Look out over the skyline of Zimbabwe's capital Harare and you'll see what the city is all about. It has all the trappings of a modern metropolis, but you're never too far from nature.
When visiting Zimbabwe the temptation is to head straight out on safari or rush to see Victoria Falls, on the border with Zambia. But Harare is one of the most attractive capital cities in southern Africa, so it's worth taking some time to explore. Walk its wide avenues are lined with dusty red earth, and indigenous plants and blooming. There are many beautiful parks and gardens, museums and craft markets, not to mention some of the best coffee shops, restaurants and lounges on the continent. The Book Cafe, for example, has thrived for decades as a place where the creative minds of the city meet and mingle, while Garwe Restaurant serves the best in local cuisine to visitors and residents.
On the other hand, there’s no ignoring the quality of the nature parks that Zimbabwe is known for, and Harare is no exception. Venture out to the Wild is Life animal sanctuary to see some of Africa’s beloved wildlife up close.
Harare is a city showing real promise – especially since Zimbabwe adopted the US dollar as its de facto currency, which has encouraged investment in the capital. Harare is the seat of Government, the industrial hub and commercial centre for Zimbabwe, and a safe and laidback place where locals are quick to smile.