I'm planning a trip to Zim. Leaving from Durban, SA.
Would like to cross through the Botswana border then through to Zim border.
1) What is the best route to take to get to Botswana? Should we spend a night on the SA side. What time are the borders operational?
2) What is the best place to cross the border through?
Then we're driving to Matapos National Park. Thinking about sleeping over in Bulawayo and then doing a day trip to Matapos the next day. Is there a better way to do this? Is there anywhere to stay in the park?
Then driving through to Hwange. Would like to spend 2 nights in the park. Any suggestions? What are the better camps? Are they safe and clean?
Then driving up to Vic Falls. Going to stay at the Elephant Hills Hotel. Will spend 2 nights there.
Then going on the Kariba Ferry to Kariba. Looking for 3 nights accommodation in Kariba. Was hoping to stay on a house boat but nobody seems to let them to couples? Not for a reasonable price anyway. Thought of staying at the Caribia Bay Hotel otherwise.
Then driving home, through Harare and past the Great Zimbabwean Ruins. How long is the driver from Kariba to Harare? Would we make it all the way to the ruins in one day? Is there accommodation near there anyone can reccomend?
Then homeward bound. Whats the best spot to exit Zimbabwe without spending hours and hours at a border post?
Any comments, suggestions, advise would be highly appreciated!!