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Overview

Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe is an open city that boasts of modern buildings, numerous parks and wide thoroughfares that has made it a popular tourist attraction in Zimbabwe. This capital city surprises the tourists with something new and also makes sure they have a great time in Harare. Harare is well known for its cultural and historical heritage and other beautiful attractions that have left the visitors spell bound. The city is Zimbabwe’s leading financial, commercial and communication centre for cotton, maize, tobacco and citrus fruits. Harare is a bustling city that surprises many visitors with its alluring tourist gem, beautiful resort areas and other famous attractions that will take your breath away. The city is a haven for wondrous wildlife and is encompassed by sprawling African plains and scenic vistas. It is home to abundance of wildlife that includes giraffes, lions, wildebeests and many more where you will get to know more about the place and the endangered species in their natural habitat. Travelers can easily lose themselves for days in museums and majestic gardens of the city or even take a detour of the entire region.

Places To visit In Harare

Wild Is Life Grand Zimbabwe

Wild Is Life Grand Zimbabwe is a famous wildlife sanctuary for local animal species and is situated near Harare international airport. This sanctuary offers an excellent opportunity to get up close and personal with the nature and animals. Visitors can witness rescued animals who reside in their natural habitat. You can spot baby elephants, giraffes, lions, cheetahs and many more while on your tour to this famous sanctuary in Harare.

Thetford Game Reserve

Situated 30 km outside of Harare, Thetford Game Reserve is a famous tourist spot where you can spend your day admiring the beauty of nature and animals. Sprawling over 3,300 hectares, this game reserve is a paradise that boasts of abundance of wildlife and more than 150 bird species. The reserve was found with the main objective of providing a safe haven for animals to breed. Boasting of animals like buffalo, giraffes, impalas, zebras and rhinos, the game reserve is an ideal place where you can spend your day without any hassle. You can choose to for a guided safari tour where you will get a chance to get close with the animals.

National Botanic Gardens

Nestled 4 km north of Harare city, National Botanical garden is a must visit place while on your tour to the city. The garden boasts of wide ranges of tree and plant varieties that make the place even more interesting. The lawns in the garden are an excellent spot for picnics and you can even walk and enjoy under the cool shade trees as well.

National Heroes’ Acre

The National Heroes’ Acre was set after Zimbabwe’s war of liberation to commemorate and honor the war fighters who dies for the country. People from all over the world come and visit the place while on their tour to Harare. You can explore the museum and get to see the ornaments from a closer point of view. Spend your day at this historical sight and get an insight about the war fighters fought for the liberation of the country.

Lion & Cheetah Park & Snake World

If you are an animal lover, Lion & Cheetah Park & Snake World is an ideal place to spend some time with the giant creatures of the city. Located only 30 minutes outside of Harare, this place allows you to explore the region and go on game drive tours where you will get an opportunity to get up close and personal with the animals. Spot lion, cheetah and variety of snake species on your trip and make your tour worthwhile.

Chapungu Sculpture Park

Situated in Msasa Park, Chapungu Sculpture Park was created in 1970 to exhibit local stone sculpture and art. This sculpture park has become popular from several years and has flourished since then in the entire Zimbabwe region. Chapungu Sculpture Park works with some of the prominent stone sculptures who showcase their talent to the visitors.

Best Time To Visit Harare

The best time to visit Harare is during spring season that is from the month of September to December. The city of Harare enjoys a cool weather throughout the year but it is best for the travelers to visit this beautiful city during spring as it allows them to explore the entire place with ease and pleasure. 

Things To Do In Harare

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Enjoy game drive at Thetford Game Reserve

Thetford game reserve is an ideal place where you can get close with the animals on a game drive tour. The reserve boasts of variety of animals and bird species in their natural habitat. You can explore the region on foot or take a safari tour on a vehicle and get to know more about the animals and the region. You can spot giraffes, zebras, rhinos, impalas and much more while on your game drive tour.

Indulge in water activities

Although Harare doesn’t have a beach but there are still plethora of activities to indulge in that will keep you busy all day long. If you are an adventure freak and water baby, you can go to Arcacia Dam and Lake Chivero that allows the visitors to experience something thrilling. You can try boating, skiing and tubing at these famous places and make the most of your trip.

Go for shopping therapy

Harare has now become popular because of its beautiful attractions and numerous shopping centres that will make your stay memorable and interesting. Visit Sam Levy’s village that offers plenty of things to do. Stroll around the pavements, between stores or in the manicured lawns to explore the place. If you are shopaholic, Harare is blessed with amazing shopping centers where you can shop your heart out. You can also head to Avondale flea market that sells cheap clothes and local crafts as well as other things to make your day interesting.

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How to Reach Harare

By Air

The nearest airport is Harare airport which is the major gateway for all flights into the country. Apart from the domestic flights, there are an increasing number of foreign airlines that run to and fro the airport. Flights such as South African airways, Ethiopian airlines, Kenya airways, TAAG Angola Airlines and Egypt Air run on daily basis making it easier for the travelers to travel into the country. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or a cab that will take you to the city.

By Bus

There are various buses that run from Johannesburg on daily basis and it takes about 16-24 hours to reach the city. Bus services range from Eagle Liner, Grey hound and Intercape that run on daily basis to Harare.

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