DAILY TRAVEL INSPIRATION: Harare

Despite recent political turmoil, Zimbabwe is a safe country for tourists to visit. There’s amazing wildlife, spectacular scenery and welcoming and friendly people without the issues of mass tourism faced by some of its neighbours.

Most visitors arrive in the capital Harare. One of the most attractive African cities, Harare has wide tree-lined avenues and a relaxed feel. Under the dictatorship of Robert Mugabe many countries broke ties with Zimbabwe, but visit the National Heroes’ Acre to see a monument constructed with the help of North Korea. There are huge socialist style monuments created by Korean sculptors to the resistance movement that helped win independence for Zimbabwe.

For a taste of life away from the city, check out the animal sanctuaries on the outskirts of town. You can meet elephants, giraffes, zebras and lions, and even help with some of the feeding and care routines. Alternatively, head to the Botanical Gardens to get a whistlestop tour of Zimbabwe’s eco-system. With nearly 70 hectares of planting to explore, pack a picnic or hire a bike to make a day of it.

Read more on Harare below with flight options, current weather, maps, and activities to try while you are there.

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