Flights to Harare (HRE)

Book a flight to Harare in Zimbabwe for a taste of modern Africa, stunning architecture, and amazing wildlife.

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Flights to Harare

Choose the window seat on your flight to Harare and you'll see what Zimbabwe’s capital is all about as you soar over its skyline. It has all the trappings of a modern metropolis, but you're never too far from nature.

When visiting Zimbabwe, the temptation is to head straight out on safari or rush to see Victoria Falls, which is on the border with Zambia. But Harare is one of the most attractive capital cities in southern Africa, so it's worth taking some time to explore. Walk its wide avenues, lined with dusty red earth and indigenous plants. There are many beautiful parks and gardens, museums, and craft markets, not to mention some of the best coffee shops, restaurants, and lounges on the continent. The Book Cafe, for example, has thrived for decades as a place where the creative minds of the city meet and mingle, while Garwe Restaurant serves the best in local cuisine to visitors and residents.

There’s no ignoring the quality of the nature parks that Zimbabwe is known for, and Harare is no exception. Venture out to the Wild is Life animal sanctuary to see some of Africa’s beloved wildlife up close.

Harare is a city showing real promise, especially since Zimbabwe adopted the US dollar as its de facto currency, which has encouraged investment in the capital. Harare is the seat of government, the industrial hub and commercial center for Zimbabwe, and a safe and laid-back place where locals will welcome you with smile.

Visit Mukuvisi Woodlands Environmental Centre

The 7-km 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's also an excellent place for birdwatching—bring binoculars!

Corner of Glenara Avenue and Hillside Road
+263 4 747 111

Trade on the tobacco floor

The sights, the smells, the shouting—tobacco trading brings farmers and brokers eye to eye, negotiating prices for the huge bales that sit between them. These energetic auctions take place from February to August, and they really are an unforgettable viewing experience.

Boka Tobacco Auction Floor
Glen Norah
+263 4 613 018

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
+263 77 131 7435

Visit Patrick Mavros Jewelry Studio

Patrick Mavros is a world-famous jewelry 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
+263 4 860 131

Experience the Wild is Life Animal Sanctuary

No visit to Harare is complete without a visit to this wildlife orphanage and rehabilitation rescue center, 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 for a truly unforgettable experience. Visits to the center, which is 20 minutes from the city center, are by appointment only, so call ahead.

2 Delport Road
Harare Airport
+263 779 949 821

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. The staff is attentive and the surroundings are inviting.

22 Victoria Road
Harare East
+263 4 776 429

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 sizzled over a charcoal grill. Bring your appetite—the steaks are among the best in Harare.

Borrowdale Road
Harare North
+263 4 884 4445

Amanzi Restaurant (International)

Renowned throughout Harare, Amanzi is so popular that making a reservation is essential. It's located way out of town in the upmarket suburbs, but it's worth the cab ride to sample the international menu in an old farmhouse set in 4 acres of land.

158 Enterprise Road
+263 4 497 768

Garwe (Zimbabwean)

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

18637 Donald McDonald Road
+263 733 394 323

40 Cork Road (Cafe)

A renovated colonial house set in serene gardens makes the perfect setting for breakfast or lunch in 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
+263 4 253 585/6

Paula's Place (Portuguese)

Paula's Place looks like the kind of truckstop tired travelers 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
+263 4 704 830

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 the location—near the center of town and on the edge of gorgeous Harare Gardens—couldn't be better.

54 Park Lane
Harare Central
+263 4 704 516

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

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

Brontë Hotel

Pull into the driveway of the beautiful Brontë 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

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 are a wide variety of rooms to choose from; reserve the presidential suite if you really want to go all out.

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

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 center and has the superb Chatters Restaurant.

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

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