City Guide, Harare
Known as 'the sunshine city', Harare is the capital of Zimbabwe and a gateway
to the country's many attractions, including Victoria Falls and Kariba. Harare is
an independent city equivalent to a province. It is Zimbabwe's largest city and
its administrative, commercial, and communications centre. The city is a trade centre
for tobacco, maize, cotton, and citrus fruits. Manufactures include textiles, steel,,
and chemicals, and gold is mined in the area.
There are several Tourist Attractions in Harare. Harare is the largest city as
well as the capital of Zimbabwe. Following are some of the popular Harare Tourist
AttractionsNational Herbarium and Botanic Gardens, Harare: The city has large open
spaces such as the 68 hectare National Botanic Garden which is one of the biggest
Harare Attractions. Mukuvisi Woodlands : Remarkably preserved natural woodland can
be seen here. The spectacular wild life here includes a wide variety of birds and
wild animals like zebra, giraffe, impala, wildebeest, tsessche, bush buck, steenbuck,
reed buck and eland.
National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare : is one of the prime stops for Sightseeing
in Harare. The gallery exhibits a valuable and interesting national collection
Culture and entertainment
Harare's cultural and historical heritage and beautifully preserved in its old
buildings and architectural edifices. The Mining Pension Fund Building at Central
Avenue and Second Street is a must see in Harare. Many more of its old charms can
be found along Robert Mugabe Road between Second Street and Julius Nyerere Way.
There are also some wonderful galleries and museums in and around Harare showcasing
local culture and heritage, some of the most popular being the National Gallery,
the Dendera Gallery and the Queen Victoria Museum. Not far out of town, the Ruwa
Sculpture Gallery is also worth a visit.
Food and drink
Harare cuisines follow standard Zimbabwean cooking practices. Harare restaurants
serve both Zimbabwean and international delicacies. Sadza, Game meat and Nhedzi
soup are some of the recommended Zimbabwean dishes. Eating out is popular and comparatively
cheap. Beer is the most widely consumed alcoholic beverage. Imported wines, spirits
and liqueurs are available in hotels.
Shopping in Harare is quite economic and at the same time very interesting. Shopping
in Harare can be done from the various upscale shopping centers or numerous markets
which are scattered around the city. Some of the main shopping centers of this place
are as follows:
Mbare Musika: This market is one of the busiest markets of the city and is an
integral part of Shopping in Harare.Eastgate Centre: This is the most important
shopping centre of the city and is located at the heart of the city, near the main
administrative centre. Harare is also famous for its sculptures. The best known
sculptors of Zimbabwe came mainly from the Tengenenge Art Community, which is very
well known for its creative works. There are many shops in Mbare Musikan and in
other local markets which sell this kind of sculptures and are very popular among
the tourists. Some of the sculptures are cheap while some are quite expensive.
Harare City Map