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Accommodation required

Blackburn, United...
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Accommodation required

Hi guys

Need help and ideas...........

There are between 6-8 travelling to Harare for one week in October.

I need ideas for accommodation and also things to do!

Pls help

Dan

Baltimore, Maryland
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Hi Dan,

l would certainly be able to give you some ideas. i would recommend staying in Harare for a few days and can give you ideas of where. Depending on time frame l would say visit the Eastern Highlands Nyanga, Mutare and then head to Masvingo or if oyu have a bit more time then Victoria Falls would be great.

If you need more information please send me an pm.

Cheers

Blackburn, United...
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2. Re: Accommodation required

Thanks for the reply. What Is there to see in these different places you mention? Also ideas on best mode of transport as I've read about horror stories with the bus and hiring cars!

Dan

Baltimore, Maryland
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In the eastern highlands you can visit the Mtarazi Falls a beautiful waterfall, there are also some stone ruins to see where the tribes lived as well as great Zimbabwe in Masvingo, there are national parks and a wonderful landscape of mountains if you wish to do some hiking. If you want to hire a car and drive that is an option of getting round but not to drive at night and to always be cautious of your surroundings with animals grazing on the side of the road and other drivers trying to be like Michael Schumacher. There is so much to see and can definitely help you with that

Maine or Africa
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Do you have a need to stay in Harare for a few days or are you wanting to enjoy a safari experience during your stay. If the a latter an mini bus with driver/guide can be arranged easily as well as an itinerary that will allow you to experience some of Zimbabwes wildlife and wonderful lodges. Victoria Falls can be done from Harare but will entail several hours, (approx. 8) each way for travel.

There are several locations you can visit and have a few days to relax and enjoy game drives as well as cultural sites.

PM me if you would like details.

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Moscow
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You will need to hire a car/ minibus to get around all those places. Taking buses will take you forever to get to everything.

Gaborone
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HARARE HAPPENINGS - FIRST PART

1. INTRO

At Simba Harare, we are often asked what to see or do in HARARE. Going through website malinformation (places that had been closed long ago, placed on wrong place at the map etc) decided to present the following. It is a work in progress. Ideally all information here should be verified by our own or guests experience. If anything should be updated, do it.

2. WHAT

2.1 MUSIC

During your stay in HARARE, check out the vibrant music scene for SHONA MUSIC. Shona amateurs/professional giving live performances at the Book Cafe Cnr Samora Machel Six th Av (they moved from Fifth Av.). The owners have taken over the former Portuguese restaurant giant oven, and delicious pizzas are still made there. You can experience really creative performances at the book café, but at “bad nights” also run into the opposite.

JAZZ 105, at cnr Second St & Robson Manyika Ave City Centre (Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/zimbabwe/harare/entertainment-nightlife/blues-jazz/jazz-105#ixzz2Wfts443J) , offer more professional groups than performing at the Book Cafe. A formal asmosphere together with seating guests in not so confortable plastic chairs, somehow do not create the same relaxed asmosphere among the public as in the Book Cafe. To get change back from payment of your drinks – forget it!

Really good and diverse shona music performance is available at Alliance Francaise ( http://www.afzim.org/harare). A large colonial house with garden along the end of 328 Herbert Chitepo Avenue provide the pleasant venue. No special french dishes are there anymore after the french restaurant “Alo alo” moved to Arundel Shopping Centre.

Check out other music events on www.zimbojam.com and on www.shaevents.co.zw

2.2 RESTAURANTS

We recommend

(I) The restaurants at East Road. Go to the end of Lomagundi, turn right along 2nd st extension, pass the service tank and turn right untiil East Rd

- Fishmonger 50 East RD Avondale 04308164 Great fish, fish of the day

- Mojo 10 East RD 04 705993 Brazilian style steak house

- Da Eros Trattoria 86 East RD 04 332044 Nice pizza, fantastic prawns

(ii) Alo Alo 10 Forest Row 04 369198 Nice delicious french dishes

(iii) Coimbra 61 Selous Av 04 700237 Nice portuguese restaurant. Used to be at Samora Machel.

(iv) Peppers 147 The Chase 0772 276 319 Strong nice food

(v) AMANZI. Amanzi 158, Enterprise Rd. Tel 04 497768 Great place for a formal outing to eat better fusion food and great cocktails

(VI) The Hotel Restaurants (Meikles, La Fontaine (04) 251705, Bronte Hotel, Emmanuel (04) 707522/7) Grand and formal hotel eating.

(VII) L’o de Vie, Newlands 252269/252275 High class food, wine, prices and setting.

2.3 COFFEE AND LUNCH

55 Harare Drive Marlborough. Open daily until 17.00, WE to 15.00

Telefons 0772 908 145, 0772 310 598, 0772 433 005

3. EVENTS AND OUTINGS

3.1 SHONA SCULPTURES

Work in stone - Shona Sculpture- are evident at all the small markets in Harare (eg Avondale or Enterprise Rd to the Centre). Most appear to be genuine junk. A group of famous first Generation Sculptors like Mukomberanwa and Munyaradzi to leading names like Dominic Benhura, Boet Nyariri and Wellington Karuru created fame in overseas markets. At the web works can be seen at eg http://www.utonga.com/artists.html or http://www.shonasculptures.com/gallery.aspx. …msu.edu/teachers/…activity4.php

We were advised by guests, to make a one day expedition to see the produce of a village, making sculptors at Tengegenenge – Out Mazoe Rd., left at the Dam. Works by the second generation, value for money. zimbabwestonesculpture.com/madamombe--collee…

Gaborone
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SECOND PART - HARARE HAPPENINGS

3.2 Mukuvisi Woodlands

The nearest thing to a zoo in Harare is the Mukuvisi Woodlands, also given the trendy title of 'environmental centre'. Two-thirds of this 265-hectare woodland reserve, 7km east of the city centre, is natural msasa parkland, ideal for picnics, walking and bird-watching. The remaining area is a wildlife park where antelopes, zebras, giraffes and warthogs roam free.

Mukuvisi is at its best when there are special events on such as lectures or family days, which are advertised via banners around town

3.3 The National Gallery

The National Gallery of Zimbabwe is in the southeast corner of Harare Gardens. It has a mix of contemporary Zimbabwean and African art including paintings (you can usually purchase paintings), stone sculptures, masks and carvings. The attached shop is excellent for sculptures, crafts and books on art.

3.4 Shopping

WESTGATE SHOPPING CENTRE contain the normal variety of foodstores and shops, but no worth while restaurants. The Centre contain a state of the art CINEMA operated by STERKINEKOR.

AVONDALE SHOPPING MALL contain also an area where curio is sold.

BORROWDALE SHOPPING MALL contain further good restaurants and a night club.

CHINESE SHOPPING MALL called the frog hotel in HARARE since environmental concerns for the frogs in the wetland were ignored.

Avondale shopping centre boasts a cinema, restaurants, coffee shops and supermarket behind the shopping centre itself is an open-air car park that has been used as a flea market for a number of years. The ground floor stalls sell African curios like drums, mbiras, wall hangings and carvings. On the first floor you’ll find a mixture of handmade tourist goods as well as clothes, jewellery, second-hand books and toys.

If you like flea markets, the one behind Borrowdale Village shopping centre is open on Sundays, and the much larger and more traditional Mbare Msika is open every day.

3.5 SAN PAINTINGS AND CULTURAL DANCE, MUREWA

In HARARE, guests have visited the very special balancing rocks and SAN paintings, can be seen out at at CHIREMBA RD. Nicely described in academicjournals.org/sre/…Maroyi.pdf.

Go to Domboshawa, a huge rock-mountain on the outskirts of town. Follow the arrows to the rock paintings, and then continue walking to the top for a great view. Remember to take bottled water. If you don’t know the area well, keep track of the sun and get back to your car before it sinks too low.

Worth noticing the need for further registration of the SAN paintings there, in order to preserve them for future generations.

Others have entertained an expedition to Macheka Cave, near Murehwa, Zimbabwe 75 kilometers northeast from the capital, wonderful caves with san paintings and views over waves of granite monoliths.

A possible frame of interpretation may be given from the paintings at Matobo Hills is given in Wall Street Journal …wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870428120457…

Also see, guardian.co.uk/travel/audioslideshow/2012/no…

Murewa Culture Centre plays home to the documentation of the Jerusarema Mbende Dance and the annual Jerusarema Mbende Festival. Different inventories and records of this dance ae kept at the Centre. According to the website, Mbende Jerusarema Dance was proclaimed a masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage. It is performed by the community of Merewa and Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe in the North Eastern Districts of Zimbabwe. The ancient fertility dance was called Dembe/Mbende. The area is home to the divination dance Dandando, only to be seen for professionally interested per arrangement. Simba hosted a guest for two months on a DANIDA grant, investigating Dandando, which combine special mbira music, a special dance or ritual and visiting spirits in an all night session.

3.6 LAKE CHIVERO

A day under the trees, overlooking Lake Chivero, tasty buffet lunch. Free flying bird display daily. The perfect day out for the whole family and ideal for school day trips

3.7 ANIMAL SANCTUARIES AND GAME PARKS

In Harare, you can visit an animal sanctuary at wildislife.com/www.wildislife.org/CONTACT_US… which is located just 3 minutes from the airport. Another good option Vaughan with directions below

ballyvaughan.co.zw/contact&directions.html

Imire Game Park

Come and join us for a day filled with friends,family ,food and fun,all under an African winters sun Activities on offer include game drives, off road trail cycling. Imire got its own website, which you can check out. The place is little known, but do contain the same as at big tourist attractions as Hwange. Why go so far, when you can get it close by? However a real field visit requires one nights sleep at the chalets, which must be booked in advance at their website.

Location: From Harare close to Marondera

3.8 DOON ESTATE

Doon Estate

Kudhinda fabric at Doon Estate

Monkeys, hand-made pottery and Belgian chocolates … these are the hallmarks of Doon Estate. A mottley collection of converted railway workers’ houses have been converted into shops selling high-quality wares from local craftspeople. Highlights of the estate are: Kudhinda - which sells high quality fabric goods in signature colours and patterns; Ros Byrne – handpainted pottery teapots, plates and the likes; and the Cocoa Tree – a coffee and cake shop which specialises in chocolates made in fine Belgian style. As the Doon Estate is outside the city centre, monkeys are common visitors, and they have a penchant for the sugar cubes from the coffee tables!

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Hi

We don't want to stay in harare for the duration.

We are hoping to stay for the first 3 nights in harare and last two in harare giving 3 nights to travel to vic falls. Who are the best companies to hire a bus and driver with?

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