Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, represents a balance of modern, ancient and natural Africa with gleaming high rises and historic structures interspersed with leafy parks and avenues. The commercial and technological heartbeat of Zimbabwe, Harare boasts a colourful history, rich culture and a climate as warm and pleasant as its people.
One of Harare’s most popular places for dining, and widely touted as the best, is the Amanzi Restaurant, on the outskirts of the city. There are also many charming cafés dotting the city, but Cork Road is noted for having popular spots for a relaxing coffee.
Explore Zimbabwe’s culture at The National Gallery, which curates important local art including a collection of fascinating Shona stone carvings, and plays host to international exhibitions from time to time. The Queen Victoria Museum and National Archives are also popular places to visit with, among other things, artefacts and documents integral to Zimbabwe’s history. A more recent addition to the city’s cultural identity is the Chapungu Sculpture Park, home to numerous works of art created by local talent.
The National Botanical Gardens showcases more than 900 species of plant life from all over the country, while the Mukuvisi Woodlands provides the opportunity to enjoy the local flora and fauna. And the entire city can be viewed from The Kopje, a granite hill rising some 1,500 metres above sea level.
If you are interested in the Harare’s active nightlife, there is an array of nightclubs and bars as well as regular live entertainment featuring Afro Jazz and other musical styles.
Victoria falls and the Zambezi River are among the most popular attractions outside of Harare. There are many other fascinating destinations including the ancient Great Zimbabwe stone ruins, The Chinhoyi Caves, Lake Mutirikwe and several reserves and national parks where the pristine beauty and untamed wildlife of Zimbabwe can be thoroughly enjoyed.