Five Exotic Surprises Near Your Harare Hotels

When visiting the lively capital of Zimbabwe, tourists are delighted to find so much more available near their Harare hotels than they expected! The city of energy boasts gorgeous reserves, tourist gems, astounding wildlife and spectacular landscapes wrapped up with sprawling African plains reminiscent of Hollywood movies! Travel through a basket of exotic surprises and a warm welcoming community.

Here are five of our top exotic recommendations to visit while staying at Willow Lodge.

Wild is Life Wildlife Sanctuary & Elephant Nursery 

Wild Is Life is not only a wildlife sanctuary but was Zimbabwe’s first elephant nursery. Its mission is focused on the saving, rehabilitating and rewilding of wild animals.

Located on the perimeter of Harare, these dedicated, passionate animal lovers have been hard at work for twenty-three years and counting. They save the small (mongoose, pangolins, miniature antelope) up to the giant cats, giraffes and wildebeest. And, of course, elephants.

Get up close to the wild spirits of Africa!

Zimbabwe National Botanic Gardens 

For the cyclists at heart, work up a sweat while cycling through a truly stunning collection of local, rare and endangered plants. It’s a rolling space offering seven square kilometres of beauty, peace and picnicking. A perfect lazy-day spot for those who also want to stroll and relax.

The Reserve With Rhinos – Thetford Reserve 

Rhinos, one of the most threatened animals on the planet, are available for your viewing at this wonderful reserve. Indulge your wildlife dreams when viewing these rare creatures with other beauties like giraffes, impalas, zebra and buffalo. Want to do more than watch? Try your hand at fishing or be transported by 1000s of years when you view cave paintings. All this is just thirty minutes from Harare!

Mukuvisi Woodlands 

This national treasure allows the public to run, walk and cycle through exciting trails ranging from three to ten kilometres long. A short hop from Harare and you are immersed in a natural portal to the heart of Africa.

If cycling is not your preference then a horseback tour is available, getting you much closer to animals. Use up your camera memory snapping away at beautiful zebra, giraffe, antelope, impala and grumpy crocodiles. Twitchers are catered for with guided bird walks for you to tick off some of the 300 species living here. Picnics and braaing are an option here.

Visit the pulsing metropolis of Harare and be spoilt for choice with the beauty and options available so close to your Harare hotels. For exploring made easy, contact us to assist you in hiring a car or driver during your stay.