Founded in 1890, Harare is Zimbabwe’s vibrant capital and commercial hub. It was originally known as Fort Salisbury, and then simply Salisbury, and is just one of several gateways to the rest of the country. Most travellers staying here will be passing through rather than spending an extended period of time. Those who do venture out into the city will find a lively, bustling metropolis which after some tough times is now starting to find its feet again. There’s a hectic vibrancy to Harare that feels unique to urban Africa.
Harare is characterised by wide streets lined with jacaranda trees and pavements often crowded with market stalls and vendors selling myriad goods. In addition there is a great selection of shops both in town and in the more upmarket areas.
There is a large variety of restaurants where one can dine out and various shopping centres, museum, art galleries and the National Botanic Gardens