Harare Activities - See and Do
the Sunshine City of Harare offers a wide variety of Tourist Attractions including
Championship Golf courses - Shona Sculpture Parks - Botanical Gardens and Wildlife Parks - Theatres and Galleries
- Museums - Bird Sanctuaries - Craft Markets
What to See and Do - Harare
The Lion and Cheetah Park - A MUST DO
There are 3 sections to the park so allow plenty of time to fully enjoy this.
A drive around lion enclosure where male and female lions can be viewed close up.
A guided tour of the main section which houses numerous game (we saw cheetah - civet - serval - hyena - more lions - ostrich - peacock - a 300 year old tortoise - black backed jackal - crocodiles as well as lion cubs.
The third section is a game drive where you can see eland, blesbok, impala, zebra and wildebeest.
The park is open all year round. Contact them on 62 2433/2434 OR 912 227 069
The park is well signposted - approx. 16 kms before the town of Norton.
Entry was US$ 10 adult - children US$ 5 (June 2009)
Jetsking, Sailing and fishing: are provided for at
Experience water sports from Harare Safari Lodge
Mukuvisi Woodlands is the Harare base of the Wildlife
Society of Zimbabwe.
You can horse ride amongst the wildlife on the 110 hectare game park or take a walking safari. Purchase curios, books and camping equipment here.
Ruwa Sculpture Gallery to see some remarkable stone
Chapungu sculpture park- Cultural history of contemporary art Harrow road
Msasa.Nhukutuku Sculpture Village - 24 hour daily Gallery of highest authentic
Shona sculpture Stand 18135 Griffin rd
Gunhill Stone Heritage Gallery - A diverse and visual centre for Zimbabwean Stone
sculpture and traditional crafts 160 Samora Machel between 6 th & 7 th Streets
Dendera Gallery - traditional and contemporary arts (66 Speke Avenue -Telephone: 725 666)
F W A Tribal Arts - 30 Arundel School Road, Mount Pleasant Tel: 4 304 629
Golf - numerous golf clubs who welcome visitors.
Putt - Putt: Mini Golf and putting range for Family Fun
Ewanrigg National Park houses cycads and aloes in 285 hectares,
National Heroes Acre - commeration site to the fallen heroes of Zimbabwe and museum
Mountain of Drums (Ngomakurira) listen to the spirits of yesteryear partying. 30kms from Harare.
Harare Publicity Bureau: corner of 2nd street & Jason Moyo Ave
Chriemba Balancing Rocks- Spectacular natural rock formations balancing on each other
General attractions around Harare
The centre is fairly compact and a brief stroll should include African Unity Square, the Anglican Cathedral, the peaceful and scenic Harare Gardens, the cafeterias and craft shops of First Street Mall and the main attraction of the city - the National Gallery which houses a major collection of African art and specialises in Shona stone sculpture.
The museum has a sculpture garden on the edge of the Harare Gardens where stone pieces are set outside in the open, including the lifesize rhino. Some pieces are for sale at the gallery shop and these can also be purchased in private galleries such as the Matombo Gallery.
One of the most colourful and frenetic sights is the Mbare Market in the suburbs of Harare. This is the nation’s largest and noisiest market situated on the southern outskirts about 10 minutes from the city centre. It is a crowded place and attracts the inevitable pickpockets. You will find all sorts of craft works for sale including baskets, masks, soapstone carvings, spears and beads.
Gemstones are also another must to purchase
Other attractions on the outskirts of the city include the Mukuvisi Woodlands (wildlife sanctuary with elephant and plains game only a few kilometers from the city), the Larvon Bird Gardens (over 180 species of bird including eagles, vultures, flamingoes and sacred ibis), Lake Chivero (recreational park and game reserve), the Ewenrigg Botanical Gardens (with terraces of aloes and many other spectacular plant displays) and Heroes’ Acre (ceremonial burial ground to the 25,000 Zimbabweans who died in the civil war leading to the country’s independence in 1980).
Harare has a very large number of high-quality restaurants.Thai, Indian, Chinese, Creole, Greek, French, Italian...the choice is large
Harare is a sporting paradise. The city and its suburbs have many beautifully-kept world-class golf courses, the best of which offer membership to Meikles guests. Numerous sports clubs offer a wide range of sporting activities from tennis to cricket.
You can visit the world's largest tobacco auction floors and see the sing-song auctioneers selling a bale a minute; you can see the historical highlights of the city, visit gameparks and a lion and cheetah sanctuary, ride an elephant, marvel at 5 000 year old cave paintings, walk among the wildlife with a safari guide, go birding, take a sunset cruise on a lake, enjoy breakfast on top of a granite mountain, take a wine tour to a vineyard and cellar, experience the colour and fun of a traditional market, or go underground at a gold mine
Tours around Harare
Big City Tour - 3 hours
Drive past historic buildings en route to a panoramic outlook of the city from the Kopje hill. Enjoy the swinging action at the Tobacco Auction Floors (during April – October only) and bargain for curios and souvenirs at the bustling Mbare Musika.
Private Hire & Chauffeur Drives
Enjoy the flexibility of morning, afternoon, full day or multi day bus hire options. Alternatively follow your own itinerary at leisure – in the company of a seasoned
UTc driver guide.
Mukuvisi Woodlands - 3 hours
Only 15 minutes from the city centre, call in to see elephant, impala, ostrich and giraffe in natural woodland set aside and run by the Wildlife Society of Zimbabwe.
Great Zimbabwe Day Trip – Full Day
Tour this majestic 13th century structure, the cornerstone of Zimbabwe’s culture and heritage and the largest historical structures south of the Pyramids.
Rural Route – Nyachowe Village, Full Day
Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the city, head west to an expansive communal area 80km from Harare. You will never forget the welcoming warmth of the rural people, and you will cherish the memory of having been a part of this simple, yet beautiful, traditional lifestyle.
Kuimba Shiri Bird Gardens & Snake World – 3 hours
Take a look at another aspect of Zimbabwe’s wildlife, by visiting the 100s of exotic and local bird species at Kuimba Shiri. At Snake World, you will come face to face with some of Africa’s most venomous vipers.
Lion & Cheetah Park and Lake Chivero Game Park, 3.5 - 4
A chance to see the wilds of Africa right on the outskirts of the city. The Lion & Cheetah Park hosts big cats and some rare and nocturnal species. At Lake Chivero, you will be in the company or free- ranging plains game and may even glimpse the shy white rhino
* Harare International Airport - 14 km
* Railway Station - 3kms
* National Museum - 2 km
* National Art Gallery - I km
* National Archives - 5kms
* Epworth Balancing Rocks - 12km
* Larvon Bird Gardens - 25 kilometres
* Lion & Cheetah Park - 30 kilometres
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