Not many people know that Zimbabwe can make the perfect tourist location for families and the capital city of Zimbabwe is the best pick with several fun things to do in Harare with kids. Harare is one of the most beautiful and culturally rich cities in the country.
The city does not get much recognition because of a variety of factors,but you will find a perfect blend of art, architecture,and modernism.
The city and the areas around have the widest variety of wildlife which is native to Africa. If you are thinking whether this is the place you should be visiting with your children?
We can assure you that the area has a lot to offer for the kids.
No matter how old or young your child is, they will have an amazing experience exploring Harare.
Here is a list of top 10 fun things to do in Harare with kids.
1. Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary
Since you are In Zimbabwe and it is famous for its wildlife, what is better than visiting the Animal Sanctuary with your children? Kids are usually interested in exotic and rare animals.
At the Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary, you will find it all. The sanctuary is a safe home for all the needy animals that have either been rescued or adopted. You and your kids can have an up close and personal experience with the Lions, monkeys and much more while touring the sanctuary.
You can hire a guide who will take you through all the known and unknown paths in the sanctuary and help you get to know some of the animals. If you are lucky, you can also get an opportunity to see the Lions being fed.
You just need to keep in mind that you need to book the tickets in advance to enter the sanctuary.
2. Mukuvisi Woodlands
As we said, you will find lots and lots of wildlife in Harare. Mukuvisi Woodlands is another place where you can go and spend a day amongst the wildlife.
This is the perfect picnic spot for the families where the kids of all ages can have fun in the park. You can also spot the rhino, elephants,and giraffe in the woodlands that are their natural habitats.
The authorities also provide you with horseback rides to explore the woodlands and spot more animals and birds that you would do walking.
The game park is specially designed and kept safe for the families who want to have a good time. There is a coffee shop that offers snacks and meals on the site where you and your children can have the meal of your day.
3. Museum of Human Science
Formally known as the Queen Victoria Museum, the Museum of Human Science is one of the most knowledgeable experiences that your children can have.
If your children are interested in the human science and how the humans evolved to be what they are today, this is the place to take them. They will love it. However, the child should be over six years of age to understand everything in the museum properly.
The main attraction of the museum is the seven-hundred-year-old Lemba artifact that is called Ngomalungundu. It is considered as the oldest wooden object to have been found in the Sub-Sharan desert ever.
There is also a library, an exhibition gallery and an archaeological collection of objects that are worth visit in the museum.
4. Wild Is Life Grand
Wild is Life is a private wildlife sanctuary that will give you and your kids an up close and personal experience with the animals of Africa. The sanctuary is also an orphanage where the animals from the wild are brought and nursed back to health by the professionals.
You can see the animals roaming around freely without any enclosures. The sanctuary is the home to the Zimbabwe Elephant Nursery where the elephants from all over the continent that has been injured or rescued are kept and nursed.
Your children will love to play with the baby elephants in the sanctuary. The tour starts at 3.30pm in the evening and lasts for 3 hours. You are also given home-cooked meals and tea during and after the tour.
5. National Botanical Gardens
If you want to just take a stroll and chill in Harare after all your wildlife outings and adventures, the Botanical Gardens are the best place to be.
The garden is spread over 68 hectares of land and is home to more than 900 species of wild shrubs and trees. Most of the species in the botanical gardens are the native to Zimbabwe, and 10% of them have been imported from the different parts of the world.
If your kids are old enough to ride a bicycle, then renting a bike to go around the park is the best idea. The botanical gardens are a great place for family outings and picnics where your children will enjoy playing in the quiet and calm of nature.
If you get hungry, there is a perfectly nice restaurant just beside the gardens for lunch and snacks. You can even carry your food.
6. Chapungu Sculpture Park
Do you want to explore some of the best sculptures in the world? The Chapungu Sculpture Park is the best place to be. This park has sculptures by some of the most famous artists from Zimbabwe and from all around the world.
Here you will find new sculptures every time you visit. The park is spread across avast area,and your children will love getting their pictures clicked next to interesting sculptures.
They might even get inspired to create some sculptures themselves.
7. Lake Chivero Recreational Park
Want to take your kids out to a recreational park and have fun riding some of the most amazing rides; the Lake Chivero Recreational Park in Harare is the best option.
The recreational park has been built around the lake Chivero and is the best place to indulge in numerous activities such as hiking, fishing, and horse riding.
Your children will also enjoy boating in the lake. On your visit to the recreational park, you can spot many animals that are native to that area.
These include zebra, giraffe, white rhino, baboon, monkey, sable, warthog, bush squirrel and much more. You can also spot some nocturnal animals while camping in the night and these include jackal, the night is and much more.
The place is known as the bird watchers’paradise. Your child can also indulge in various gaming activities in the game park.
8. Haka Game Park
The Haka Game Park is located at the Cleveland Dam and is the best place for you to get out of the city and spend a day in nature. The park has over 250 species of birds and a large number of zebras that can be spotted at all times.
The children can enjoy horse rides and canoeing. You can also try your hand at fishing in the Cleveland Dam. The game park is located almost 12 km from the city and is one of the best places to go and have a picnic.
The game park is spread across 2500 hectares and is maintained by the Cleveland Dam Municipal Park. You can also spot Giraffe, Wildebeest, Sable and many more such animals on your visit to this park.
9. Lion and Cheetah Park and Snake World
Lion and Cheetah Park and Snake world is another tourist attraction that will be loved by your children. Sadly, there is no Cheetah left in the park; you will surely be able to spot some lions resting in their habitats.
There is also a snake world that consists of the widest variety of the most venomous snakes in Africa and the world. The park is situated next to the Lake Chivero which makes for a great scenic view.
So not forget to visit the star of the park, Tommy, the Galapagos tortoise who is over 250 years old and weighs half a ton. You will not be disappointed by this trip.
During the trip around the park, you will go through different attractions such as petting zoo, Game Park, horse rides and much more. You can bring your lunch or get refreshments from the park.
10. Discovereum- Children’s Museum Zimbabwe
Discovereum- Children’s Museum in Harare is another one of the locations that you need to visit with your children. The museum has been designed specially to cater to the needs of the children visiting Harare.
Here you will find many interactive exhibits that take the children through the culture of Zimbabwe, science and much more.
Harare is a beautiful city that does not get the recognition it deserves. Once you visit the city and explore the hidden gems in it, you will appropriately realize how amazing everything in this city is.
The best part about visiting Harare with your kids and family is that you do not have to wait for a particular season. The city looks beautiful all throughout the year and all its attractions are accessible 12 months.
However, if you want to see the city and all its attractions in all its glory, visiting from April through August is the best. You can easily spend a long vacation in the city and even visit the nearby places easily.
So, get the tickets and make your way to the hidden gem Harare.