see to anyone travelling to Zimbabwe! The aura of mystery the caves emits makes you want to return to the caves again and again.

The tour juxtaposes this blue water with the green pool of Mutorashanga. The green hued pool is sure one for those with a penchant for adventure and perfect for cliff diving, swim, and of course picnicking or indulging in a Zimbabwean favourite flame grilled meat on a braai (barbeque), while enjoying melodies from the birds, or just music from your car!

There is an option to scuba dive at both locations, at an extra cost!

TOUR DETAILS

  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • # of attractions: 2
  • Travel distance: 286 kilometres
  • Base cost of tour: $203.32
  • Per person cost: $13

LAKE CHIVERO + KUIMBA SHIRI BIRD PARK

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A family-friendly recreational park, and home to several establishments including sailing clubs, Game Park, bird garden, and bars. Kuimba Shiri means ‘singing birds’, and is the only bird park in Zimbabwe – providing a home to injured, abandoned and orphaned birds. Some of the indigenous birds you can expect to see include the Marshall, Black, Crowned and Fish Eagle.

The recently launched steam train from Harare to the bird park has vastly improved the experience, and the two bars at Kuimba Shiri are perfect for picturesque sunset sundowners. While, game lovers may embark on water safaris along the Lake on boats. There are chalets and five barrack rooms for those who will not have had enough in just a day trip.

TOUR DETAILS

  • Duration: 4 hours

  • # of attractions: 2

  • Travel distance: 30.5 kilometres

  • Base cost of tour: $119.83

  • Per person cost: $13

Bally Vaughan Bird & Game Sanctuary + Ewanrigg Botanical Gardens

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The trip starts off at Ewanrigg Botanical Gardens, world famous for its large collection of aloes and cycads. We will explore the nursery, and acquaint ourselves with the flora that makes for a full range of indoor and outdoor garden plants. After a refreshing drink, we head out to the animal sanctuary.

A family-run safe haven for many wildlife species, Bally Vaughan is a good escape from the hustle and bustle of City life. Lions, hyenas, monkeys and elephants are seen up-close. ​This is not just another safari, your visit contributes to the rehabilitation of these orphaned, abandoned and injured wild animals. Some of the rescued animals include lion, leopard, serval and civet cats, hyena and crocodiles.

The sanctuary is used for conservation education for school children and visitors. It’s also a good opportunity to taste some Zimbabwean teas and coffees, or gliding on a canoe along the Mubvinzi River. The afternoon is perfect for big game viewing, encountering the elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, eland, sable, kudu, wildebeest, blesbok, and other smaller antelopes. Visitors are welcome to spend the night or two at Mwanga Lodge, and extend the day trip into an overnighter.

TOUR DETAILS

  • Duration: 9 hours

  • # of attractions: 3

  • Travel distance: 123 kilometres

  • Base cost of tour: $233.53

  • Per person cost: $110.50

Domboshava Cave and Rock Art + Ngoma Kurira Hill

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Domboshava, meaning ‘a red rock or stone’ is an historical and cultural significant area in Zimbabwe. Among the hills and mountains, there are two places that are a must see when visiting Zimbabwe. Ngoma Kurira Hill is a hiker’s paradise, which means the ‘beating drum’, in the Zimbabwean Shona language. It is a protected site, hiding glorious views of places afar, rock paintings as well as a cave.

The Domboshava Rock & Cave Paintings are the best destination for experiencing magnificent examples of San Art rock paintings and caves. There is a local beer garden that will sure quench your thirst after the walk.

TOUR DETAILS

  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes

  • # of attractions: 3

  • Travel distance:

  • Base cost of tour: $153.22

  • Per person cost: $26

Mutoko Ruins & Caves

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Mutoko; a small town established as an administrative station in 1911, and home to the Buja people who settled in this area from Mhingari, now Mozambique. It is from this area that the country is fed, with tomatoes, mangoes, cotton, maize and beans being some of the most grown crops. There are several attractions in Mutoko, leading with the Mutemwa Leprosy Centre established in 1937, and the centre where 25,000 people attend a church service in honour of John Bradburne, a Catholic martyr.

Mutoko ruins are the remains of ancient civilisation (14th Century), referred to by locals as Tere raMakate, meaning Makate’s old village – an ancient chief who ruled the area until he was subdued by Nehoreka, who came from the north: now Mozambique. There are several caves in and around the Mutoko area, including, Madzimudzangara Cave, Ruchera Cave, Manemba Cave, and Gambarimwe Cave. Although some of the caves are remote, we make a reasonable effort to see as many as our schedule allows.

The Last Destination is a living village museum, with a collection of traditional weapons, art, and is a cultural preservation centre. Sekuru (an endearing term for an elderly man) Chiunye runs this museum together with his wife, and it gives visitors a chance to live and experience Zimbabwean culture and history. Nyadire River Fishing Safaris are on hand to take you on boat rides, and fishing camps.

TOUR DETAILS

  • Duration:  8hours
  • # of attractions: 5
  • Travel distance:
  • Base cost of tour: $283.21
  • Per person cost: $45.50

Great Zimbabwe + Lake Mutirikwi

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Built in the 11th Century, this large collection of stone ruins and UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a glimpse into ancient civilisation, history and culture. So grand is this imposing dry-stone monument that the theories pre-1930s favoured a foreign origin of the builders.

It remains a great archaeological, anthropological, traditional, historical and cultural site, with a large number of attractive and inspiring views. Visitors can stay fit while on holiday with walks up the Hill Complex, The Great Enclosure surrounding the Conical Tower, and the Valley Complex as well as the Museum, which displays artefacts excavated by archaeologists.

TOUR DETAILS

  • Duration: 8hours
  • # of attractions: 2
  • Travel distance: 644 Kilometres
  • Base cost of tour: $453.44
  • Per person cost: 84.50

Thetford Game Reserve

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Situated in the Mazowe Valley, nestled between Nande and Dikitira Hills, Thetford Game Reserve is only 30 kilometres from Harare – and the best escape from the hustle and bustle of City life. Thetford has stayed true to its mission of creating a safe environment for animal breeding and feeding programmes.  Noteworthy, is the endangered White Rhino. Some of the other game you can expect to encounter during the game drive include the indigenous Roan Antelope, Buffalo, Giraffe, Tsessebe, and of course the majestic Sable.

There are over 200 bird species in the park, opportunities to hike the two mountains to reveal the Mazowe Dam below, which sneaks up on you as you summit. Thetford offers relaxation, so visitors are able to cycle around the property, enjoy a sundowner, picnic or horse riding.

TOUR DETAILS

  • minimum of six (6) people
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • # of attractions: 3
  • Travel distance: 58 kilometres
  • Base cost of tour: $236.07
  • Per person cost: $110.50

Nyati Eco Game Park

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Wildlife belongs in the wild, I think we can all agree with that! So, it is important that we protect and preserve the habitats unspoilt, just as nature set it out. Such is what you find at Nyati Eco Game Park cum Sanctuary – where rivers run down their natural channels, and both flora and fauna are allowed to flourish without interference by humans. Ancient artefacts from previous generations of inhabitants in the area remain today, which adds to the appeal of this conservancy.

It would be unfair to call the tour a safari, as you see more than the animals, your experience is one that embodies the culture, the history as well as the future of both wildlife conservation and environmental management. The tour is for adventurers – embarking on bush walks, big game enthusiasts, rock climbers, birders, boating and fishing champions – as well as those who prefer the open safari truck.

TOUR DETAILS

  • Duration:  4-8 hours
  • # of attractions: 1
  • Travel distance: 285 kilometres
  • Base cost of tour: $184.59
  • Per person cost: $19.50

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