Flights to Harare (HRE)

Head to Harare to enjoy a city that effortlessly twins modern architecture with a close proximity to Africa’s wildlife.
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Harare, Zimbabwe

What to do in Harare

Visit Patrick Mavros Jewellery Studio

Patrick Mavros is a world-famous jewellery maker whose customers have included Sharon Stone, Kate Middleton and Bruce Springsteen. You can visit his stunning hilltop studio gallery space to see him at work. It's an African-style thatched bungalow with gorgeous views, especially at sunset.

Mpata Farm
Haslemere Lane
Umwimsidale
+263 4 860 131
patrickmavros.com

Visit Mukuvisi Woodlands Environmental Centre

The seven-kilometre trip out of the city to Mukuvisi Woodlands Environmental Centre is worth it. The 263-hectare parkland is home to a variety of animals, including zebras, giraffes and crocodiles. It is also an excellent place for birdwatching – bring binoculars.

Corner of Glenara Avenue and Hillside Road
Hatfield
+263 4 747 111
mukuvisiwoodland.co.zw

Trade on the tobacco floor

The sights, the smells, the shouting – tobacco trading sees farmers stood opposite brokers, eye-to-eye, negotiating prices for the huge bales that sit between them. These energetic auctions take place from February to August, and really is an unforgettable viewing experience.

Boka Tobacco Auction Floor
Glen Norah
+263 4 613 018
facebook.com/pages/Boka-Tobacco-Auction-Floor

Shop at Avondale Flea Market

A good way to see what a city is really all about is to visit its markets. Whether you're buying, bartering, or just browsing, Avondale Flea Market is full of fresh produce and craft goods. It's also a great place to pick up souvenirs.

Bath Road
Near Mbare Musika Bus Terminal
Avondale
+263 77 131 7435
facebook.com/pages/Avondale-Flea-Market

Hang out at the Book Café

For almost two decades, the Book Café has been Harare's hub of counterculture and an important place through tough times. Peruse the books, have lunch, sip coffee, see poets, singers, stand-up comedians, and mingle with the capital's cool, arty crowd.

139 Samora Machel
Corner of 6th Street
+263 864 406 6622
facebook.com/bookcafeharare

Experience the Wild is Life Animal Sanctuary

No visit to Harare is complete without a visit to this wildlife orphanage and rehabilitation rescue centre, where you can spot lions and cheetahs, feed giraffes and play with baby elephants. You can also drop in for afternoon tea, before watching the sunset – a truly unforgettable experience. Visits to the centre – 20 minutes from the city centre – are by appointment only, so ring ahead.

2 Delport Road
Harare Airport
Epworth
+263 779 949 821
wildislife.com

Where to eat in Harare

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Victoria 22 (Seafood)

This restaurant – once a colonial house – is beloved by Harare’s glamorous diners. The main focus of the menu is seafood, and the chefs pride themselves on the freshness of their produce. Staff are attentive and the surroundings are inviting.

22 Victoria Road
Harare East
+263 4 776 429
facebook.com/pages/Victoria-22

The Butcher's Kitchen (Steakhouse)

No prize for guessing what The Butcher’s Kitchen is good at: meat – and lots of it. All the ingredients are sourced locally, and are sizzled over a charcoal grill. Bring your appetite – the steaks are among the best in Harare.

Borrowdale Road
Harare North
+263 4 884 4445
facebook.com/butchers.kitchen

Paula's Place (Portuguese)

Paula's Place looks like the kind of truck-stop tired travellers dream of, especially when it's lit up at night. Inside the family-friendly restaurant, which is famed for its Portuguese fare, is always bustling and the peri-peri chicken is the best in town.

314 Samora Machel Avenue
Corner of Glenara Avenue
Eastlea
+263 4 704 830
facebook.com/paulasplace2014

Garwe (Zimbabwean)

A favourite with locals, Garwe serves traditional Zimbabwean fare – goat and guinea fowl are specialties – under a thatched roof and in front of a roaring fire on colder nights. Vegetarian options are available and the bill won't break the bank.

18637 Donald McDonald Road
Eastlea
+263 733 394 323
facebook.com/pages/Garwe-Restaurant

Amanzi Restaurant (International)

Amanzi is renowned throughout Harare, and is so popular that booking is essential. Located way out of town in the upmarket suburbs, it's worth the cab ride to sample its international menu enjoyed in an old farmhouse set in four acres of land.

158 Enterprise Road
Highlands
+263 4 497 768
amanzi.co.zw/restaurant.php

40 Cork Road (Cafe)

A renovated colonial house set in serene gardens makes the perfect setting for breakfast or lunch in what is one of Harare's coolest cafes. The coffee's good and the gelato’s even better. Come here for lunch and a latte, with no risk of blowing your budget.

40 Cork Road
Avondale
+263 4 253 585/6
facebook.com/pages/40-Cork-Rd-Avondale

Places to stay in Harare

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Crowne Plaza Harare Monomotapa

One of the top mid-range hotels in Harare is the Crowne Plaza Harare Monomotapa. It comes with all the amenities you'd expect and, being near the centre of town and on the edge of gorgeous Harare Gardens, the location couldn't be better.

54 Park Lane
Harare Central
+263 4 704 516
ihg.com/crowneplaza/harare

The N1 Hotel

The N1 is the best budget option for short trips, or if you're planning to spend more time exploring than staying in. It's centrally located, the rooms are simple and unfussy, and service runs 24 hours. Room rates are reasonable and there's free Wi-Fi.

126 Samora Machel Avenue
Harare Central
+263 4 701 813
n1hotel.co.zw/harare

Meikles Hotel

Widely regarded as one of Africa's best hotels, and with good reason, this luxurious five-star place has everything you could wish for. There's a wide variety of rooms to choose from – book the presidential suite if you really want to push the boat out.

Corner of 3rd Street and Jason Moyo Avenue
Harare South
+263 4 707 721
meikles.com

Imba Matombo

This five-star boutique hotel on top of a scenic hill offers 15 rooms and lodges, tastefully appointed and with traditional decorations. You can eat or drink poolside in the shelter of the thatched-roof gazebos. When you book, be sure to ask for a veranda or balcony room for the best views.

3 Albert Glen Close
Glen Lorne
+263 77 451 4235
facebook.com/Imbamatombo

Cresta Lodge

There are Cresta Hotels dotted throughout Africa, and the chain prides itself on offering true African hospitality in an authentic setting. Harare's Cresta Lodge is set in tranquil grounds, just outside the city centre, and has the superb Chatters Restaurant.

Corner of Samora Machel Avenue & Robert Mugabe Road
Harare Central
+263 4 486 870
crestalodgeharare.com

Bronte Hotel

Pull into the driveway of the beautiful Bronte and you'd be forgiven for thinking you're arriving at some far-flung country retreat rather than a hotel in a busy city. With its sprawling gardens and colonial-style rooms, it's no surprise this is one of the most popular hotels in Harare.

132 Baines Avenue
Corner of 4th Street and Baines Avenue
+263 4 707 522/7
brontehotel.com