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Harare, Zimbabwe’s vibrant capital city

Good hotel options include Meikles Hotel


8 holiday reviews from our travellers of holidays which include Harare.

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Mrs M

"Trip for the first time in 2 years"

I visited Zimbabwe between 28 Apr 2022 and 8 May 2022
"I was really happy that finally I traveled to Mana Pools. I had to postpone this trip for 2 years and had to change my itinerary many times.

Covid-19 pandemic is going to be over soon and we are starting to get back our normal.

Thank you Claire, for being patient and supportive. I will plan my trip to African countries with Expert Africa again." Read full review: 10 nights in Africa; 7 on a Zimbabwe safari
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Queens, NY, USA

"Zimbabwe 2021"

I visited Zimbabwe between 5 Aug 2021 and 23 Aug 2021
"Despite the challenges of postponing from August of 2020, traveling during a pandemic, and having to deal with last minute camp closures, I can't imagine having a better experience." Read full review: 18 nights in Africa; 18 on a Zimbabwe safari
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"Once in a life time experience!"

I visited Zimbabwe and 1 other country between 21 Jul 2021 and 5 Aug 2021
"My biggest fear of going on safari was not acquiring COVID but having testing for one or all of our 5 party members significantly impacting the trip.

I put my faith in Expert Africa, and everything went seamlessly. From pick up and testing at JNB airport for our initial tests for Zimbabwe to all the planes and vehicles along the way, there were conscientious staff on time waiting to assist us.

While it was a leap of faith, we were rewarded with camps with few other travelers giving us undivided attention and spectacular game viewing.

Here a few things I felt were important in making my trip such a success so that you might consider duplicating them for future clients.

First, I feel the order of the camps is crucial. Somalisa Acacia in Hwange national park was a good place to start. The camp itself is luxurious and beautiful, and the game viewing is very good. If guests can request a guide, I highly recommend Calvit. He made the experience. This camp, however, is about 10° colder than the others. I think going from cold to warm is much easier to adapt to than the other way around.

Steve Edward’s camp at Lake Kariba is significantly different than the other two camps. It is largely water-based which offers a different experience from typical game drives. I think it was a nice way to break up the land based parks. While I felt the game viewing wasn’t as good as the other two locations, the ability to go to the fishing village and see how a large portion of Zimbabwe lives was the most interesting thing I experienced on the trip. An opportunity not to be missed by any of your clients. Also fishing was tremendously fun for my boys.

Finally, I cannot praise the final camp at Mana Pools enough. Its location along the Zambezi river with an expansive view and extraordinary game was by far the highlight of the trip. No camp will surpass it and by having it last, the vacation ends with a crescendo. Also, we found Mash to be an excellent guide again to be recommended if possible.

The Armadale Lodge was very pleasant with large private grounds if a day in Harare is required. My wish is that others may have our experience.

Once in a life time experience!" Read full review: 15 nights in Africa; 10 on a Zimbabwe safari
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Mr A
Washington DC

"July/August 2021: Zimbabwe and Tanzania"

I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 19 Jul 2021 and 12 Aug 2021
"Our fourth trip to Africa with Expert Africa was another memorable adventure.

Expert Africa has always done an excellent job putting together workable itineraries that meet our (sometimes particular) travel goals. For this trip they had to deal with the vicissitudes of COVID testing requirements as well. The result was a wonderful sequence of adventures across beautiful Zimbabwe and Tanzania and was everything we hoped it would be.

Many thanks to our friends at Expert Africa.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

No suggestions" Read full review: 24 nights in Africa; 12 on a Tanzania safari
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Mr & Mrs V.

"My Oct 2018 trip"

I visited Zimbabwe between 19 Oct 2018 and 28 Oct 2018
"We travelled with EA before and had high expectations. These were all met, no shortcomings. They selected the right places for us and arranged the required transportation adequately. Preperation for the trip was very pleasant with always a travel agent available for questions or a sudden change of plans. Professionals at every level and very pleasant in communication. We've already started preperations for our next trip with EA." Read full review: 9 nights in Africa; 7 on a Zimbabwe safari
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Cape Town

"Zimbabwe: still beautiful and welcoming"

I visited Zimbabwe between 25 Aug 2018 and 14 Sep 2018
"It was a most rewarding experience. I lived in the country many years ago and was gratified to see that no matter what difficulties they face, the people are as welcoming and open and friendly as I remember. There are definitely challenges ahead, but I hope that there will be a gradual improvement in the economy. To this end, I would encourage tourists to visit the whole of Zimbabwe, and not just the outer northwest corner. The Eastern Highlands are indescribably beautiful, as are the Matobo Hills, Great Zimbabwe and the Zambezi Valley.

I suppose the unexpected thing about our trip was that apart from a delightful train journey which gave us double the travel time we had paid for, things actually do work. There were unavoidable delays from time to time, but there were no glitches in the arrangements made for local transfers or accommodation.

All in all it was a wonderful three weeks, and my thanks to EA for their excellent service.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

No improvements possible on the service we received from both Freddie and Claire.
We were picky and difficult and not altogether consistent, and they managed us brilliantly, thanks so much." Read full review: 20 nights in Africa; 16 on a Zimbabwe safari
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Mr M

"My May/June trip"

I visited Zimbabwe and 1 other country between 31 May 2018 and 26 Jun 2018
"Although the rains meant that we did not see as much game as we usually do, we greatly enjoyed the smaller animal behaviour and the birds.

We loved the trip and thank Expert Africa for their suggestions, their planning and their professionalism.

We will most definitely use them for our next trip.

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We were thrilled with the trip. I've tried to not rate all the accommodation and camps as excellent, but everything really WAS excellent.

Thanks Expert Africa!" Read full review: 26 nights in Africa; 8 on a Zimbabwe safari
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EH family
SW London


I visited Zimbabwe between 8 Apr 2012 and 19 Apr 2012
"Zimbabwe, despite its problems remains a very beautiful country to visit.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Not really. Claire was extremely helpful and patient" Read full review: 11 nights in Africa; 5 on a Zimbabwe safari
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Where to stay in Harare

Our suggestions for places to stay in Harare

Armadale Lodge

Armadale Lodge

In a leafy suburb of Harare, yet convenient for the airport, Armadale Lodge is a smart but relaxed base for a night or two.

98% (8 reviews)
Meikles Hotel

Meikles Hotel

Perhaps the best large hotel in Harare, the Meikles is located in the centre of the city, overlooking Africa Unity Square Park.

80% (1 review)

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