Fridays are made for escaping the city; whether you crave wide-open spaces, climbing mountains or cocktails and culture, there’s a weekend getaway to suit.
Harare offers a vibrant city life, but sometimes you need a break from the hustle and bustle. Luckily, there are numerous weekend getaways within easy reach of the capital, offering diverse experiences for every taste. Here are 10 fantastic options to escape the city and embrace adventure:
1. SkyDeck Mountain Retreat
Escape to SkyDeck Mountain Retreat and immerse yourself in the wonders of the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. With its unparalleled luxury, personalized service, and exceptional amenities, SkyDeck promises an unforgettable retreat that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and inspired. SkyDeck’s exclusive mountain villa accommodates up to four guests, ensuring an intimate and undisturbed retreat. Two beautifully appointed en-suite rooms with king-sized beds offer breathtaking 180-degree panoramic views of Zimbabwe’s highest mountain, Mt Nyangani, and the vast wilderness of the Nyanga National Park.
2. Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation
Come and experience the magic that is Imire. Only 90 minutes from Harare, our safari lodge allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy world-class food and hospitality. Or check in for a longer stay as a wildlife conservation volunteer and work shoulder to shoulder with conservation experts. As a rhino volunteer, you will gain hands-on knowledge and experience iconic African wildlife including rhinos, elephants and cheetah.
3. Bushman Rock Safaris and Winery
Experience the thrill of game drives through a private reserve, marvel at ancient rock paintings, and indulge in wine tastings at this unique getaway. Explore the cultural heritage of the region and enjoy delicious meals featuring locally sourced ingredients.
4. Kuimba Shiri Bird Park
Beyond its avian treasures, Kuimba Shiri Bird Park offers a tranquil retreat for nature enthusiasts. Immerse yourself in the park’s serene atmosphere, where the soothing sounds of birdsong blend seamlessly with the gentle rustling of leaves. Stroll along the meandering pathways, savouring the tranquillity of the surroundings and allowing the beauty of nature to wash over you.
5. Pamuzinda Lodge and Chengeta Lodge
Escape to the luxurious Pamuzinda Lodge or the rustic Chengeta Lodge, both nestled within the stunning Mazowe Valley. Enjoy game drives, horseback riding, spa treatments, and gourmet dining amidst breathtaking natural scenery.
6. Wild Is Life
Wild Is Life offer exclusive afternoon tours which are educational and aim to inspire a connection with the wild and natural world. The tours are undertaken with integrity and authenticity and are appreciated by the valued visitors.
7. Stephen Margolis Resort
Escape to a haven of serenity and adventure at Stephen Margolis Resort, a hidden gem nestled in the rolling hills of Harare, Zimbabwe. More than just a resort, Stephen Margolis Resort is an experience. It’s a chance to reconnect with nature, indulge in luxury, and discover the soul of Zimbabwe. Book your escape today and let the adventure begin.
8. Haka Game Park
Escape the urban clamour and immerse yourself in the wonders of the African savanna at Haka Game Park, a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Just a short drive from Harare, Zimbabwe, this privately run wildlife reserve offers a captivating blend of diverse ecosystems, thriving wildlife, and thrilling activities.
9. Mbizi Game Park and Lodges
Unwind in the blissful harmony of the African bush, just 22 kilometres from Harare’s city centre. Mbizi Game Lodge beckons with 1,000 acres of private tranquillity, where mystery unfolds amongst enchanting landscapes and self-contained cottages await your utmost comfort. From the charm of our renovated old farmhouse, steeped in authentic African hospitality, to a variety of accommodations tailored to every need, Mbizi promises an unforgettable escape into the heart of Zimbabwe’s wilderness.
10. Mutorashanga Green Pool
Discover the mesmerizing Mutorashanga Green Pool, a hidden gem nestled near the mining town of Mutorashanga in Zimbabwe. This natural wonder is more than just a swimming hole; it’s an experience that will leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and connected to the beauty of nature.
Hippo Pools Wilderness Camp
Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of Hippo Pools Wilderness Camp, situated on the banks of the Mazowe River. Enjoy guided walks, horseback riding, mountain biking, and fishing, all while surrounded by the beauty of the African bush.
No matter your interests, there’s a perfect weekend getaway waiting for you near Harare. Pack your bags, choose your adventure, and escape the city for a weekend of unforgettable memories.