Harare (previously known as Salisbury until 1982) is Zimbabwe's capital and is located in the Mashonaland East Province. Harare is the centre of commerce and government with many attractions. The University of Zimbabwe, the largest higher learning institute in the country, is situated in Harare.
It is a very laid-back city, with high-rise office buildings and a medley of shopping opportunities. The area around the site of the State House on Chancellor Avenue, is completely off limits. It is best as a visitor to the country's capital, that this area be avoided even when the booms are raised. You are forbidden to take photographs here.
The city is modern and well-planned out with tree-lined avenues. The Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals, a Dutch Reformed church, the Queen Victoria Memorial Library and Museum are all popular places to see.
Harare has a moderate climate, and rainfall varies from year to year. It is the centre of rail, road, and air transport, with an international airport. Harare is also the main dispersal point for the agricultural produce of the surrounding area.
Accommodation in Harare
There are many choices of accommodation in Harare, but private lodges are popular for visitors to the city. There are back packers and hotels as well, as a few self-catering establishments to choose from. Please see our accommodation directory for more information.
Activities in Harare
There are many attractions and activities to do in and around Harare, and will provide an endless choice of day excursions.
- Golf courses.
- Recreational parks with water sports and fishing - Lake Chivero.
- Wildlife parks where you see lions, zebras, giraffes, antelopes and elephants.
- Good variety of shopping malls, art galleries, cafes, and entertainment venues that have live music.
- Mbare market for an authentic African shopping experience. (Be attentive here as it is notorious for pickpockets).
- Human Sciences Museum.
- National Gallery of Zimbabwe.
- Greenwood Park – this park has a children's area with a miniature railway, cable car and boats.
For more information on the activities on offer in the area, please see our activity directory.
Harare's business community is thriving. Tourists can find shops, stalls and souvenirs in the vicinity. The local restaurants are a culinary delight and there is something for every taste. Please go to our business directory for a full list of businesses you can find in the region.