About Harare International Airport (HRE)
Address: Airport Terminal Arrival Hall, Harare
Harare International Airport is the biggest in Zimbabwe and is located just south of the city.
It is known to the local's as Robert Gabriel Mugabe airport, after the former leader of the country. Certainly, the best way to travel to your hotel once you have landed here is by making use of a small range of Harare Airport car rental options found in and around the terminal building.
Travelling in Zimbabwe is easiest by car rental thanks to the poor quality of public transport found in the country. Rather be safe in the knowledge that booking a vehicle in the lead up to your trip means no hassles in terms of trying to secure transport once you arrive in the country. This will also get you the cheapest rates possible.
It also means the time between disembarking and securing a car rental through one of the Harare Airport car rentals on site is as short as possible thanks to the fact that the vehicle is waiting for you. Because nothing is worse than waiting around at an airport when all you want to do is get to your hotel or safari lodge, right?
Choosing your car
Visiting Zimbabwe’s top tourist attractions in and around Harare is best done through car hire. And a wide range of vehicles from the likes of Toyota, Ford, Chevrolet and Hyundai are available. The airport car rental companies that can be found here include Europcar, Hertz, Impala and the local company, Zimbabwe Car Hire
No matter your car rental requirements, you will find something to suit your needs, although the selection is not as broad as it would be in South Africa, for instance.
While Victoria Falls is around 700 kilometres away, day trips in and around Harare provide an adventurous tourist with much to do. Among those worth your consideration include the Lake Chivero National Park, Ngomakurira mountain, which has a great hiking trail and Thetford Game Reserve.
Tips and advice
Much like South African drivers, those in Zimbabwe can be a little reckless. Keep your eyes open at all times.
Do not stop at traffic lights at night, even if the light is red. Try to time it that you get a green light or proceed cautiously through the light if red. Sadly, some traffic lights have become hijacking hotspots. In fact it’s better not to drive at night.
Keep valuables out of sight in your vehicle and never leave them in the car when you exit it.
Police roadblocks are a familiar site but generally, as a tourist, you will be waved through. If you are pulled over, chances are that the police for fine you for something outlandish. Simply pay the fine instead of getting into an argument.
Roads in and around cities are normally in a decent condition but consider a 4x4 or SUV when travelling in rural areas, especially within the game reserves.
Always be on the lookout for animals on the side of the road or crossing it, particularly in rural areas.