Travel is one of life’s ultimate pleasures. To experience a different place is to experience a different way of living. Besides the actual journey, finding a home away from home is an essential part of planning your ideal holiday.

If you are visiting Harare – the capital of Zimbabwe – you may consider a few hotels and lodges before finally choosing the one where you’ll stay. Every door you knock on during your search will bring promises, so how do you decide where to go? Here are some tips on the best ways to book accommodation in Harare.

  • Plan ahead

Nothing can ruin a potentially great trip as quickly as inadequate planning. Even if your trip is spontaneous, you must do enough planning to at least cover the basics. Chief among these is accommodation. Give yourself sufficient time to decide on the location, which automatically narrows downs the search because you’ll know what to expect.

  • Compare options

Once you’ve decided on your location, use an accommodation search engine to generate quote estimates. Compare the search results based on facilities, location and cost to make a choice that suits you. Check if your accommodation of choice offers special packages, which could save you quite a bit of money.

  • Call before committing

If the idea of an online transaction unsettles you, pick up the phone and make a call. A personal interaction may be all the confirmation you need to decide whether or not the lodge or hotel is a good fit. Speak to the booking agent about what you’re looking for and don’t be afraid to ask questions when you need some clarity.

  • Read reviews

Take the time to read the reviews of past visitors to the lodge, BnB or hotel you’re considering. It’s a reliable way to get a feel for the place. If people are raving about services and features that are important to you, you’ll know that this is the right place for you, and if there’s a stream of negative reviews, you can be grateful you dodged a bullet.

  • Make a booking

Once you’re satisfied with your research and planning, you’re good to go. If you find the perfect holiday accommodation, you’ve got one primary task sorted and you’re on your way.

Visit the Willow Lodge website or call +263 77 359 9548 to learn more about our excellent service and accommodation options.