Harare Sights and Landmarks Guide, Zimbabwe
A unique blend of vibrant African tradition and modern world convenience is in store for you when you visit the culturally rich city of Harare.
Start of with the Harare City tour. This very popular excursion is usually conducted during the weekends. This gives you the chance to visit the major historic buildings in the city and other landmarks like the Kopoje hill which overlooks the city and is famous for its excellent view of Harare. This is where you will also find the eternal flame of Independence which burns the whole year round.
The city hosts a number of parks and gardens National Botanic Garden. It has more than 900 species of wild trees and shrubs collected from all over Zimbabwe.
The Mukuvisi Woodlands another remarkably preserved natural woodland that grows beside the banks of the Mukuvisi River. There are numerous varieties of bird species and of local wildlife such as giraffes, zebras, impalas, wilder beasts, and other animals that can only be found in Africa.
See the wide collection of flowers in the Ewanrigg National Park, which is just about a half hour trip from the city and get to see the tobacco auctions which are usually held from the months of April and October.
No visit to Harare would be complete without going on the Great Zimbabwe Day Trip. Tourists get to visit the famous Zimbabwe ruins, which gives a unique insight into the culture and heritage of not just the city but of the whole of Zimbabwe. Located south of the Sahara dessert, this is considered to be the largest historical site in the country. Harares’ strong appreciation for its cultural roots and historical beginnings is evident in the large number of well maintained older buildings. Walk down Central Avenue or the Mugabe Road and see The Mining Pension Fund Building and other turn of the century structures.
Harare’s gallery houses play hosts to valuable and interesting collections as well as international travel exhibitions and permanent display of Shona soft-stone carvings.
Tourists can also view the various diaries, notebooks and reports from the greatest names in African exploration that is housed in the National Archives.
Shape up your bargaining skills and experience shopping the traditional African way in the famous flea market of Mbare where you can buy everything from local products, scents and spices to modern day t-shirts, bags and shoes. Remember that haggling is an industry here, so don’t take the first offer you get, but hold out for a much lower price. With its collection of modern buildings, winding streets and wide thoroughfares, beautiful parks and gardens, Harare is truly a great travel experience. It invites you to take part of its lively vibrant culture and its loving people, why not take up the offer and enjoy yourself?
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