Harare is the capital city of Zimbabwe and lies in the northeast of the country, some 700km east of Victoria Falls and 1123km from Johannesburg, South Africa. It was renamed Harare on the second anniversary of independence, and there are numerous attractions that celebrate the country's heritage, including the National Heroes Acre. Harare generally has a very relaxed air about it, with wide avenues lined with colourful vegetation. Tourists are, however, advised to stay clear of the State House precinct. While the country has endured economic difficulties recently, the city boasts some excellent restaurants, museums, and galleries, along with a good selection of accommodation, making it a worthwhile pre- or post-safari stopover.

Essential Traveller Information

While some tourists arrive in Zimbabwe via Harare, most fly into Victoria Falls or Joshua Nkomo International Airport (Bulawayo), which are closer to the major tourist attractions. However, for those that do, Harare offers a range of attractions and recreational activities that make for a comfortable couple of nights stay. African Eden’s member properties can assist you in arranging day tours of Harare’s highlights and your accommodation and other travel arrangements. The city has a generally relaxed ambience, but as is the case in many places, visitors are advised not to exhibit luxury items or cash and to refrain from unaccompanied travel after dark.

Overseas visitors can fly into the Robert G Mugabe International Airport, which is about 15km from Harare’s city centre. African Eden’s member properties and tour operators will gladly assist in advising you on the most practical airlines to use from your point of origin. The country has an extensive network of roads, which vary in condition as one travels. Still, by and large, one can easily travel to Zimbabwe’s capital from any of the major national and regional centres in a regular sedan. However, it is suggested that tourists not travel at night due to the possibility of pedestrians and animals on the roads.   

Harare is said to have one of the most pleasant climates of any city, making it a year-round destination. It does experience the same Wet and Dry Seasons as the rest of the country, but this affects neither travel nor activities. The Summer months herald the rains from November to April, during which daytime temperatures can get hot, only to be cooled by afternoon showers and balmy evenings. Winter temperatures are warm by day and cool to cold in the evening and early morning. There is little to no rain from May to October.

MAP OF Harare

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