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 6 carefully appointed picnic sites, each equipped with a braai, a wooden bench and additional seating. WC facilities are very basic as you might expect, but the one near our chosen area appeared to be clean at least.
It is possible to drive or walk around the reserve which is home to animals such as zebra, wildebeest, giraffe and eland (we haven't seen anything else if there is!). We also delighted in the sound of a fish eagle near Cleveland Dam which seems to border the park on one side. If you're a keen fisherman, it would be possible for you to take a boat onto the dam from the Cleveland Dam entrance, and they also offer canoe trips from that side. We didn't enquire about fishing permits for Haka, however.
To get to Haka, take the road left off the Mutare Road, after Danhiko (opposite Jaggers). You will thensee Haka signposted to your left just before you reach the entrance to Cleveland Dam.