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Harare is undoubtedly one of Africa's hidden gems. Over the years, the city developed a bad rap, but any traveller who has visited the city will know how unjust this reputation is. Book cheap flights to Harare International Airport with SA Airlines and get the opportunity to discover what this beautiful city is truly all about. Most travellers to Zimbabwe are there for an authentic African safari, but if you have some time to relax and unwind in the safe and interesting city of Harare, it comes highly recommended.

Harare is Zimbabwe's capital city and the fact that it hosts just over 1.5 million residents is testament to its popularity. Wandering the wide streets in the shadow of the towering skyscrapers and breathing in the summery fragrance of the Jacaranda trees that line the streets, you will be overcome by this city's very own vibrant, artistic appeal. Experience a greater sense of understanding for the warm and welcoming Zimbabwean people as you discover the wildlife, local art and hiking trails that are popular reasons for tourists to visit this city.

If you're looking for an African holiday that's affordable and convenient, Harare is the place to head to. In fact, if you book cheap Kulula or SAA flights to Harare International Airport from Johannesburg, or FlyAfrica from Harare to Johannesburg, you can expect the flight to be as short as just 1 hour and 35 minutes. You're less than 2 hours away from an African safari most people only dream of.

Quick Facts About Zimbabwe

  • The city was called Salisbury until 1982 when it was changed to Harare
  • There are 16 official languages in Harare with English, Sindebele and Shona being the most spoken
  • There are 8 currencies used in Harare with the US Dollar being the most commonly used

When is the Best Time to Fly to Harare from Johannesburg?

While you won't have a problem finding cheap flights to Zimbabwe, you might struggle to decide when it's best to book your flight. Luckily for tourists, the city enjoys all-year-round good weather, making it a little easier to travel when it's most convenient to you. The dry season is from April to September which means it's a great time of year for game viewing and outdoor activities. The rainy season is from November and is a good time if you're looking for a lush, green escape. The cool season is between June and August, but it's still warm enough for most outdoor activities.

Most tourists head to Harare in spring as the city hosts a number of events and festivals (the Harare International Festival of Arts and Harare Jazz Festival) which makes this time of year an expensive time to visit. The cheapest air fares are available from November to March when the seasons are wet.

Which Airlines Offer Flights from Harare to Johannesburg?

At SA Airlines, we can assist you with getting the cheapest flights from South Africa to Harare on local low-cost carriers such as SAA (South African Airways) and Kulula, but these aren’t the only airlines to service the city. Flights to Harare from Johannesburg can be booked on Fastjet, as well as Air Zimbabwe too. Both local and international carriers cater to Harare providing travellers with the option of shopping around for the cheapest fares, discounts and specials. Consider these airlines:

  • Air Namibia
  • British Airways
  • Fastjet
  • Emirates
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Hahn Air System
  • Kenya Airways
  • Rwandair Express
  • LAM-Linhas Aereas De Mozambique
  • South African Airways
  • Kulula

Airports in Harare

Harare is home to the Harare International Airport (HRE) which is a short 20 minute drive from the city centre. The airport has one runway which is also one of the longest runways in Africa measuring 4 725m. The airport offers basic shopping and dining amenities and is served by a number of local African carriers. Not many international airlines fly into Harare International Airport.

Tourist Attractions in Harare

Harare offers its visitors so much to see and do from buzzing dusty street markets to gorgeous wildlife sanctuaries. If you have never visited the city before, consider the following top tourist attractions:

  • National Botanic Gardens
  • Mukuvisi Woodlands
  • HAKA Game Park
  • Kuimba Shiri Bird Sanctuary
  • Balancing Rocks
  • Thetford Game Reserve
  • The Shona Sculpture Gallery
  • Avondale Flea Market
  • Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary

Getting Around Harare

Public transport is commonly used to get around and explore the city of Harare. Metered taxis are best used to get from your hotel to places or interest, but these can prove costly. The most affordable form of transport is a rental car. Public taxis (mini bus taxis) are seen everywhere, but unless you know exactly where you are going, they can be confusing. Most of the local residents use these taxis as quick pick up and drop off general transport.

Search, Book and Pay for Flights to Harare

If your budget is important to you, you can keep your travel costs down when booking flights to Harare with SA Airlines. Use our flight search feature to find flights that suit your travel preferences and available budget. Book your trip to Harare, Zimbabwe with SA Airlines today.