Zimbabwe
Harare

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  • Day112

    Masvingo to Harare

    January 5 in Zimbabwe ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

    Today we left the Great Zimbabwe Hotel. Before leaving, we ask how much breakfast is, and were quoted USD26 per person. We politely declined, and picked up a steak pie from Baker’s Inn in Masvingo. Our vegetarian creds continue to decrease by the day.

    We managed to get some petrol at a normal petrol station which was a pleasant surprise. However, when we were filling up, a gigantic queue of cars started entering to the other pump. It seems that our USD allowed us to skip the big queue.

    The road from Masvingo to Harare is maybe the worst main road we have used. Giant potholes arrive out of nowhere, and always seem to crop up when a large bus is coming in the opposite lane, and we have no choice but to take the hit and pray for our tyres. At one point, the road ends, and a gravelly, dusty track takes over. However, this doesn’t stop people from using it as a two lane highway, which kicked up a huge dust cloud, and sent a rock directly at our windscreen, creating a little chip- we fear for our security deposit.

    We arrived at Small World Lodge around 2pm, and enquire about camping. We can camp next to the car park, the swimming pool, or next to the tables where people are sitting and chatting. We opt for the car park.

    Played some beer pong (with bottlecaps) with some overlanders who have done a similar route to us (from Nairobi), and we compare travel stories. We met the most charming Irishman, who had been travelling overland with the group since the start (and told us about this app!) and the most smiley British gent who had just joined the group that day.

    Above the bar is a Sam Smith’s mirror advertising OBB, but unfortunately, all they have is Golden Pilsener.
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  • Day114

    Leaving Harare

    January 7 in Zimbabwe ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Woke up early to sort the car out before returning it. We drove around the neighbourhood trying to find fuel at the petrol stations. They’re all empty, and at the last one we visit, the attendant informs us that there is no petrol in the whole of Harare. Another staff member at the hostel has a contact, who we could call, and offer to buy him a drink in exchange for petrol.

    Eventually the woman from the car hire company came to collect the car, and just takes the cost of fuel from our deposit, no dramas after all.

    When we headed back into town for breakfast, we see a giant queue of cars, snaking its way around the neighbourhood. They are queuing for Engen, which must just have received a shipment of fuel.

    In the evening, we boarded the overnight bus from Harare to Vic Falls. It is maybe one of the worst bus seats I have sat in so far- no seatbelt, broken armrest, it’s stuck in the reclined position and the window keeps opening until I tie it closed with a shoelace.
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  • Day2

    Harare

    August 10, 2017 in Zimbabwe ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We arrived in the capital of Zimbabwe yesterday, a vast contrast to the surrounding countryside we had been in. The avenues of bungalows made you feel like you were in parts of rural Britain, apart from the walls, electric fencing, barbed wire, security guards and bars on windows! We are having a couple of nights staying in a hostel so all enjoyed a meal out at a western restaurant where we welcomed three new travel companions and said farewell to one. The party then continued once we were back at the hostel with everyone getting along really well. Today, after massive bacon sandwiches that we cooked for ourselves, a group of us went for a walk into town. It was enjoyable just to wander around the streets, not being bothered by people to buy things but just happy to offer directions or just chat. Since 2005 their economy has been in serious trouble and physical currency is scarce. People are able to draw out only $80 a month. People pay by using their phones and doing a bank transfer at the till. We are using US dollars but have managed to get a $2 Mozambique bond which is equivalent to a $2!US. The bonds are produced so the currency can be devalued at any time. Inflation is such that in 2005 there was a 20 thousand dollar note, three years later a 150 trillion dollar note had been issued. It became so bad that notes produced in a morning had been made obsolete by the following day. Tonight we went to the Oasis house and had a local meal cooked for us. We had beef stew and sadza, a polenta like consistency made from ground maize, mixed with water and heated up. Each country we have been in has it but calls it something different.Read more

  • Day113

    Harare

    January 6 in Zimbabwe ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Today, we got up when the heat in the tent became in too hot (an ongoing theme of African camping). Breakfast options at the hostel were either an english breakfast without eggs, or yoghurt and raisins for $7... Instead we opted for Pariah State at the Avondale.

    Went to the Avondale flea market to pick up a football shirt- Harare Dynamos (“The Glamour Boys”)- and a strong contender for the worst shirt ever (bright blue with hamburgers).

    On the way back, we see the headlines from the local newspapers outside a petrol station. The H-Metro runs a story about someone drowning, mermaids suspected.

    Having to wing it in regards to the fuel situation yet again. The hostel staff will try to sort it out for $1.30 per litre, not sure where the source is.
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  • Day37

    Harare

    February 5, 2018 in Zimbabwe ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Heute Vormittag haben wir uns mit Dr. Uli Weyl zu einem Gespräch getroffen, einem langjährigen GIZ-Experten im südlichen Afrika. Thema waren vor allem die Potenziale des Tourismus für Zimbabwe. Uli Weyl hatte die Exkursion 1986 mit vorbereitet und begleitet.

    Da wir morgen für ein paar Tage nach Musangano in Ostzimbabwe fahren, haben wir uns am Nachmittag in einem Supermarkt (der keinerlei Wünsche offen lässt) mit Lebensmitteln eingedeckt. Die Auswahl ist mehr als bemerkenswert, wenn man bedenkt, dass 2007 und 2008 die Regale leer waren.
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  • Day5

    Kuwadzana Lutherian Congregaton

    June 30, 2019 in Zimbabwe ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Heute ist Sonntag. Für den Sonntagsgottesdienst haben wir uns in 4 Gruppen aufgeteilt und jede Gruppe hat eine andere Gemeinde besucht. Annerose, Josef und ich sind mit Simon nach Kuwadzana gefahren. Die Kirche war ein provisorischer Unterstand, aber voll von betenden und feiernden Christen.
    Reverend Veronica Mangena hat so mitreißend gepredigt, dass ich sie , obwohl sie Shona sprach, zumindest ungefähr verstanden habe. Auch gesungen und geklatscht wurde mit Begeisterung. Was ist wohl besser; eine schöne Kirche oder eine lebendige Gemeinde ?
    Nach dem Gottesdienst gab es, uns zu Ehren, ein Mittagessen für die ganze Gemeinde. Als Gastgeschenk haben wir alle drei praktische Hüte bekommen. Leider hatten wir, außer den WGT-Postkarten keine Geschenke dabei.
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  • Day2

    Treffen und Dinner im Sunbird Guesthouse

    June 27, 2019 in Zimbabwe ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Abends sind unsere Gastgeber zu uns ins Sunbird Guesthouse gekommen, wo wir in gemütlicher Runde um den Kamin (!) saßen und uns ein Bisschen kennengelernt haben. Tatsächlich war es so frisch, dass wir den Kamin gut brauchen konnten.
    Anschließend hatten wir ein wunderbares gemeinsames Dinner, das Christine und ihre Helfer für uns gekocht haben. Jetzt fallen wir müde ins Bett.
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  • Day4

    Stadtrundfahrt Harare

    June 29, 2019 in Zimbabwe ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Am Nachmittag haben wir eine Rundfahrt durch Harare gemacht. Die Gegensätze der Stadt sind unübersehbar. Hochhäuser, großzügige Bungalows hinter Mauern, eine quirlige Innenstadt, aber auch große, ungeordnete, wimmelnde Markets und Bettler an den Kreuzungen.
    Man sieht der Stadt die wirtschaftliche Probleme des Landes an.
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  • Day3

    Bischof der Lutherischen Kirche

    June 28, 2019 in Zimbabwe ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Heute war der Himmel so strahlend blau, wie ich mir das vorgestellt hatte. Bischof Faindi von der lutherischen Kirche Simbabwes hat uns empfangen und uns von seinem Bistum, Simbabwe Ost, erzählt. Die Mitglieder seiner Gemeinde sind in dem großen Gebiet weit verstreut.
    Er hat uns erzählt, dass das Land mit großen wirtschaftlichen Schwierigkeiten zu kämpfen hat. Vertrauen auf Gott sei hier jeden Tag von neuem wichtig.
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  • Day43

    Regen in Zimbabwe

    February 11, 2018 in Zimbabwe ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Seit gestern sind wir aus Musangano zurück. Die gesamte Rückfahrt (ca. 270 km) sowie den gestrigen und heutigen Tag regnet es. Mit nur 18 Grad ist es auch deutlich kühler geworden. Trotz der kühlen Temperaturen sind die Zimbabwer froh über den dringend nötigen Regen, der in diesem Sommer sehr spät kommt.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Harare, ሀራሬ, هراري, هارارى, Горад Харарэ, Хараре, ཧ་ར་རི།, ھەرارێ, Χαράρε, Harareo, هراره, הארארה, हरारे, Arare, Հարարե, HRE, ハラレ, ჰარარე, 하라레, Hararensis Urbs, Hararė, ହାରାରେ, ਹਰਾਰੇ, ہرارے, ஹராரே, ฮาราเร, ھارارې, 哈拉雷

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