Meaning "the elephant's place" Situated south of Chimanimani near the border with Mozambique, in the southeast of the nation in a section of Masvingo Province, lies Gonarezhou, Zimbabwe's second-largest National Park. Gonarezhou provides a distinctive experience in nature. Gonarezhou, home to an estimated 7000 elephants, is the crown gem of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park that connects Gonarezhou to Mozambique's Limpopo National Park and South Africa's Kruger National Park.
Stretching over 5 053 square kilometres, from the Save River in the north to the Mwenezi River to the south, the park is home to some of the most spectacular landscapes in southern Africa – including the iconic Chilojo Cliffs.
Our adventure starts at Beitbridge Border Post, from where we will be making our way towards Gonarezhou. We will spend the next three nights in the park. Our camps are far from the beaten track and allow for the privilege of enjoying the wild space of Gonarezhou in all its raw and untouched glory. Whether it’s the deep and heavy roar of the lion, the unmistakable melody of the fiery – necked nightjar or the quiet crackle of the campfire – camping here is all about true appreciation for nature, wild spaces and this living landscape.
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The next morning, we will start making our way towards the Eastern Highlands, which are rugged mountains that form a natural border with Mozambique which will inspire you. This is a natural holiday destination, which will offer you the much sought after peace of mind, in a quiet and peaceful environment. Comprising of Vumba, Nyanga and Chimanimani mountain ranges, the Eastern Highlands are one of the top holiday destinations in Zimbabwe. The early morning crisp air is bound to rejuvenate you. You will also have the time to experience the Bridal Veil Falls or take a guided bird walk on-route to the Vumba Botanical Gardens.
Our destination for the next two days is one of the most scenic areas of Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands. Rolling green hills and perennial rivers transverse the Park. With its stunning mountainous views, numerous waterfalls, varied activities and unique flora and fauna, Nyanga National Park can provide the visitor with an unforgettable holiday experience.
The mountainous terrain is home to a variety of animals including the mysterious waterbuck, wildebeest, kudu, zebra, impala, sables, eland to mention but a few. The sparkling fresh water rivers are an envelope of fresh water fish such as the Nyanga trout which is a delicacy to many visitors.
Things to do in the park include swimming in the Falls and rivers, mountain climbing, horse riding, fly fishing, golf and hiking.
The last two days will be spent at the largest stone structure in Africa outside Egypt, Great Zimbabwe National Monument, which is approximately 30km from Masvingo and located in the Lowveld. The property, built between 1100 and 1450 AD, extends over almost 800ha and is divided into three groups: the Hill Ruins, the Great Enclosure and the Valley Ruins. Today, Great Zimbabwe is a cultural World Heritage Site and its massive curving walls, constructed from millions of granite blocks fitted together without mortar, remain the most fascinating man-made structure in Southern Africa.
Self -Game Drives
Bird Watching / Drives
Catching Sunrises / Chasing Sunsets
Fishing / Fly Fishing
Tour Price Includes
Park & Conservation Fees
Guided Walk (Zimbabwe Ruins)
Morning Coffee with rusks
2 Bags of wood per night
Two-way radios for in-vehicle-communication
Experienced Guide & Advanced 4x4 Driving Instructor
Tour Price Excludes
4x4 Vehicle Hire
Frequently asked questions
Where does the tour start and end?
START – Beitbridge Border Post
END – Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Total Kilometers of tour:
+- 1734 km.
2x4 & 4x4 with good ground clearance.
Equipped with standard tires.
Fuel range of approx. 650km.
Advisable to carry extra fuel, especially if you choose too self-drive.
Features accessible recovery points, securely attached to the chassis.
Trailers / Caravans:
Camping Trailers & Offroad Caravans.
Own camping equipment is required.
Fridge/Freezer and cooking/braai accessories.
Some campsites may lack comprehensive ablution facilities, so it is essential to be self-sufficient in these situations.
A valid passport with at least 6 months remaining validity before expiry.
A valid driver’s license.
Children need a valid passport and an unabridged birth certificate as well as a letter of consent if not accompanied by both parents.
Guests from non-SADC countries may need a visa if required.
Original Vehicle registration certificate (a certified copy is acceptable). Drivers whose vehicles are still financed will have to use a certified copy of the registration certificate.
If you are not the registered owner of the vehicle, you must have a letter from the financial institution, company, or friend authorizing you to take the vehicle across the border.
Proof of vehicle insurance.