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Harare is a pleasant destination with a moderate climate throughout the year. It has a laid back vibe and you'll find excellent works of art and crafts there as well as exceptional restaurants serving traditional and international dishes. 

Zimbabwe is known for its arts and crafts and the National Gallery, located in Harare Gardens, presents monthly exhibits that feature impressive African and contemporary works. Here you'll see diverse collections of photographic images, wooden carvings, stone sculptures, paintings and so much more. The gift shop attached, sells a variety of Zimbabwean arts and crafts and books too.

Whilst in Harare, try some authentic Zimbabwean cuisine including Sadza - a traditional maize meal.

Mbare Market attracts adventurous tourists. The many items sold here range from Shona sculptures, masks and weaved baskets, to locally grown vegetables and fresh produce. You can mingle with the Zimbabwean people here and learn more about their various customs, culture and traditions.

The Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFF) is worth attending, if you are in the city during the month of August. This event runs for 10 days.

When to fly to Harare

High peak season in Harare occurs between the months of April and October and the weather during this period is dry. Note that temperatures rise quite considerably, between September and October. Spring is a great time to visit, as Harare hosts a number of festivals, including the International Festival of Arts (HIFA) and the Harare Jazz Festival in April and the Bulawayo Music Festival in May. 

Flights to Harare and hotel accommodation are cheaper during the months of November and March. The weather is warmer around this time, although you'll experience a great deal of rainfall with fewer activities occurring. This destination is the perfect choice for a quiet getaway, particularly during the Christmas holidays. 

Getting around Harare

There are very few buses available, for tourists or locals that travel to the city. Therefore, most people rely on taxis. Private cabs are easy to find outside major hotels. Taxi ranks are stationed around, mainly at First Street, Nelson Mandela Avenue, Union Avenue and Samora Machel Avenue.

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Useful information about Harare

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Avg temperature for this monthHarare28.7 °CSource: World Weather Online
Avg monthly rainfall inHarare32.2 mmSource: World Weather Online
Average flying time toHarare11 hrs 25 mins
Rate of exchange inHarare€1.00 = £0.79Source: Oanda
Airlines flying toHarareAir France, Swiss and Ethiopian Airlines
Deals on flights toHarare981
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Cheapest flights offer toHarare£529
Average flight offer toHarare£775

 How much do things cost in Harare?

  • Taxi - fixed fee: £3.10
  • Bottle of wine: £5.57
  • Imported beer (0.33 litre): £1.15
  • Petrol (1 litre): £0.94
  • One-way ticket (local transport): £0.62
  • Small bottle of water (0.33 litre): £0.38
  • Pack of Marlboro cigarettes: £1.24
  • Cappuccino: £1.55
  • Pair of Nike trainers: £68.87
  • Local draught beer (0.5 litre): £0.71
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