Harare, formerly known as Salisbury, is the capital city of Zimbabwe. It is situated in the historic region of Mashonaland.
The city was founded by the Pioneer Column in 1890, and was named after the first British Prime Minister, Lord Salisbury. The name was however changed to Harare after Zimbabwe obtained its independence in 1980.
Harare is the leading financial and commercial administration town as all economic functions are centered in the town. Harare is a much loved city as it is seen as the city of prosperity. The city is also loved for its upmarket suburbs such as Borrowdale, Avenues and Avondale, which offer luxurious and exciting opportunities for shopping. First Street, situated right in the center of the town is also popular with shoppers. There are plenty of shopping malls and flea markets where you can buy anything from home appliances to hand carved stone and wood crafts.
Experiencing a subtropical climate for most parts of the year, Harare boasts lush vegetation and several parks and botanical gardens from which you can explore several plant species in the evergreen Harare. If you are an animal lover, you can visit the Mukuvisi Woodlands and the Greenwood Park were you can experience several species of birds, the giraffe, zebra, chimpanzee, some of the largest tortoises, the reed buck and many more. You can also visit the Snake Park and the Ostrich Farm, which are on the outskirts of the city.
Harare is also home to many historic National Gallery Houses and churches that are well preserved. For sports fanatics, the Harare international Sports Centre and the Borrowdale Race Course are great places to enjoy a good game of cricket, rugby, hockey and horse racing. Harare has a fantastic nightlife with lots of restaurants, exclusive bars and clubs where you never hear the last round bell ring.
Harare accommodation is abundant and mostly valuable in luxury and budget hotels as well as guest houses.