What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of travelling to Zimbabwe’s capital? Is it exploring the contrasts of the city’s wide-ranging urban and suburban settings? Alternatively, is it going on a safari ride at a nearby game reserve? No matter what tickles your fancy, we want to help you make the most of your trip to Harare. Whether it’s sifting through hotels or deciding what to do on your trip, we’ve got all the information you need to guide you through the planning. We spoke to some of our staff and travellers and compiled this list of helpful pointers for your trip to the heart of Zimbabwe.
Harare Traveling Tip #1: Choose Accommodation That Will Meet Your Needs
The type of accommodation you find yourself staying at can make or break your trip. Make sure you’re based somewhere where you’ll have access to all the facilities that you need. Ask about Wi-Fi, transport, and distance from activities before you settle.
Harare Traveling Tip #2: Bring Currency Along For Shopping
Zimbabwe accepts several currencies from across the globe since the dissolution of its currency a decade ago. The most widely used ones are the American Dollar (USD), South African Rand (ZAR), Botswanan Pula (BWP) and Zimbabwean Bond Bote. Hard currency is scarce among locals, so avoid carrying big notes to enable ease of transactions.
Harare Traveling Tip #3: Explore The City’s Bustling Nightlife With Locals
It’s always safest to have a local help you navigate both your day- and night-time activities in Harare. Those who have local friends are lucky but don’t worry if you don’t. You can hire a guide or ask for a reference from your hotel to help you make the most of your travels.
Harare Traveling Tip #4: Safety First, Always
Remember that you’re in a developing country, so economic disparities are quite significant. Don’t keep all your eggs in one basket when you’re on the move. If you go out for activities, take only the cash and items you’ll need and leave valuable belonging in a safe at your Harare hotel.
Hotels in Harare have a lot to offer and can help advise you on most of the above. Don’t be shy to ask for some more pointers from the Willow Lodge staff when you book your stay.