Harare Flights and Travel Guide

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Harare

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Harare - Introduction

Harare is the capital and the largest city of Zimbabwe and serves as the gateway to the country’s many attractions. It is also the center of industry, trade and gold mining. Previously known as Salisbury, the city was founded by the British in 1890, and it was renamed Harare in 1982.

The city has a compact city center where visitors can easily find interesting landmarks such as African Unity Square, the Anglican Cathedral, the peaceful and scenic Harare Gardens, and the cafeterias and craft shops of First Street Mall. Also the National Gallery, which houses a major collection of African art and Shona stone sculpture, is a must.

Zimbabwe is home to some spectacular natural sights and Victoria Falls is one of the world’s most stunning spectacles in nature. Zimbabwe also has some of Africa’s best wildlife parks.

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Harare - Climate

Harare is blessed with a pleasant subtropical highland climate. Its average annual temperature is 18° C, which is quite moderate for a tropic region, and is due to the city’s high altitude.

There are three main seasons: the wet season, from November to April, is marked by hot sunny days and afternoon thunderstorms; the dry season, from May to August enjoys warm dry days and cooler nights; and the hot, dry season is during September and October.

The coldest month is July when the average temperatures range from 7° C to 20° C. The hottest month is October when temperatures can run from 13° C to 28° C.

January average temperature 20 deg Celsius 193 mm rainfall
February average temperature 20 deg Celsius, 178 mm rainfall
March average temperature 18 deg Celsius, 107 mm rainfall
April average temperature 17 deg Celsius, 33 mm rainfall
May average temperature 15 deg Celsius, 10 mm rainfall
June average temperature 12 deg Celsius, 3 mm rainfall
July average temperature 12 deg Celsius, 0 mm rainfall
August average temperature 15 deg Celsius, 3 mm rainfall
September average temperature 17 deg Celsius, 5 mm rainfall
October average temperature 20 deg Celsius, 33 mm rainfall
November average temperature 20 deg Celsius, 94 mm rainfall
December average temperature 20 deg Celsius, 173 mm rainfall

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Harare - Getting There

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PLANE

Harare International airport is the country’s major gateway, located 12 km from the city center. It is the hub of Air Zimbabwe, and also serves other airlines from around the world including British Airways, Emirates Airlines, Lufthansa Airlines and several domestic airlines.

 

Getting Around

CAR

The easiest way to get around the city is by car.

TAXI

Always remember to negotiate the price before entering the vehicle.

MINIBUS

There are numerous services running throughout the city.

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Harare - Activities

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is certainly among the world’s most stunning natural phenomena, and is often listed as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
It is located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, along the Zambezi River and forms the largest sheet of falling water in the world. It is twice as tall as Niagara Falls and several times longer.

One of the most famous features of the falls is the Devil’s Pool, a natural basin formed at the very edge of the fall, where it is perfectly safe to swim, usually during the months of September and December.

 

Zimbabwe Parks

Web: http://www.zimparks.com/

Zimbabwe has some of Africa’s best wildlife parks. There are also dozens of safari ranges, as well as botanical gardens and reserves. The most popular spots are Victoria Falls, Hwange, Matobo, Kariba, Gonarezhou, Nyanga, and Mana Pools.

 

Sports

Harare caters well to the sports enthusiast:

Superb golfing courses can be found in the city and its suburbs; as well as a wide range of sports clubs for games like tennis and cricket; and jet-skiing, sailing and fishing are catered for at Lake Chivero.

 

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Harare - Attractions

The National Gallery

Address: 20 Julius Nyerere Way/ Parklane
Web:
http://www.nationalgallery.co.zw/

The National gallery houses Zimbabwe’s contemporary and historical art, including a stunning collection of Shona soft-stone carvings. The gallery also hosts traveling international exhibitions.

 

Mbare market

This is one of the city’s most famous flea markets and baskets, masks, soapstone carvings, spears and beads share space with food, clothing, gemstone bargains and other souvenirs.
Other open-air flea markets are dotted amid several neighborhoods around the city.

 

National Archives

Address: Borrowdale Road, Gunll Area

The National Archives were established in 1935, with the aim of documenting the nation's history.
It houses a collection of original diaries, notebooks and reports of various famous explorers and missionaries.

 

National Botanic Garden

Address: Fifth St Alexandra Park

The Botanical Gardens encompass 68 hectares and nurtures over 900 species of wild trees and shrubs and native plants from all over the country.

 

Mukuvisi Woodlands

This is a wildlife sanctuary on the outskirts of the city and is home to elephants and other animals of the plains.

 

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Harare - Restaurants

Harare has a great selection of restaurants and cafés for tourists and expatriates, where visitors can sample traditional Zimbabwean food such as sadza, which is a type of cornmeal porridge mixed with vegetables and/or meat. American and European food are also available.

Many outdoor cafés are also equipped with wireless internet and serve good coffee.

The city has many high-quality international restaurants offering Thai, Indian, Chinese Greek, French, and Italian cuisines.

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Harare - Events

HIFA – Harare International Festival of the Arts

Date: 26 April – 1 May
Web    
http://www.hifa.co.zw/

HIFA is a six day annual festival and workshop program that showcases the very best of local, regional and international arts and culture in a comprehensive program of theatre, dance, music, circus, street performance, spoken word and visual arts.

 

Harare Jazz Festival

Date: April 15 – 17

The Harare Jazz Festival is a one day event that took place for the first time in 2009 in Harare. The program features renowned African jazz artists who also take part in music workshops a day prior to the festival. The proceeds benefit a charity organization and as part of its community outreach program, the festival invites high school students to attend for free.

 

Jacaranda Festival

Date: October (annual)

Once a beauty contest, the rebranded festival now features art displays, carnival and children's activities with the aim to raise money for charity organizations.

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Harare - Etiquette

Usually a service charge is already added to a restaurant bill but if not, a 10% tip is expected.
It is also customary to tip rangers and guides $5-10 USD per person, per day.

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Harare - Safety

The violence in Zimbabwe after the 2008 elections has abated but travelers should remain cautious as some tensions still remain. The situation may deteriorate without much notice.

Although the process for accreditation has been eased, journalists are strongly advised to obtain proper authorization and documentation before filming or reporting on any political or controversial subject.

Visitors should also note that fuel shortages can sometimes occur. Electricity, water, phone networks and health services can also be patchy.

Comprehensive travel and medical insurance prior to departure that covers all intended activities are vital.

Crime, especially opportunistic theft, can occur especially in Harare and main tourist areas such as Victoria Falls. Visitors should not display anything valuable in public, keep passport, tickets, cash and the like in a hotel safety deposit. Furthermore, armed robberies muggings, pick pocketing and jewelry theft are common in the city center, especially after dark.

High crime areas are in downtown Harare, as well as Pungwe Falls, Mterazi Falls and the Honde Falls. Be especially cautious when leaving banks and ATMs at night, and at Harare airport.

In case of political demonstrations leave the area as quickly as possible. Please note that voicing doubts, or any opinions, about the existing political system is highly unadvisable.

Tourist centers have been largely unaffected by political and social unrest, however, extreme caution is necessary for independent travel. Visitors should not travel alone.

 

Emergency Phone Numbers

Zimbabwe Police 04-777-777
Fire Brigade 04-783-983
Ambulance, MARS 04-771-221
Ambulance, EMRAS 04-250-011

 

U.S. Embassy Harare

Address: 172 Herbert Chitepo Avenue
Web:
http://harare.usembassy.gov/
Phone: (263-4) 250-593
Emergency After-hours telephone: (263-4) 250-595

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Harare - When To Go

The coolest months are between May and August, making it the most pleasant time to visit.

 

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