As Zimbabwe’s capital city, Harare has accommodation for a variety of needs. There are luxurious hotels, rustic “city safari” lodges, boutique guest houses, homely B&Bs, and a small number of no-frills backpacking hostels. I still think of Harare as my home city, so I want you to have the best possible stay. Here’s my list of the best […]
I have something exciting to share with you all, especially if you live in the UK. In partnership with a Zimbabwean craft company, I’ve launched a line of homeware products, available online in the UK (and further afield soon). The products are all handmade from 100% recycled aluminium in Zimbabwe, and the results are stunning. From […]
In my office, when someone returns from holiday in, say, America, they bring back a great big bag of Hershey’s chocolate to share with everyone. If they travel to Australia, they know not to return without Tim-Tams. There are certain brands that go hand-in-hand with their countries of origin, like Guinness and Ireland. There are a […]
Bulawayo is a laid-back place, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. Its main attraction – the Matobo National Park – is a short drive away, and closer to the city centre, the Natural History Museum is something special.
The Boma – Place of Eating has fast become one of the most popular eating venues in Victoria Falls. It is undeniably touristy and can feel a little OTT at times, but the enthralling drumming session after each meal makes up for the crowds. This year’s visit to the Boma was during peak season so […]
Although you need to book ahead for a number of activities in Victoria Falls, there are still plenty of things to do if you’re feeling spontaneous. Seeing the Victoria Falls themselves is one such example – all you need to do is show up and pay at the gate. Here are some of the places we […]
Our base in Victoria Falls was the splendid Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. I had visited the lodge in the past for sundowners and to see the vulture feeding, but never as a bona fide hotel guest. Well, this time I got my chance – and the real thing definitely lived up to my expectations. Our […]
After a rather hot and tiring drive, arriving at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge felt like driving into an oasis. A gatekeeper in a feathered headdress welcomed us with a smile and a dance. Warthogs grazed from green grass under shady trees. As we walked into the huge thatched entranceway of the lodge, we were greeted […]
The Harare itineraries and tours below are a starting point for visitors to get to know the city. I’ve grouped some of my favourite places and I’ve suggested itineraries to cover over a number of days. The places in the itineraries are tagged on Google Maps (see the specific links below) so you can print […]
Experience the historic bridge the way its creators envisaged: in a steam train.
The Boma is a must-do for any visitor to Victoria Falls. Food is cooked on-the-spot: warthog, kudu and impala included.
(Last updated September 2016) Harare may have power outages from time to time (a problem that businesses have overcome by using generators) – but it’s certainly not short of restaurants. Steak is a prominent feature of most Zimbabwean menus, and understandably so: the beef here tastes sublime. Don’t forget about the veggie and freshwater fish options, as […]
Two new eateries have recently opened their doors to the public – one in Harare and one in Bulawayo. Sorella’s is a café and take-away pizzeria in Fisher Avenue, Rolf Valley, Harare. Pies and light dishes are available, as well as pizzas and freshly baked sweet treats. ‘Sorella’, means ‘sister’ in Italian, and the café […]
Harare is where I was brought up – it feels like home. When we arrived back in the capital, it was great to re-visit familiar places and explore new ones – and by ‘places’, I mainly mean eateries! First stop was The Plot which is true to its name – a cafe situated at the […]