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Why visit Harare?

You may find yourself in Harare at the beginning or end of your trip, and if time allows it is worth exploring a little. Sample fine dining in one of the many restaurants, shop in craft markets, visit interesting museums and see some fine examples of modern and period architecture - there is quite a bit to see in Harare.
Reasons to visit Harare include:

  • The National Gallery has a valuable collection of national art, plays host to travelling international exhibitions and also a permanent display of excellent Shona soft-stone carvings which are well worth viewing. 
  • The National Archives has a priceless collection of historical documentation and diaries. Here you can also find some of the original works from some of the greatest names in African exploration. 
  • The local market at Mbare is a vibrant hive of activity where you can find a colourful array of food, clothing, baskets and other everyday items. 
  • The 68ha National Botanical Gardens houses 900 species of trees and shrubs collected from all over the country.
  • Visit the Kopje, a raised hill in the south west of Harare for spectacular views over the city.
  • When to visit Harare

    Harare enjoys a temperate climate year round.  April through to August will see warm temperatures, clear skies and an absence of rain. The beautiful purple jacaranda trees are in full bloom in September and October, they create a stunning visual, lining the wide city avenues.

    How to do it

    Harare's international airport is the usual entry and departure point for those visiting this vibrant city, it has good regional and national connections. It is also possible to visit Harare if you are on a self-drive trip, the wide streets and organised layout of the city make it easy to negotiate.

    Accommodation in Harare

    Whilst Harare does have larger hotels on offer, we prefer the friendly intimacy of smaller guest houses, hotels and B&Bs.  Where you stay would depend on your needs and preferences.  Armadale Lodge is an excellent choice if you would like to stay in the quiet, upmarket northern suburbs. Alternatively Bronte The Garden Hotel is a small, mid-range hotel closer to the vibrant centre of Harare making this area easier to explore, just let us know and we can ensure we match you with the perfect accommodation.

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Time: GMT + 2 hours

Flight time:

Flights from UK to Harare or Victoria Falls are usually via Johannesburg and can take 12+ hours, although once the new Victoria Falls airport is fully operational there may be an option of direct flights – watch this space.

Language: English is the official language of Zimbabwe. Shona or Ndebele are also widely spoken by the majority of the population.

Visas:

Visas are required for UK passport holders and can be obtained on entry into Zimbabwe.  

Health:

Malaria is a risk in many areas of Zimbabwe.

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