Self-Drive Zimbabwe With Avis Rent a Car

  Driving Around Victoria Falls

Visit Victoria Falls, home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the mighty Victoria Falls. Step off the plane, and right into your Avis rented vehicle, for we are but a stone’s throw from the door of the airport terminal. Here in this small, world-renowned town, Avis offers much more than the“traditional car hire services. Our services include chauffeur drive, chauffeur- drive, point-to-point transfers and specialised equipment to make your holiday experience as enjoyable and memorable as possible.

Rent a car from Avis in Victoria Falls, and enjoy the convenience of getting around the town at your own leisure. Although most of this town’s activities are carried out in the African bush, and tour operators pick you up from your hotel in suitable trucks, a hired car will enable you to enjoy, at your convenience, a tour of the Mighty Falls, (a thunderous experience, with dozens of view points – each seemingly better than the last), the Zambezi Nature Sanctuary (or Crocodile Farm – where you get to see this misunderstood creature in different stages of life), and the Falls Craft Village which features a traditional village and the fascinating “African Spectacular” which is a live and vibrant traditional dance show. You may also experience, in your hired car, the pulsating nightlife which is abound in this little town – from nightclubs and casinos, to restaurants and pubs. Golf enthusiasts and shoppers can also enjoy the convenience of using a hired car.

Our office downtown Victoria Falls is located a few minutes walk from the town centre, and a kilometre from the Zimbabwean border with Zambia.

For those who would like to cross into Zambia to visit the Falls and get a Zambian perspective, or drive to Kasane from where tour operators using suitable safari vehicles will meet you and take you on different game activities in the Chobe National Park, Avis will arrange cross border rentals.

We can also arrange to deliver a vehicle for pick up at Kazungula border post to drive into Victoria Falls town. Vehicles can also be delivered to your hotel by professional staff.

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve is only 100 kilometres from Victoria Falls, an hour’s drive in your Avis car. The park hosts more than 100 mammal species, including 19 large herbivores and eight large carnivores. Your comfortable accommodation will be able to arrange game drives with experienced and knowledgeable guides. A visit to the Wild Dog Project, famous for its work on protection of the endangered species will complete your stay in Hwange.

  Driving around Zimbabwe with Avis

If you have a few days to tour Zimbabwe, a “World of Wonders”, and would like to know this country a little bit more intimately, then start off with a couple of nights in Harare - dubbed the “Sunshine City”. This cosmopolitan city has a host of touring activities which range from safaris to golfing and everything in between.

From Harare, drive to Nyanga,the Vumba and Mutare (272 kilometres from Harare). This part of Zimbabwe is affectionately known to most as a little England due to its pristine vegetation and cool temperatures.

Two days in “Little England” is quite sufficient for you to visit the botanical garden and carry out some activities such as trout fishing, golfing and horse-riding. As if a curtain-raiser for better views yet to come, Nyanga offers an introduction to the mighty waterfalls of the Victoria Falls with falls such as the Inyangani and the Bridal Falls. All of these are easily accessible in your rented vehicle.

Time to say goodbye to “Little England” and drive a mere 200 kilometers to Masvingo, home to the Great Zimbabwe. The Great Zimbabwe housed one of the most significant ancient civilisations in the world, with an interesting ancient structure formed out of granite stones, each placed on top of the other - with no cement. During the 11th Century, gold and ivory trading took place from this empire, inhabited by more than twenty thousand people ruled over by kings and priests. Drive from your accommodation in Masvingo to the entrance of this great monument, and meet your knowledgeable guide who will reveal some of the secrets of this great wonder. Other activities to enjoy include a cruise on the Lake Mutirikwi, Zimbabwe’s second largest man-made lake, game drives in the Kyle Recreational Park where you are almost guaranteed an encounter with the black rhino. For the birdwatching enthusiast, bird-life is prolific in this area.

The City of Kings, Bulawayo, beckons you after your exploration of the Great Zimbabwe. Twinned with the City of Aberdeen, Scotland, Bulawayo is the hub of the province of Matabeleland and is rich in cultural heritage, art, and traditional music. Places of interest that you will enjoy within Bulawayo itself include the National Art Gallery, comprising a curio shop and artists’ studios, The Museum of Natural History where the cultural and traditional history of the Bulawayo area has been carefully documented and illustrated, the Mzilikazi Art and Craft Centre, Amakhosi Cultural Centre a venue for traditional dance, drama, music and film shows. Outside of the city, ten kilometres away is the Tshabalala Sanctuary, home to a varied selection of animals including the giraffe, kudu, zebra, impala and many species of wild birds and waterfowl. Beyond that is the Matobo National Park. See well preserved bushman rock paintings and breath-taking granite landscapes unique to Zimbabwe, and visit the grave of Cecil John Rhodes located at a point named “The View of the World”.

Cheers Bulawayo and hello Hwange (337 kilometres from Bulawayo). Hwange National Park, covering over 14,500 square kilometres is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe, playing host to more than 100 mammal species, including 19 large herbivores and eight large carnivores.

From Hwange, the highlight of your visit to Zimbabwe - the Victoria Falls, some 100 kilometres away. Two to three nights is usually sufficient for this small town with big activities.

Avis has an office in Victoria Falls, and you may wish to drop off your vehicle at the airport. If you feel you have not yet had enough of the World of Wonders, you may wish to proceed as follows :

Drive to Mlibizi, then onto a ferry to Kariba. The trip will take day and a night. The 300 kilometre long Lake Kariba is the second largest man-made lake in the world. From your accommodation in world-class lodges, enjoy the multitude of activities this little town has to offer - from watching the famous Kariba sunset from your porch or while sipping a sundowner on a boat cruse, to water-based sport activities on the lake. Houseboating is one of the best ways to experience Lake Kariba with all its natural magnificence and delights. There is nothing better than to wake up on a houseboat to the sounds of a fish eagle cry and hippos snorting nearby, and in the evening to enjoy a sundowner while watching the sun go down and listening to the sounds of the evening as the animals settle down for the night. Fishing on Lake Kariba is an activity that is “out of this world”. The lake is abound with fish such as the Tiger Fish, Bream, Tilapia, Catfish, Barbel, Labeo and Jack. World-famous Tiger Fishing tournaments are held frequently in Kariba.

Mana Pools National Park in the Lower Zambezi is synonymous with the Zambezi River, elephants, lions, remoteness and wilderness. This unique park is a World Heritage Site,WORLD HERITAGE SITE, based on its wildness and beauty, together with the wide range of large mammals, over 350 bird species and aquatic wildlife. Mana Pools is one of Zimbabwe's most popular parks, and it is easy to see why it falls into this profile.