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Harare International Carnival, Zimbabwe

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What is the Harare International Carnival?

The Harare International Carnival in Zimbabwe is an annual week-long celebration filled with events and activities. The aim of this carnival is to promote the arts, culture and heritage of Zimbabwe, as well as promote the unification of the population. It is a carnival in which thediversity of the communities is celebrated. In addition, it also serves as a tool for international and national tourism development.

The Harare International Carnival is carried out through the various government organizations and institutions of the tourism sector and private companies. This carnival is the largest in the country and has been growing over the years. More than23 artists from the different countries of Africa, Asia, Europe and South America, including dancers from Brazil, participate in the carnival.

 

 

Event organizers call these carnivals “a people’s event” and have encouraged the entire population to participate, including civilians and private businesses. They also want to use these festivities as a means for artists to make themselves known, either by dancing or singing. Likewise, they intend to achieve a high rate of “Gross National Happiness” by 2021. This is meant to convey that the various organizers of the event seek to make people happy despite the circumstances and problems that the country currently suffers. The carnival has quickly become a ccelebration that promotes Zimbabwean culture and customs in just a few short years.

 

During the Harare International Carnival participants dress in bright colors

During the Harare International Carnival participants dress in bright colors

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When is the Harare International Carnival

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At the moment there is no exact date of when it is held, however, the carnival normally takes place in the middle of the year, between July and October..

 

 

History of the Harare International Carnival

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The first celebration of the Harare International Carnival took place in 2013. The 2014 edition of the Harare carnivals held in April that year attracted around10,000 people People from various parts of the world attended the opening which was held at theAfrican Unity Square. The Harare International Carnival was inaugurated by the vice president of the republic at the time, Joice Mujuro.



 

Where is the Harare International Carnival<//h2>?

The Harare International Carnival is held in the capital of Zimbabwe, in the vicinity of the Harare Gardens and the Zimbabwe National Gallery. The festivities take place specifically in Africa Unity Square, the administrative heart of the city. The parade crosses Jason Moyo Street to the Glamis Arena.

 

At the Harare Carnivals they participate from the youngest

At the Harare Carnivals they participate from the youngest

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How the Harare International Carnival is celebrated

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The Harare International Carnival aims at uniting the different regions of the country and the continent and seeks to bring happiness to the residents through the different events that take place in the streets of the city. Its schedule includes dances, parades, live music concerts, stand up comedy, children’s parade and much more.

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Tips for going to the Harare International Carnival

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If you wish to visit the Harare International Carnivals, contact the various authorities pertaining to safety and travel. Plan your trip so that you can have a safe itinerary as well as your accommodation.

 

 

Events at Harare International Carnival

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The most important event of the Harare International Carnival is the performance of the Brazilian Samba dancers, a as well as the participation of the different local artists such as Alick Macheso, Jah Prayzer among others.

 

 

The joy and fun fill the streets of the city with the help of the organizers who make sure that the celebrations are full of diversity between the different regions of the country, as well as the participation of tourists and international groups.

The festivities last 9 days, in which some important activities can be highlighted such as the selection of the carnival queen, live jazz music nights, exotic dances and samba dance nights. Also included during the celebrations are stand up comedy events.

 

During the Harare caranval you see samba dancers from Brazil

During the Harare carnival you see samba dancers from Brazil

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Harare International Carnival Parades

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On the penultimate day of carnival, the parade takes place in the streets of Harare culminating at Africa Unity Square. The last night of the carnival will close with a music concert with local and international artists.

 

Parade route

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Carnival celebration in Harare features a variety of artists

Carnival celebration in Harare features a variety of artists

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The parade starts at Simon Muzenda Street, opening onto 4th Avenue and Jason Moyo Street. The parade ends at Africa Unity Square.

 

Mushroom and mushroom soup is typical of the area and is consumed during Harare carnivals

Mushroom and mushroom soup is typical of the area and is consumed during Harare carnivals

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What to eat at the Harare International Carnival

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During the Harare carnivals there is presence of the different typical dishes of the region and the country. One of them is Nhedzi which consists of a soup of different mushrooms and mushrooms. You can also find Whawha, a traditional beer made with corn.

The city of Harare offers you different places that you can visit and try their varied dishes with national and international menus. Some of the best known establishments are Amanzi Restaurant, Victoria 22 and Organikks.

 

During carnivals they drink a beer made from corn typical of the region

During carnivals they drink a beer made from corn typical of the region

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Travel Insurance

 

From Carnavalesdelmundo.org we recommend to hire a good insurance to visit this carnival and to know the rest of the country. For being our readers we offer a 5% discount on all IATI insurance. Read more information about all insurance offers here:

 

 

What to see and do inside the Harare International Carnival

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You can watch and participate in the parades that are organized on the penultimate day of the carnival week in the city. In addition, you can also aattend the stand up comedy events and the live music concerts of both jazz and national and international artists. You can also attend the lectures that take place mid-week during the festivities.

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What to see and do outside the Harare International Carnival

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The city of Harare offers a wealth of tourist attractions both natural and buildings of different types and purposes. Some of the most important attractions are:

 

National Art Gallery

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It is a gallery located in the city with the purpose of presenting and preserving contemporary Zimbabwean works of art. Currently this gallery has been in existence for over 50 years and comprises works by leading national artists.

 

National Heroes’ Acre

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It is a national monument 7 kilometers from the city center. It functions as a national pantheon and the people buried here are considered national heroes.

 

Queen Victoria Museum

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It is a human science museum in the city of Harare. It contains different pieces and artifacts of utmost historical importance of the country, as well as the first artifacts of the continent made of wood.

Also if you want to visit museums and important buildings in this city we recommend that you book your entrance ticket in advance through Tiquets: .

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Safety at the Harare International Carnival

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Harare is a generally safe city. The city is hospitable and friendly to both domestic and international tourists. It is recommended that you contact the various national and international institutions as well as the various travel agencies for support in terms of the safety of your trip.

Crime rates are relatively low; however, you should be aware of your surroundings and keep your documents and belongings in a safe place. Also, we recommend the following products to keep your belongings safe:

 

Climate at the Harare International Carnival

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The city’s weather during carnival season is quite pleasant, with the temperature ranging from 7 to 24 degrees Celsius and with very little chance of rainfall.

 

Bright colors are an important part of Harare's international carnival

Bright colors are an important part of Harare’s international carnival

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How to get to the Harare International Carnival

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How to get there by plane

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The closest airport to the city of Harare is the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport just 12 minutes from the city center. From the airport you can travel to the city center where the carnivals take place.

We recommend buying airline tickets through Kiwi.com or Skyscanner where they are usually cheaper. More information on this link to review Kiwi.com..

 

How to get there by car

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From Robel Gabriel Mugabe International Airport you can take a cab or private vehicle to the city center taking the main avenues and streets of the city. The trip takes 12 minutes.

If you want to go by cab, the average fare is $20.

 

Where to stay at the Harare International Carnival

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Rainbow Towers Hotel & Conference Centre

5-star hotel located 1.1 kilometers from the city center. Facilities include air conditioning and free wifi. Facilities include a swimming pool, restaurants and a tennis court. Rooms are well-equipped with TV and private bathroom.

 

Cresta Jameson Hotel

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3 star hotel located 500 meters from the city. The hotel has free internet and all rooms have en-suite bathrooms with showers and basic toiletries. It also has satellite TV and flat screen.

 

Monomotapa

4 star hotel located 650 meters from Harare city center. All rooms are air-conditioned and have internet access. Some rooms have a view of the gardens. In addition, breakfast is served every morning in the restaurant.

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