Taxis in Harare
There are lots of taxis in Harare, though vehicles can be a bit old and drivers vary a lot - one driver was very aggressive and nearly ran down an elderly man in the city centre. A ride to the inner suburbs (up to about 3 km) costs $5; prices tend to rise in multiples of $5 - though always negotiate (in advance) if you think the fare is too high.
Expect to pay $20 for an airport run (13km).
However, we did find one very reliable driver - Amaron Chizaka 0716502761. We must have used him a dozen times and he never failed to turn up on time, including a run to the airport at 1am - and he still charged the standard $20.
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Buses to Great Zimbabwe
It is very easy to travel from Harare to Masvingo (close to Great Zimbabwe) by bus from Harare City Centre. Although you can get 'Chicken Buses' from Mbare Musika for about $7, they only leave when full (maybe hours waiting) and can be slow and overcrowded.
I would recommend the Harare - Joburg 'luxury' buses which run from the Roadport bus station and pass through Masvingo, a journey of 4 hours. Most passengers (all local) seemed on their way to Joburg. A number of companies use this route so there a good number of buses daily and tickets can be pre-booked for $15. Alternatively, join the queue for a ticket from the conductor (available only when the bus is about to leave if there is space) for $7.
On return to Harare you cannot pre-book (this is only available from Joburg) but wait at the Exor Service Station (near the Flamboyant Motel in Masvingo) which is the drop off for the Joburg buses - we had no problem finding spaces on a bus (but buses run before midday having left Joburg the night before) and cost $7 directly from the bus conductor (beware touts who will charge you more).
We used these buses in both directions and they seemed in good condition and the drivers very professional (I think the companies are South African). I wouldn't trust combi drivers on this route which is full of very large trucks going to and from South Africa.
Once in Masvingo, you can easily get transport to Great Zimbabwe (25km) either by combi (very cheap I am told) or hire a taxi. Half a day is plenty and cost us around $60 (negotiable) and you could visit the Mutirikwi Dam at the same time (an extra 10km) - worth a view and the journey passes through lovely scenery.
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my TAXI driver in HARARE: Mr Cuthbert Machiridza
While in Harare for about one week, my preferred TAXI driver was Mr Cuthbert Machiridza.
I was very happy with Mr Machiridza service and recommend his Taxi services to anyone visiting Harare.
Mário Ferreira, May-2011
* Mr Cuthbert Machiridza
* Cell phone1: (+263) 733 273 749
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Click here to watch a VIDEO of Mr Cuthbert Machiridza's TAXI at Harare's International airport.
note: In May-2011 a regular Taxi ride from Harare's International airport to Harare's downtown was charged at $30 US dollars per ride.
Harare is well serviced from...
Harare is well serviced from the air, with connections from many major cities both inside and outside Africa.
A number of intercounrty buses also connect Harare with regional centres. Nearly all these leave from the Roadport on 4th Street. Tickets in advance can also be booked here. A number of local buses also leave from Mbare musika but reliability and quality can be a problem.
Getting around Harare is fairly easy with numerous buses, emergency taxi's and taxi's. Fixed route buses leave from various points around the city centre. The best way to find the right one is to ask locals. This is the same with Emergency Taxi's or ET's, consisting of old Peugeot's. All these 3 options are relatively cheap but comfort varies widely. Reliable taxi companies include Avondale and Rixi.
Former Meikles Driver
Staff was recommended to me by a UN press officer and turned out to be everything I was told to expect: honest, reliable, hard working and very easy to get along with. He remained cool and collected during difficult times with police and CID officers and was always on time, whether very early in the morning or late at night, without a single complaint.
His rate is Zim$500/km so we offered him US$50 per day including fuel, which he was happy with for all day Harare driving. If you want to leave town then he'll want his Zim$500 per km (at the unofficial rate this is US$0.50/km)
Staff knows the whereabouts of all the usual government buildings and offices in Harare, and can also advise on money changing, etc.
At the time the rear windows in his sedan were inoperative and I've told him that I'll reccomend him but that he'll need to get them fixed, something he promises he'll be doing next week.
Since fuel is an issue in Zim, you may need to pay him on the first day, at least for the first days work, so he can arrange more fuel for the next day.
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This guy worked hard
David drove us from Harare to Kwe Kwe to Gweru to Shirugni back to Gweru through Kwe Kwe and back to Harare in one day, a trip of over 800km!
We paid for his fuel and US$150 for the day.
I felt very safe on the roads with his capable driving, never went too fast and executed very safe overtaking. A very hardworking young driver, recently married and looking forward to his first child due March 2007.
I suggest paying US$50 in and around Harare and US$150 per day outside, but negotiate with him as you wish.
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