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About Harare

Harare is the capital city of Zimbabwe. Harare backpacking tours offer a range of sights and attractions for travelers.

Airports

Harare airports include:
•Harare International Airport

Birdlife

Harare birdlife is rich and diverse, with a large number of endemic and near-endemic species to be found, as well as migratory species from Southern Africa. Key birding areas include the beautiful Ewanrigg Botanical Gardens, just outside Harare, which has beautiful landscaped gardens plus unspoiled bush, as well as the Larvon Bird Gardens.

Conservation

With a large number of economic and political issues across the country, Harare conservation is essential to protect the species found within the city and surrounds during the country's current instability. Despite very little funding, a number of projects such as the Lion and Cheetah Park and Mukuvisi Woodlands are managing to continue their work, creating a safe haven for a number of species.

Malaria

Harare malaria information is as follows:
•Harare is the only malaria-free zone in Zimbabwe
•You will not need to take malaria medication unless you have entered Harare from a malaria zone in Zimbabwe or another country
•Speak to your doctor if you are traveling between non-malaria and malaria countries
•Do not ever take malaria medication if it is not required, as side effects can be serious

Plants

Harare plant life is surprisingly abundant, and the city is famous for its vibrant jacaranda. There are a number of nature areas including Mukuvisi Woodlands, which has a huge array of beautiful orchids, Ewenrigg Botanical Gardens which has terraces of aloes and many other spectacular plant displays, the beautifully laid out Harare Gardens and Lake Chivero.

Safety Tips


•Harare is generally fairly safe, however like any city crime does happen
•Pickpocketing, muggings and smash and grabs are the most common crime
•Keep valuables safe and out of sight, and keep car windows closed when driving
•Avoid large crowds and street demonstrations which may turn violent
•Be cautious at game reserves and do not attempt to touch or feed wildlife

Travel Books

Harare recommended travel books include the following:
•Birds of the Botanic Garden, Harare, Zimbabwe by A. J Beasley
•Mugabe: Power, Plunder, and the Struggle for Zimbabwe's Future by Martin Meredith
•Zimbabwe In Pictures by Francesca Di Piazza
•Lonely Planet Zimbabwe by Tione Chinula and Vincent Talbot
•The Rough Guide to Zimbabwe by Barbara McCrea and Tony Pinchuck

Wildlife

Harare wildlife is fairly abundant for a capital city, and there are a number of game parks and centers within the city and surrounds, including the Lion and Cheetah Park, Snake Park, Mukuvisi Woodlands and Lake Chivero. Wildlife species to be seen include Bush Pig, Bushbuck, Black Backed Jackals, Lion, Cheetah, Crocodiles, Duiker, Eland, Giraffe and Impala, as well as Ostrich Tortoise and Zebra Terrapin.

 

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