Fly to Harare, Zimbabwe
Well known as an oasis of jacaranda trees that shroud the streets in purple over September and the bustling Mbare street market that is filled with anything and everything one could think of buying. Harare is alive by day while at night the Red Bar offers the best night out on the town.
The capital of Zimbabwe is situated in the heart of the historic Mashonaland. Harare is one of the most attractive capitals in Southern Africa and stands tall with spectacular views from sites like The Kopje a granite hill overlooks the city and gives you an excellent vantage point over Harare.
Culturists and botanists can indulge themselves in the city’s museums and flowering gardens – the Queen Victoria Museum and the 68 hectare National Botanic Garden.
Harare is a destination of adventure and unique experiences-making it every bit worth the visit.
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Why visit Harare?
- Beauty can be seen in many forms of this African city from the tranquil Lake Chivero to the colourful mix of African art at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe!
- Spend some time learning about this majestic place at the Civic Centre which boasts important cultural buildings like the Queen Victoria Museum and the Memorial Library!
- Have a day filled with adventure at Thetford Game Reserve and relish in the experience of a lifetime being up close and personal with endangered wildlife species!
The a great time to visit Harare would be during April to August. Over this period there is very little rain and the weather is great outdoor activities and sight-seeing. Harare generally enjoys pleasant weather due to its elevation.
However the he most beautiful time to visit this place would be during September as this is when the city is transformed by thousands of vivid purple flowers that bloom each year from the jacaranda trees.
- Harare's layout was designed by American-born Thomas. A. Ross.
- This capital city was previously known as Salisburry.
- Harare is Zimbabwe's largest city.
Harare is a vibrant place, filled with so many different attractions and excellent boutique shopping areas. Zimbabweans are famous for their craftsmanship in everything ranging from jewellery to sculptures and even ceramics there are a number of shops and markets scattered across the city.
The suburbs of Harare are even more colourful than it’s down town areas. Borrowdale is one of the most affluent places in Harare, it is the same place where President Robert Mugabe lives and in the heart of this area is the Sam Levy Shopping Village that has many excellent restaurants with a lively après dark scene.
For those adrenaline junkies the Charles Prince Airport Skydiving is the best place to visit if you would like to experience views from 14,000 feet,it is an adrenaline rush like no other. A beautiful place to add onto your sightseeing list includes the Newlands Art & Craft Market which has been described as a hand-craft paradise.
There are plenty of sights that should be seen which consist of:
- National Heroes Acre
- Chapungu Sculpture Park
- Bally Vaughan Animal Sanctuary
- The Town House
- National Archives
- Reps Theatre
- Ewanrigg Botanical Gardens
- Chiremba balancing rocks
This city has a very diverse and appealing restaurant and bar scene, which is worth the visit. A great traditional Zimbabwean meal at Garwe is a must with everything from the national dish called sadza, to peanut butter kale and goat stew you are guaranteed to not only have a good time but to enjoy every meal served.
Popular foods in this city include pumpkin leaves, springbok, kudu, crocodile tail and the shoulder of the impala. And there is no better way to wash it down than with a beer that is said to be one of the most popular alcoholic drinks that is consumed in Zimbabwe.
The best beer to try out when visiting includes Zambezi which is also the national beer of Zimbabwe.
Foodies should pay attention to restaurants like:
- Butchers kitchen
- Chang Thai
- Shop Cafe
- 40 Cord Road
- Millers Kitchen
It has been estimated that most of the population in Zimbabwe belongs to a mainstream Western Christian denominations including Roman Catholicism, Anglicanism and Methodism. The culture that is found in this city is rich in customs and traditions.
There is a portion of the population that forms part of the Mwari cult. The Mwari cult is the most practised non-Christian religion in Zimbabwe that involves ancestral worship sessions and spiritual intercession.
Sport plays a big role in the Zimbabwean culture, where football is the most popular sport. This is not a very conservative capital but it is a very religious place, so visitors need to respect religious monuments and practices that take place in the capital.
When compared to most African capital cities, Harare is a very safe place to visit. Most of the time you are likely to encounter monkeys that will steal your things or destroy them.
It is advised to remain vigilant at all times, and not to go sight-seeing while carrying a lot of valuables as a precaution. Malaria is not present in Harare, but it is in many other areas of the country, so it is advised to drink bottled water as much as possible instead of tap water.
Visa Upon Arrival traveling on tourism, for a max. stay of 3 months. Fees vary between USD $30.00 and USD $100.00. Only Available at Harare (HRE) and Victoria Falls (VFA) International Airports. Visitors must hold a return/onward ticket or they will be refused entry.
Address: 7, Aberdeen Road
P.O. Box A 433 Avondale
Phone:(+263) 4 303 445 | (+263) 4 303 497
Fax:(+263) 4 303 115
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||EGP 40||EGP 30||EGP 88.75|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||EGP 11||EGP 10||EGP 10.12|
|Coke/Pepsi||EGP 4||EGP 4||EGP 5.59|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||EGP 2||EGP 5||EGP 8.88|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)||EGP 24||EGP 25||EGP 17.75|
Harare International Airport (Code: HRE) is the largest airport in Zimbabwe and it has one of the longest runways on the African continent.
Lost luggage: If you lost any item of luggage contact your handling airline or head to the information desk at the airport for more assistance.
Airport hotel: The hotels that are located near the airport include Cresta Lodge Harare, and Meikles Hotel.
Car hire: The main car hire dealerships that are located at the airport include Budget, Avis, and Hertz.
Airport hub:Harare International serves as a hub for national carrier Air Zimbabwe and its easily accessible just 12km south of the city centre.
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