Zimbabwe Cultural Express
Great Zimbabwe Ruins - Zimbabwe
3 Days / 2 Nights
Reference: NS - ZCC003
Date of Issue: 14 March 2019
Starting from your preferred pick up point in Harare, we head out on the Beitbridge road to Masvingo. The drive is around 4 hours, depending on traffic and road conditions.
When you arrive at Great Zimbabwe Ruins, you will have lunch before you start the tour of the different enclosures. Be prepared and wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of hiking involved. The tour takes about 3 hours.
Once you have finished the tour you will be transferred to Norma Jean's, where you will check-in for the night. After that you may have sun-downers overlooking the lake.
Overnight: Norma Jeane's Lake View Resort
We are 30km from Masvingo, set in the granite hills and Msasa woodland overlooking Lake Kyle (Lake Mutirikwe), ten minutes away from Great Zimbabwe.
What we offer:
We cater for all. A first-rate Campsite and budget accommodation, also well-appointed hotel rooms for our more discerning Guests. Dining room (campers welcome) providing good, home-cooked meals. WiFi.
Our Campsite has 2 covered boma’s, for meal preparation with hot and cold running water and electricity guaranteed. Spotless ablutions with flush toilets, of course, and a choice of showers and a bath. Plenty of space - even with other campers around, the Campsite is so big and naturally partitioned by granite boulders, you'll hardly notice anybody else.
What to see and do
The megalithic stone ruins of Great Zimbabwe are a bit like Stonehenge or Carnac, in that nobody’s really sure exactly who built it and why. A must see.
For game viewing, the 17,000 hectare Kyle Recreational Park, not being widely known or visited, is well-worth a trip if you like seeing animals rather than tourists. White rhinoceros, buffalo, giraffe, hippopotami, and many more.
Following a lovely breakfast, you will head out to Gweru. At the Military Museum, you will learn about the more recent history of Zimbabwe, the wars she was a part of, as well as be able to view weapons and war machines from different time periods.
After lunch in Gweru, you will head to Chinhoyi Caves. There you will overnight at one of the available lodges, preferably the Treehouse Villa.
Situated in the heart of Zimbabwe, the quiet town of Gweru is the commercial hub of the Midlands Province. It is the fifth-largest city in the country and features an old stock exchange dating from 1898 as its main tourist attraction. Gweru serves as the gateway to the popular Antelope Park, boasting an array of wildlife and offering the unique experience of walking with lions. The town is situated in close proximity to many interesting historical sites, including the fascinating ruins of Great Zimbabwe. Visitors can also look forward to exploring the Nalatale and Danangombe archaeological sites, viewing the Boggie Clock Tower, a popular landmark in Gweru; and visit the Zimbabwe Military Museum.
Overnight: Chinhoyi Caves Motel
Chinhoyi Caves Motel provides a haven for the business, leisure, and transit guests. The Chinhoyi caves motel is designed to blend with the historical and intriguing nature of the Chinhoyi Caves. The beautifully landscaped terrace gives you a tranquil experience. Chinhoyi caves motel offers exclusive accommodation, exquisite conferencing, bars and restaurants, exciting cuisine, and excellent service. Whatever the occasion, Chinhoyi caves motel has the facilities to make your events memorable!
Early in the morning, you will visit Chinhoyi Caves. It is an extensive limestone cave system with a colorful history, fast becoming a popular tourist destination. Your guide will tell you about the history and mystery surrounding the place.
Explore the network of caves under the surface. The twisting tunnels and vast underground chambers are complimented by unfathomably deep, blue waters with enchanting names such as The Sleeping Pool and Wonder Hole. Chinhoyi Caves is located between Harare and Mana Pools, a perfect shortstop on your trip.
For scuba divers, the opportunity to dive the mysterious underwater passages is also a must.
Following check-out of your accommodation, you will head back towards Harare and Domboshawa, where you will experience another historical and cultural place.
The Cave Paintings of Domboshawa are a tip of the iceberg on what is around Zimbabwe. Viewing them is something you will not expect.
After that, we will drop you off at your desired location in Harare.
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