Harare Tourism

While the upper half of Africa is visited for a glimpse of the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, the lower half of the continent is monopolized by the safari enthusiasts. The other nations that fall in between are just left to languish, hardly receiving any attention. While your gut might tell you to rush off to the Masai Mara or Cairo, hold your horses and head to Zimbabwe instead.

The capital city, Harare, is grossly underrated and deemed unsafe and unstable; the city in reality is quite laid back and not all that life threatening. Sure you might be required a little more caution than usually prescribed, but it’s all going to be worth it when you sit back and go over the memories and experiences you’d have accumulated.

Essential travel information and Harare tips for your visit

  • Check the local political and economic scene of the country before you plan your trip. Even though Zimbabwe doesn’t see as much conflict as the rest of the African regions, the stability is quite volatile.
  • Get vaccinated well in advance. Chances are you might be required to be vaccinated against yellow fever, so check what immunizations are needed before you travel.
  • Try not to step out after hours since there are chances that you can get mugged.
  • Even while driving around at night, wound up your windows tightly and no matter who knocks on your window, don’t pay any attention and keep all your valuables well hidden. Avoid stopping at traffic signals.
  • Don’t cheap out on the tip. Many of the servers depend on your tip to get by.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Harare

  • Save 4% Full-Day Harare City Tour
    Full-Day Harare City Tour1 Reviews

    Duration: 1 Days

    Harare, known as Salisbury before 1982, is the largest city in Zimbabwe. It is full of beautiful architectural and cultural l...

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  • Save 4% 12-Day Zimbabwe Safari Tour from Victoria Falls
    12-Day Zimbabwe Safari Tour from Victoria FallsNew on TripHobo

    Duration: Flexible

    Experience the major highlights of Zimbabwe that is Harare, Eastern highlands, Great Zimbabwe, Matopos Park , Hwange National...

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  • Know the pollution level of Harare before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 55 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 82.26 (Very High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 59.68 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 72.73 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 73.48 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 72.58 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 57.58 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 47.32 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Harare for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Harare.

    • Burglary and Theft 60.64 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 53.26 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 43.48 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 91.11 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 39.36 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 61.96 (High)
    • Attacks 38.83 (Low)
    • Drug offense 45.21 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 69.02 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 37.77 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 43.09 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 26.6 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 55.98 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Harare is 96.16 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 49.37 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 96.76 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 73.38 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 24.17 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 55.9 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 38.49 (Low)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 20.03 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 26.12 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Harare

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.15 USD
    • International Movie per seat 8 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 34.8 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 79 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 36.67 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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