Welcome to Harare: Zimbabwe’s Garden City
Harare perches high on Zimbabwe’s central plateau. This beautifully light-filled and open city offers a refreshing contrast to many other African capitals. Known as the Garden City, Harare’s modern buildings are softened by its wide thoroughfares, relaxing parks and spacious gardens.
In this laid-back capital there’s a wealth of culture and a rich history to absorb. Take a visit to the flea market at Mbare to get a sense of Zimbabwean life and pick up some curios. The National Gallery houses a fascinating treasure trove of Zimbabwean art that spans centuries but also offers insight into the country’s contemporary art scene. Look out for international exhibitions that frequently thematically group carefully curated and prestigious works of art.
Within the gallery there are also many outstanding Shona soft-stone carvings that showcase the exquisite craftsmanship that has historically been associated with Zimbabwe. Original works by some of the greatest names in African exploration and missionary can be viewed in the National Archives. It’s fascinating to see European and African encounters recorded almost as reportage.
The National Botanical Gardens has over 900 species of trees to lose yourself among. At the Mukuvisi Woodlands there’s an expansive 277 hectares of preserved woodlands where you can feel a million miles from any city.