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What are the best things to do in Harare?
Wild is Life
When you book airfare to Harare, don’t miss the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Africa’s most iconic animals. Wild is Life is a wildlife sanctuary located right beside Harare International Airport (HRE), so it’s the perfect option if you’re fascinated by the idea of a safari, but don’t want to venture too far into the bush. Throughout the park, you can see animals such as lions, giraffes, elephants, and cheetahs, and you can take a guided tour of the park.
National Botanic Gardens
Head to the sprawling National Botanic Gardens between return flights to Harare to explore the native flora of Zimbabwe. The majority of plants and trees throughout the gardens are native to Zimbabwe and showcase the different landscapes you can see across the country. Some plants in the Botanic Gardens come from places further afield, such as India, South America, and even Australia. While visiting Zimbabwe on cheap flights to Harare, spend an afternoon wandering through the gardens to gain a fresh appreciation for its nature. Tickets to Harare’s National Botanic Gardens cost 1,600 Zimbabwean dollars ($7.15 AUD).
Although Mukuvisi Woodlands is only 5 kilometres (3 miles) from central Harare, it feels a world away from the buzz of the city. While holidaying on flights to Harare, spend some time at the Mukuvisi Woodlands to take in the beauty and excitement of the African bush. The game reserve covers 200 hectares and is home to giraffes, zebras, impalas, and other African animals. Go on a game drive to catch sight of the animals, or take a guided walking tour of the park to see rare and beautiful bird species.
What are the dos and don’ts of visiting Harare?
Do stick with a local guide if you go out in the evening
During the day, central areas of Harare are just about as safe as any major city. But at night, pickpockets can come out and target tourists. While holidaying on flights to Harare, plan to stay in after dark if you’re on your own. If you do go out, stick with a local guide who will know which parts of the city to avoid at night.
Don’t drink tap water
After arriving to Harare International Airport (HRE), don’t drink any tap water. The tap water is said to be safe in some places, such as hotels. If you want to be extra careful, stick to drinking bottled water between your return flights to Harare.
Do make sure you’re up-to-date on travel vaccines
Before boarding your flights to Harare, make sure you’re up-to-date on all of your travel vaccines. Recommended vaccines include hepatitis A and B, typhoid, cholera, and yellow fever. Malaria isn’t present in the capital, but if you’ll be heading into rural Zimbabwe, pack some malaria tablets for your cheap flights to Harare. Consult with your doctor about any vaccinations or tablets they would recommend for your trip to Zimbabwe.
When is the best time to visit Harare?
Whether you book airfare to Harare in the summer or winter, expect pleasant temperatures that will allow for plenty of time outdoors. Zimbabwean summer and spring fall between October and April. October is the hottest month of the year, with temperatures reaching about 30°C. Although it gets hot, October is an extra special time to book cheap flights to Harare. A phenomenon called ‘purple snow’ occurs as vibrant purple jacaranda flowers fall from the trees. Throughout the rest of the summer, daytime temperatures average about 26°C. Rain storms are fairly common in summer, but this leads to lusher and greener landscapes throughout Zimbabwe.
If you’d prefer to visit at a time when temperatures are cooler and rain is rare, book tickets to Harare between May and September. This is the Zimbabwean winter when daytime temperatures average about 23°C during the day. At night, it can cool down to about 8°C, so bring a jacket and some layers if you plan return flights to Harare in winter.
How much time should I spend in Harare?
While there is plenty to see in Harare, the true beauty of Zimbabwe lies outside of the city. When you book flights to Harare, spend a few days taking in the culture of the capital as well as nearby game reserves. Then venture into the bush for an authentic African safari experience or to visit Victoria Falls. Since you travelled so far to get to Harare, you could even take advantage of cheap Webjet flights to visit nearby countries, such as South Africa, Botswana, or Zambia.