The Top 10 Things To Do And See In Harare

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Harare is the bustling Zimbabwean capital which surprises many visitors with its beautiful resort areas and alluring tourist gems. A haven for wondrous wildlife, the city is encompassed by sprawling African plains and spectacular scenery home to giraffes, lions, wildebeests and more. And with some great museums and majestic gardens too, travellers can easily lose themselves for days in this busy, dynamic and charming place; here’s 10 of the best things to do and see in Harare, Zimbabwe.

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1. Lion & Cheetah Park & Snake World


Big game and reptiles

The Lion & Cheetah Park is a favorite for locals and tourists alike, and is an extremely appealing place for young kids. Situated only 30 minutes outside of Harare, the Lion & Cheetah Park houses big game, lions and deadly snakes, and is also the home for zebras, impalas and wildebeests. If you crave extra adventure take a turn through the Drive-Through Lion Enclosure, with windows up of course, and experience these majestic mammals up close.

Watch out for: lions and cheetahs

2. Chapungu Sculpture Park


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Zimbabwe’s famous stone scultures

Located in Harare’s Msasa Park suburb, the Chapungu Sculpture Park was created in 1970 as a venue to showcase local stone sculpture and art. The project, started by architect Roy Guthrie, has flourished to become perhaps the most prominent exhibition of Zimbabwean stone sculpture in existence. Chapungu works with some of the most important stone sculptors in Africa, and showcases work in Zimbabwe, the U.S. and many other countries.
Watch out for: charming stone souvenirs are available for purchase here

3. Zimbabwe Museum of Human Sciences


Museum of Zimbabwean history

For the rich and colorful story of the history and culture of Zimbabwe, take a trip to the Zimbabwe Museum of Human Sciences. The site is renowned for housing some extremely old artifacts, relics which tell historians much about ancient African life in the region. The artifacts include stone sculptures, various works of wood and ancient kitchen utensils. The famous Ngoma Lungundu is also housed here, a stone instrument known as the ‘drum of the dead’ famous for the role it played in the oral traditions of the area.
Watch out for: Your visit here will give you plenty of history and intellectual food for thought.

4. Lake Chivero Recreational Park


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Animal viewing and bird-watching

Encompassed by one of Harare’s chief lakes, the spectacular Lake Chivero Recreational Park is a great venue for wildlife watching, and is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic whilst being surrounded by nature. The park is a reserve area for wildlife who live around the lake, and it spans a gigantic 6000 hectares in total. Openend in 1962, the site plays host to an array of wonderful creatures including white rhino, wildebeests, sables, warthogs and many bird varieties.
Watch out for: As well as game walks, visitors can go on a fishing trip, try their hand at boating or give horse riding a go!

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