Harare is a busy working African city but it's also a city that is attractive and well designed with wide avenues and numerous open spaces and parks.
Flowers, shrubs and trees are in abundance and when the jacaranda trees are in full bloom (September and October) the city is full of purple blooms.
Situated high on Zimbabwe's central plateau the air feels crisp and clear and whilst many will not want to spend extensive time in the city, it is certainly pleasant for an overnight stop.
There are various places of interest to explore, such as the Botanical Gardens which have more than 900 species of trees and shrubs from all over the country.
The National Gallery has Shona soft stone carvings as well as exhibits from all over the world whilst the National Archives houses notebooks, diaries and more from some of the most famous African explorers.
Zimbabwe is known for its beautiful craft work and a fun way to spend an afternoon is browsing through the curio stalls admiring the basketry, carvings and intricate beadwork on offer.
With a collection of comfortable hotels and guesthouses and some excellent restaurants a night in Harare is invariably an enjoyable experience.
Suggested itinerary featuring Harare
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Harare, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Harare
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Accommodation choices for Harare
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Harare. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
The Meikles Hotel is situated in central Harare overlooking the pretty gardens of Africa Unity Square. It is predominantly a business hotel, however the rooms are comfortable and the service is good.