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Top 8 Things to Do with Kids in Harare

We recently asked our Zimbabas Readers to vote on their favourite things to do with children in Harare, and these are the top activities, listed in order of preference: Tamba Tamba Benji’s Greenwood Park St Elmo’s The Coffee Garden (formerly known as ‘The Cottage’) Kuimba Shiri Bird Park Twala Animal Sanctuary Haka Game Park For more details about each of these attractions, please visit
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A Lesson in Gratitude!…

…in a roundabout kinda way!  I decided to take my little girl to the nearby vlei to fly her kite over the weekend and oh what a treasure was in store for us both.  We’d just started back towards home when we were joined by some young children from the squatter camp.  At first they watched from the sidelines, but their excited chatter soon
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Happy Days at Haka!

We were excited to discover Haka Game Reserve recently, a hidden gem (but not for much longer!) on the outskirts of Harare.  Situated within very easy reach makes it an ideal picnicking spot for families with young children.  Entry isn’t extortionate (US$5/adult, US$3/child except children aged 3 and under who are free, and US$4/vehicle), and once inside the park, you have a choice of
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The Old Made New!

A small group of us decided to take our kiddies to Greenwood Park during the half-term weekend, and I was truly heartened by the experience!  I’d heard that it had been refurbished by the Rotary Club of Harare a little while back, and I was genuinely delighted to see what a great job they’ve done, so a huuuge ‘thank-you’ to all those involved in
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Hippo Pools with Kids

We were fortunate to enjoy an overnight stay at Hippo Pools Wilderness Camp recently, and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they offer ‘pony rides’ around the site for children.  My little girl of just over three years absolutely revelled in her ride which lasted about twenty minutes.  The guide, James, was pleasant, and happily let us walk alongside the horse, stopping for
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A Lovely Sunday Morning Out!

This morning, we decided to put on our walking boots and head to Mukuvisi Woodlands for their ‘last Sunday of the month Woodland Walk’.  It was a typically glorious African ‘almost Winter’ morning and when we arrived close to 9.30am, the car park was very busy. They offer 3km, 5km and 8km routes for walkers, runners and bikers, and it is possible to take
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Indoor Entertainment in Umhlanga!

On a recent trip to South Africa to visit family, we were fortunate enough to enjoy almost a week in Umhlanga on Durban’s North Coast.  Whilst we were blessed with beautiful weather for the most part, one of the days was extremely windy and definitely not a ‘beach day’, so we were forced to think of something else to keep our ‘just three year
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Facepainting Fun!

I recently hosted a princess party for my ‘now 3 year old’ at home, and as something a little different, I arranged for Sandy (from Smartsquirts) and her daughter, Alex, to come and do facepainting for the kiddies.  It appeared to be a great success with little ones queueing up for their turn and then a few subsequent reports of tears when it came
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If Their Holiday Club is Anything To Go By…

Having done a ‘reckie’ (and asked my mum to do the same!), I registered my daughter of just over 2.5 years to attend the Christmas Holiday Club at the Oriental International Learning Centre (OILC) on Piers Road.  From the moment I dropped her off that very first morning, she was at ease and happily went to the teacher, a lovely bubbly lady, as was
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School Holiday Fun!

My little girl of ‘almost 2 and a half’ attended the Kidisportz Art and Craft Holiday Programme with Belinda and Casey, this week.  Having been slightly anxious at the outset, mainly because I wasn’t familiar with the setup, I was soon put at ease, as my daughter, who is a very sensitive child, obviously felt comfortable and was happy to go to Belinda, almost immediately.
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