The city of Harare is the vibrant, bustling capital of Zimbabwe. While this metropolis features an array of exciting activities and attractions, there is much to be said for a a quick, and yet spectacular day trip.
This, introductory, edition of Harare Day Trips, features three wildlife attractions nearby. Thetford Game Reserve
Situated only 30 km from Harare, the Thetford Game Reserve covers over 3000 hectares of stunning, diverse Zimbabwean countryside. With incredible views over Lake Mazowe, and home to almost 900 animals, this Zimbabwe game reserve offers a unique experience in the backyard of the country’s Capital city.
A privatedly-funded conservation resource, Thetford creates a well-maintained, safe environment in which these animals can breed. An afternoon, or full-day game drive, under the care of a professional guide, will bring you within range of animals such as Tsessebe, Buffalo, Zebra, Giraffe, Blesbok, and the regal Sable. Mentionable highlights are the ability to view the endangered White Rhino, and incredibly rare Roan Antelope found in the reserve.
Half Day Game Drive – $55.00 per person
Full Day Game Drive – $85.00 per person (includes lunch, drinks, snacks & sundowners) – Min 6 people.
Only 32km from Harare, lies Lake Chivero – one of the most popular weekend spots for Zimbabwe locals. 26km² in size, and 8km at its widest point, the lake was constructed as far back as the 1950’s. Upon the lush shoreline of this grand lake is the Lake Mcllwaine Recreational Park, an area rich in a variety of game, and gorgeous to behold. Easily sighted game includes wildebeest, white rhino, kudu, giraffe, eland and zebra, as well as smaller creatures such as rock hyrax, monkey and warthog. Lake Chivero boasts an array of activities, the most popular of which is a day out on the water – fishing. With species such as Hunyani salmon, Black bream, Green headed bream, Barbel, and even Tiger Fish, Lake Chivero provided the site for a rewarding bout of angling. Other, more active pursuits include yachting, canoeing, rowing and general boating on the Lake itself. On land, horse riding is available on particular days, while guided game walks and game drives around the park are available year-round. If you’re interested in extending your stay into the night, take your pick from a range of suitable accommodation options, including self-catering lodges, campsites, basic chalets and three exclusive luxury two-bedroomed lodges: Hornbill, Fish Eagle and Kingfisher.
Wild is Life
A once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experience, which aids in supporting a diverse host of orphaned, injured and rescued animals – Wild Is Life is both an remarkable and rewarding Harare day trip. Founded in 1998, this wildlife sanctuary have grown little-by-little into the impressive entity they are today. “Wild is Life” consists of two complimentary branches: The Wild is Life Trust, and the Wild is Life Grand Experience, the profits from which contribute towards the continued care, development and welfare of the Trust.
The Wild is Life Grand Experience includes an exclusive tour of the animal sanctuary, led by an experienced guide. Guests are invited to interact with some of the spectacular wildlife at the sanctuary, such as Sweetpea the kudu, Richie the vervet monkey, Mirrabelle the giraffe, and Moyo the baby elephant.Included in the entry price is the enriching Afternoon Tea Encounter, complete with freshly made baked goods and delicious teas, which provides a welcome break from the tour, and the exhilaration of the lion feed. The day is wonderfully wrapped-up with Champagne and Canapes at sunset, overlooking the grazing plains game.
With a philosophy of “One by One” which promotes respecting each and every animal in their care as an individual, Wild is Life is a cause to be supported, and a worthy day-out to embark upon.
Standard Price – $95 per person & $80 – Teens 12 to 16 years
No Children under 12 unless under special arrangement
Times: 3.30 pm to 6.00 pm
(Closed on Sundays and Mondays) unless by special request
Given such an exciting array of day trip options, escape the city and your Harare accommodation of choice for a few hours, and let the adventure begin!
Wild is Life