The capital city of Zimbabwe, Harare, is a city of contemporary buildings, wide jacaranda-lined avenues and bustling activity. The city was designed to include large open spaces, which lead to a spacious environment that is, however, always buzzing with activity. As the industrial and commercial hub of Zimbabwe
, and home to over two million people, Harare is a popular destination for business men and women world-wide. Rightfully nicknamed the Sunshine City, it has a pleasant climate, with mostly warm and sunny days, and balmy nights.
There is a deep appreciation for Harare’s historical and cultural heritage, and a number of elegant, older buildings have been preserved in the city centre. Large open spaces were incorporated into the city-plan; the 68 hectare National Botanic Garden offers visitors a chance to view over 900 species of indigenous and exotic trees and shrubs. Similarly, the Mukuvisi Woodlands cover 277 hectares of preserved woodland only 5 kilometres from the city centre, and host a variety of animals such as zebra, giraffe, eland and wildebeest. For shopping excursions visit one of the many open flea-markets in Harare, where locals sell clothing, shoes and their hand-made craft.
The commercial core of the city is filled with high-rise buildings and busy roads, while the quiet, leafy suburbs on the outskirts contain a myriad of residential houses along the intersecting lawn and tree-lined roads. Lodges and hotels in Harare
can be found in both areas, entirely dependent upon the needs of visitors. Ballantyne Lodge, Highlands House and Amanzi Lodge are set in the tranquil, lush periphery of the city, while the five-star Meikles Hotel situates itself as a place of calm amidst the bustling city centre.
Harare is a city where one can conduct efficient, effective business, whilst still enjoying the creature comforts that they have come to expect. What’s more, a typically ‘African’ safari can be experienced just minutes away, one which will leave visitors enriched and satiated.