When we think of Zimbabwe, we are often left with the impression of tall shrubs, abundant wildlife and the smell of the very Earth permeating our senses in every single turn.
Well, one developing city is out and about to change all of our impressions of Zimbabwe and will introduce us to a place where concrete meets nature, manpower meets local culture and the incessant thriving to be better than the rest.
Travelers, get to know Harare more and be amazed at how it is succeeding from its very motto, ‘Forward with Service to the People.’
Known as the capital city of Zimbabwe, Harare is also the most populous with an estimated 1,600,000 residents. On the map, Harare is located on the north-eastern edge of Zimbabwe’s Mashonaland and is elevated at 4,865 feet above sea level.
Harare is one of the many cities which is part of the Highveld Plateau and is commonly referred to as one of the country’s parklands.
Due to its high altitude, Harare is quite different from other tropical cities and has a subtropical highland climate according to the Koppen Climate Classification. In shorter terms, the average temperature felt in Harare per annum plays around 17.95-degrees Celsius with prevailing airflow coming from the south-eastern part of the globe.
There are three seasons observed in Harare, namely the warm season (November to April), the dry season (May to August) and the hot season (September and October). January is known to be the wettest month with an estimated precipitation of 7.52 inches and 17 raining days, while October experiences the hottest temperature at 35-degrees Celsius on average.
If traveling by air, you’ll be served by the city’s main airport called the Harare International Airport. If you’re coming in from nearby provinces such as Bulawayo or Mutare, be delighted to know that there’s the National Railways of Zimbabwe to bring you to and from Harare.
As for skimming the city’s minute destinations, there are public and privately owned transportation systems which you can choose from. Buses are operated by ZUPCO, while there are still commuter trains if you want to rub elbows with the locals. Other methods of transportation also include licensed station wagons, minibuses and commuter omnibuses.
What to See
National Heroes’ Acre
Commemorating the fallen heroes of past wars is highly observed in Harare, hence the National Heroes’ Acre. Lying seven kilometers from the city center, the grand obelisk is the city’s reminder that once there were people who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the common man.
This is one of Harare’s main landmarks, so revel at the bronze flanked statues of soldiers which is just pure art and can even give the illusion of people suspended in metal.
Although not as energetic as the New York Business District, Harare’s Tobacco Floor is one of the many places where commerce and local color collide.
Since Zimbabwe is a known manufacturer of fine tobacco, the Tobacco floor is usually crowded during the months of February to August since many brokers and sellers flock the streets.
Epworth Balancing Rocks
If you want to see nature working its wonders, then it’s a must for you to visit the Epworth Balancing Rocks.
Though Zimbabwe is very rich in these sorts of things, the one located 13 kilometers southeast of the city center is the easiest to find and will be convenient for travelers to visit.
Harare – Lonely Planet
City of Harare – South Africa Accommodation