Around Zimbabwe: History & Culture Tour

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Around Zimbabwe: History & Culture Tour

Take the plunge into the History and Culture of Zimbabwe, a fascinating land of attractions, unique people-groups, and breathtaking wildlife.

After your arrival, you’ll get to know the area with a Harare City Tour and a Mbare Township Tour before settling into your accommodations at the luxurious N1 Hotel.

Your first full day of the Around Zimbabwe: History & Culture Tour is an exploration opportunity into the National Heroes Acre and National History Museum, an incredible War Memorial with large statues honoring Zimbabwean Soldiers who were lost in their fight for independence and a tour of the museum, during which you’ll learn the history of the country and its journey to independence!

Day 3 and 4 of the Around Zimbabwe: History & Culture Tour take you to majestic Nyanga and the Nyanga National Park to explore the city, the wonderfully unique culture, and beautiful natural scenes like the Mount Inyangani (high peak in Zimbabwe), the Mtazari Falls. Witness wildlife like zebra, wildebeest, leopard, and more in a sky-safari ride before the Masvingo & Lake Kyle Tour on Day 5.

Masvingo and the Masvingo Ruins Tour immerse you in the history and culture of the Shona people as you’ll stay in their ancient city for two nights before heading to Bulawayo for the Matapos Tour on Day 7 and the Natural History Museum on Day 8!

Day 9 and 10 of the Around Zimbabwe: History & Culture Tour are a breathtaking journey into the heart of Binga in Matabeleland, an insight into the BaTonga Culture complete with farming techniques and cooking classes before a trip to the Hot springs and fish farms!

Your next adventure will be the magical town of Hwange, a multi-cultural town that is home to a fun culture and some incredible wildlife!

A Day 12 Game Drive to see the Big 5 (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard), in their natural habitat is a breathtaking highlight of the Around Zimbabwe: History & Culture Tour and is followed by a short drive to see the mystical (and misty) Victoria Falls!

Your final days of the Around Zimbabwe: History & Culture Tour include a Guided Falls and Curio Market Tour, along with a local village tour of the local Nambiyan People before a delicious dinner at the famous Three Monkeys Restaurant!

Your last full day involves a tour of the Victoria Falls Bridge, free time to explore, and a farewell dinner at the award-winning Boma Dinner and Drumming Show!

No previous knowledge is required for you to enjoy this tour. Our Professional Tour Guides will teach you everything you need to know along the way!

You’ll enjoy time with fellow travelers, meet new people, and stay in high-quality accommodations as you dive into the culture and history of this amazing African country on the trip of a lifetime!

  • Day 1: Arrival Day - Harare City

     

    1305hrs – Arrival at the Airport

    Group will be met and welcomed at Robert Mugabe International Airport in Harare by our driver guide who will take you to N1 Hotel where you will be staying.

    1530hrs – Harare City Tour

    Harare is the largest and capital city of Zimbabwe. You will be taken on a one hour tour of Harare Central Business District and get the chance to see historical buildings such as the High Court, Parliament of Zimbabwe and get an aerial view of Harare from Kopje Hill.

    1630hrs – Mbare Township Tour

    Our driver and guide will take you through Mbare which is a high density suburb located about 5kilometres from Harare’s Central Business District .It is the oldest township in Harare where during the Rhodesian era, the white government used the township as a kind of holding district, a ghetto for working class men who provided the labor for the factories and other industries in the capital, Salisbury. You will get the opportunity to learn about colonial segregation, racial discriminations and how the natives also appropriated the spaces towards their fight for freedom and recognition.

    1900hrs – Dinner at the hotel

    MEALS: Dinner.

    ACCOMMODATION: Overnight at the N1 Hotel.

  • DAY 2: National Heroes Acre + Natural History Museum

    0800hrs – National Heroes Acre

    National Heroes Acre is a national monument located 7kilometres outside Harare, it burial ground for all Zimbabweans who have been declared a hero by the government of Zimbabwe. At the National Heroes Acre there is a giant statue of the Unknown Soldier (actually three soldiers) flanked by bronze friezes depicting stirring war victories. The actual monument itself is modeled after an AK-47. It was established in 1980 soon after independence with the purpose of honouring Zimbabweans who died within and outside the country whilst fighting for the country’s independence from the minority rule of Ian Smith and the Rhodesian Front. You will get the opportunity to learn about the country’s liberation history and the history of Zimbabwean nationalism dating back to the 1960’s.

    1000hrs – Natural History Museum tour

    The museum was initially opened in 1903 and was called the Queen Victoria Museum, it mostly focuses on archaeology and ethnography. The stellar attraction of the museum is the seven-hundred-year-old Lemba artifact called ‘ngoma lungundu’, which is believed to be a replica of the Biblical Ark of the Covenant. The artifact belongs to the Lemba people who are black Africans who claim Jewish ancestry. It is the oldest wooden object ever found in sub-Saharan Africa.

    The museum also explores:

    – the role of spirit mediums particularly in the liberation struggle.

    – human evolution with examples of tool making from the earliest times in the Stone Age with good assemblages of tools.

    – gold-mining showing how shafts and open and underground shafts were dug with the earliest radiocarbon dates in the 1200’s.

    You will gain a good understanding of the archeology of Zimbabwe right from Stone Age to Iron Age.

    1300hrs – Lunch at the Chicken Inn 

    1400hrs – Domboshava Rock Paintings Tour

    Domboshava rock paintings are a National Monument found in a village located about 35kilometres North East of Harare. The village is surrounded by granite hills and impressive rock formations formed by erosion at the top. There are caves on the hill which have rock paintings dating back 6000 years. The name is derived from dombo meaning “hill” and shava (pronounced shawa) meaning “red”, literally translated as ‘the red rock.’ Probably the red and yellow lichens are where Domboshava derived its name. You will get the chance to see San rock art and cave paintings as well as learn the history of the monument.

    1900hrs – Welcome dinner at the Parkview Restaurant

    MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

    ACCOMMODATION: Overnight at the Crowne Plaza Monomotapa Hotel.

  • DAY 3: Nyanga & Nyanga National Park

    0600hrs – Early breakfast

    0700hrs – Departure for Nyanga

    Nyanga is located 260kms from Harare, it is a small scenic town that is of interest due to its location alongside the stunning Nyanga National Park. It is the ultimate birding destination in Zimbabwe and an area characterized by several perennial rivers, impressive waterfalls, wildlife and rolling green hills that are a sure promise of an unforgettable adventure. You will spend 2days there and will be staying at the chalets at Rhodes Inyanga National Park.

    You will get the chance to tour Mount Inyangani (the highest mountain in Zimbabwe), the mountain has rich history, it is believed to be sacred and it is a dark tourism site as it has history of people disappearing in the mountain if you disrespect its sacredness by misbehaving whilst in the mountain. In addition, you will also experience Mtarazi Falls which is the highest waterfall in Zimbabwe and the second highest in Africa, the waterfall is located in Nyanga National Park.

    You will also get the opportunity to participate in exciting adrenaline rush activities such as ‘skywalk’ and ‘skyline’. The skywalk consists of a 90metre and 40metre suspension bridge over the Mtarazi Falls which enables you to see panoramic views of the magnificent waterfall. The SkyLine is a 400 metre long Zipline across the face of the Mutarazi Falls.

    1300hrs – Lunch at the Troutbeck Resort.

    MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch.

    ACCOMMODATION: Overnight at the Chalets at Rhodes Inyanga National Park.

  • DAY 4: Nyanga & Nyanga National Park

    During your stay in Nyanga you will get the chance to know about the geography and climate of the area, the mystery surrounding Mount Nyangani, get the opportunity to see World’s View which is an overall aerial view of the whole terrain.

    Nyanga National Park covers 47000 hectares and has a marvellous variety of flora and fauna hence it possesses the most scenic views in Zimbabwe. The rugged landscape supports wildlife such as zebra, wildebeest, eland, impala, kudu, waterbuck and even leopard and hyena. The eastern highlands is home of the blue duiker and Samango monkeys.

    1300hrs – Lunch at the Montclaire.

    MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

    ACCOMMODATION: Overnight at the Chalets at Rhodes Inyanga National Park.

  • DAY 5: Masvingo + Lake Kyle Tour

    0600hrs – Early breakfast

    0700hrs – Departure for Masvingo – Great Zimbabwe

    A 4hour drive awaits the group as they go to Masvingo, the historical and cultural capital of the Shona people.

    The Great Zimbabwe

    The group will stay at Lodge at Ancient City and spend two eventful days in Masvingo learning and exploring the rich and diverse Shona culture and tradition.

    MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

    ACCOMMODATION: Overnight at the Lodge at Ancient City.

  • DAY 6: Masvingo Ruins + Village Tour

    Around the 10th century trade developed between the Mashona (Shona) and the Phoenicians. Through the period from the 11th century to the 15th century, descendants of the Shona speaking people are believed to have built the ruins of Great Zimbabwe. At its peak, estimates are that the ruins of Great Zimbabwe had as many as 20 000 inhabitants. The ruins span 1,800 acres (7 km2) and cover a radius of 100 to 200 miles (160 to 320 km). The Great Zimbabwe ruins are built entirely of Stone. It was here that the iconic Zimbabwe Birds were found.
    These ruins of Ancient Zimbabwe are some of the oldest and largest structures located in Southern Africa, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and are a truly remarkable sight to see.

    MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch.

    ACCOMMODATION: Overnight at the Lodge at Ancient City.

  • DAY 7: Bulawayo & Matapos Tour

    0600hrs – Early breakfast

    0700hrs – Departure to Bulawayo

    The drive to Bulawayo will last approximately 5hours and the group will spend 2 days in this city. Bulawayo is the second largest city in Zimbabwe and is the capital of the Ndebele people, it is popularly known as the ‘City of Kings’. They will stay at Stay Afrique Hotel.

    1400hrs – Matopos tour

    The group will visit Matopos, 30kms from Bulawayo. Matopos is a stunning location that holds rich deposits of national history. Matopos Hills form a focus and merging of cultures, a place rich in shared heritage which has earned the place the status of a World Heritage Site. Some sites in Matopos mark critical stages in human history and evolution, reaching back 100,000 years.

    The group will have an opportunity to see the World’s View and where Cecil John Rhodes, the Former Prime Minister of the Cape Colony, was laid to rest. The hills are still a focus for local community shrines and sacred places.

    MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

    ACCOMMODATION: Overnight at the Stay Afrique Hotel.

  • DAY 8: Bulawayo + Natural History Museum

    On the second day the group will explore:

    Natural History Museum

    Mzilikazi Arts and Crafts Centre

    Khami Ruins

    Have tea at Nesbitt Castle

    Have a swim at Diana’s Pool

    MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch.

    ACCOMMODATION: Overnight at the Stay Afrique Hotel.

  • DAY 9: Binga in Matabeleland

    0600hrs – Early breakfast

    0700hrs – Transfer to Binga

    The visit to Binga will give the group an insight into BaTonga culture. This will take approximately 5 hours. For generations, the Tonga people of Binga District in Matabeleland North have used their history and culture, passed down from generation to generation to treat and view a wide variety of ailments. They have a high respect for their traditions and rich culture and this stems from their being a unique ethnic grouping in Zimbabwe.

    The two day stay will consist of:
    • Exchanging cultural practices
    • Females will be shown how to pound maize while males will herd cows and chop fire wood.
    • Practical lessons on how to cook Sadza will be delivered over the fire for every group member.

    MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Village Dinner.

    ACCOMMODATION: Overnight at a Guesthouse in the village.

  • DAY 10: Binga Town & Hotsprings Tour

    During your visit in Binga you will visit Kariyangwe High school and meet students and staff members. This will give you an opportunity to share experiences, exchange ideas and get an insight into the education system in Zimbabwe and the day to day life of a Zimbabwean student. The group will visit Binga Town and get to experience hot springs and visit fish farms. Binga is well known for fish farming and supplies fish to most parts of the country. Community members have formed associations to harvest and sell their catch.
    After the visit of Binga Town the group will embark on a 2 hour drive to Hwange.

    MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch.

    ACCOMMODATION: Overnight at the Guesthouse in the village.

  • DAY 11: Hwange

    0600hrs – Early breakfast

    0700hrs – Transfer to Hwange

    The drive to Hwange National Park will last approximately 2 hours. The group will spend two days learning more about how Hwange developed into a town.

    Hwange is a multi-cultural town which has drawn people from many parts of the country and the region at large as a result of coal mining and has one of the largest coal fields in the world.

    MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch.

    ACCOMMODATION: Overnight at the Guesthouse Bed & Breakfast.

  • DAY 12: Hwange Town Tour & Game Drive

    You will be able to view documentaries about this multicultural town and take field visits to the Nambiyan Cultural Museum.

    To end your two-day trip in Hwange, you will take part in a game drive in Zimbabwe’s largest game park – Hwange National Park where you will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the Big 5; lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard, in their natural habitat.

    1700hrs – One hour drive to Victoria Falls

    1900hrs – Dinner at In Da Belly

    MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

    ACCOMMODATION: Overnight at Cresta Sprayview Hotel.

  • DAY 13: Victoria Falls Rainforest

    0800hrs – Guided Falls and Curio Market Tour

    Your guide will pick you up for the tour of the mighty Victoria Falls Rainforest. Be advised to bring protective clothing for your cameras and phone. Afterwards, you will be taken on a tour of the local curio market whereby locals sell souvenirs, curios and different artifacts. The tour will last approximately 4 hours.

    1300hrs – Lunch

    1400hrs – Village Tour

    This tour will give you an opportunity to meet and interact with the local Nambiyan people.
    You will learn their origin history and about their way of life. You are welcome to ask as many questions as you want and also to participate in any activity that they will ask you to participate in.

    1900hrs – Dinner at The Three Monkeys Restaurant

    MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

    ACCOMMODATION: Overnight at Cresta Sprayview Hotel.

  • DAY 14: Tour of the Bridge & Farewell Dinner

    0800hrs – Breakfast

    0900hrs – Tour of the Bridge

    The group will go on a tour of the bridge and learn all about its history dating back to 1904.

    1200hrs – Free time to explore excursions in Victoria Falls

    1900hrs – Farewell Dinner

    Dinner at the award winning Boma Dinner and Drumming Show. This is a restaurant which specializes in delicious traditional Zimbabwean cuisine. You will have an opportunity to try out the mopane worm and get awarded a certificate for eating it. Here, you will also taste a wide variety of game meat and a whole impala or lamb on the spit.

    The dinner is wrapped up by a massive drumming show which turns the restaurant into one big dance party.

    MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner.

    ACCOMMODATION: Overnight at Cresta Sprayview Hotel.

  • DAY 15: Departure Day

    0700hrs – Breakfast at the hotel

    0900hrs – Check out from the hotel

    1000hrs – Transfer to Victoria Falls International Airport for departure

Like all of our exciting Educational Tour options, this tour offers participants a carefully crafted balance of learning elements (lessons, lectures, seminars, field study, etc), planned activities and excursions (cultural activities, mini-tours, sightseeing, etc) and free time for you to explore in your own way or to simply relax. This is what makes Worldaway Learning Tours so unique!

Here’s what you can expect on this tour*:

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*Breakdown provided for informational purposes only. Individual experiences may differ. 

Our ‘Start Dates’ represent the day that you should arrive into the country. This is officially the first day of the tour and is the day that the local guide has set aside to meet and collect the tour participants. To allow this to be a smooth process, we ask that you do your best to arrive in the morning of the official start day. If you’re having troubles finding a suitable flight, or if you are worried about your flight arrival time, let us know so that we can assist.

No. Flights are not included in the listed tour price. We have participants joining our tours from all around the world, and as such we believe that individuals can find the best deals on their own. Need some help finding flights? We can guide you to some great resources, so just ask.

*We strongly recommend that you only purchase flights once your tour has been confirmed.

Yes. It is important that you are covered in the event of something terrible (or just terribly annoying) happening. Whether it’s a last-minute flight change, losing your luggage, or falling ill while abroad, if you have proper travel insurance cover, you can sit back and enjoy the experience worry-free.

We believe that World Nomads is the best insurance provider for adventure travelers. Policies through World Nomads cover trip cancellation, medical emergencies, emergency evacuation, as well as lost, stolen or damaged personal belongings. Their policies are extremely competitive so get your free no obligation quote here!

It is each traveler’s responsibility to ensure they have the correct tourist entry visa/s and any necessary vaccinations. Both of these items depend on your own background – i.e. What passport are you travelling on? What vaccinations you have had previously? We can certainly help guide you through the process and have lots of great advice to give, so again, just ask.

Yes! While we welcome groups, families, couples and friends, our Learning Tours are also designed with individual travelers in mind. You’ll be part of a larger group which is made up of other intrepid travelers from all over the world. This is a great way to meet like-minded people and we’re sure you will make a few long-lasting friendships.

On most tours the minimum number of participants is 2 and maximum is 12. Group sizes vary at different times of the year, but generally speaking we will do our best to ensure there is at least 4 participants on each tour where possible.

In most cases, yes! There are some instances where tour participants will travel by foot, like walking a short distance between your accommodation and a learning or activity center for example, but for everything else, the transport is all arranged for you!

As mentioned above, flights, visas, insurance and vaccinations are not included – so these costs are additional to the listed tour price. In addition, you should consider the following:

  • Airport taxes and entry/departure fees (if not included in your flight ticket)
  • Additional food, drinks and snacks
  • Money for optional activities /excursions (where available)
  • Personal spending money (think souvenirs!)

The amount of additional money you may need is impossible for us to judge, and really does depend on your own spending habits, but if you have any questions about this, or want some help working out your budget, just let us know.

In most cases, no. Breakfast is often included at your accommodation, but lunches and dinners will be subject to the tour itinerary. As such, some are included, some are not, but this does of course provide a wonderful opportunity to try out the local cuisine for yourself.

Yes. It has become fairly common for tour participants to request special dietary provisions, so in most cases this can easily be catered for. If you have concerns about this though, let us know and we can discuss it with complete confidentiality.

Yes, absolutely! Free time is an important part of every tour. There is nothing more frustrating than having to follow a strict and unforgiving itinerary. Where possible, you will have free time to explore, partake in some of the local attractions and activities, or simply relax – it’s up to you!

Great! Simply follow the prompts on the ‘Book Now’ tab to secure your spot on this truly unique adventure. As soon as we receive your booking, we’ll get to work making sure everything is organized for you. It’s that easy!

Once you have completed the booking form you can secure your spot by paying a deposit of US$500. This is part of the total tour price and will be deducted from your final invoice. The balance needs to be paid 6 weeks prior to your tour start date. Don’t worry – we will send you a reminder when that time comes and an invoice which you can simply click and pay.

*If you wish to join a tour that is starting in less than 30 days, you will be prompted to pay the entire tour fee at the time of booking.

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Around Zimbabwe – History & Culture Tour (15 Days)

Inc. 6 Zimbabwean Town Tours!
US$ 2785
  • Hotel, Lodge & Guesthouse Accommodation w/Daily Breakfast
  • Double or Twin Share w/Bathroom (Single Room Supplement: +US$500)
  • Welcome Dinner at the Parkview Restaurant!
  • Domboshava Rock Paintings Tour + Khami Ruins Tour!
  • Nesbitt Castle & Mzilikazi Arts & Crafts Centre!
  • Guided Tour of Victoria Falls Rainforest!
  • Graduation Dinner at the Boma Dinner & Drumming Show!
  • 2 x Airport Transfers
  • Accommodation, Meals, Highly Skilled Guides, Transport & Excursions
  • Certificate of Completion

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