Harare International Airport is the main airport serving Harare, Zimbabwe. It is also Zimbabwe’s biggest airport and the main airline operating in the airport is Air Zimbabwe. It has two passenger terminals and is equipped with modern airport facilities, including Wi-Fi, airport lounges and even airport hotels.
How to get around
The airport is located 15km from Harare City. A cheap way to get around the city is through car rental. There are several car rental companies located at the arrival hall. You can also rent at a discounted rate if you hire more than one car.
Taxi services are also available. They are more expensive alternatives and taxi fares cost around NZD28. Another option is to engage in shuttle services. Shuttle Direct is a company offering such services. There are also Harare Airport Shuttle services. Some hotels in Harare like Holiday Inn offers shuttle services from the airport.
The most convenient way to get around Harare is through driving. Taxi services are also available in Harare. Unlike taxi fares from the airport to the city, taxi fares around the city range from NZD2-6. Harare’s public transport consists of buses and trains but they are not typically used by tourists.
What to see and do
Harare City is also fondly known as Sunshine City. It is the capital of Zimbabwe with more than 1.6 million residents. Originally called Salisbury, Harare remained under colonial powers and only gained independence in 1980. This city is home to many natural places of interest and interesting landmarks.
Located just 40 minutes drive away from the city is Thetford Game Reserve. You can opt for half-day or full day tours or even stay overnight at the game lodge. Learn about African wildlife while touring the game reserve in the game drive. Walking trails are also available. Prices start from around NZD60.
One of the places to visit in Harare if you have a few days to spare is Varden Safaris. Explore Zimbabwe’s wilderness through horseback riding. Get to know about the flora and fauna. Marvel at the scenic natural landscapes.
Outdoor lovers can also head to Domboshawa, also known as The Red Rock. To get to the top, follow the arrow paintings on rocks. The trek up to the top takes only 15 minutes. It is a good place for admiring the sunset.
If time permits, trek Ngomakurira (The Mountain of Drums). It is a 20 minutes drive away from Domboshawa. It takes a little over an hour to get to the top of the mountain. Along the way, enjoy the scenic view.
For a unique experience, visit the Book Café. Catch social commentaries made by local comedians, poets and singers. Entrance to this café is free.
If you are looking for cheap and local souvenirs, head to Avondale Flea Market. African drums, paintings and handicrafts are sold here. Just in front of the flea market stands Avondale shopping centre, home to restaurants, cafes and even a supermarket.
Zimbabwe is also famed for its Shona sculptures. Drop by the National Gallery in Harare, containing Shona sculptures and featuring a collection of African paintings for a better understanding of African culture.
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