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is the capital of Zimbabwe and few African capitals make such a deep
impression on the visitor as this city does. With its modern high rise
buildings and vibrant cultural scene and dozens of interesting places to
visit. The city is laid out on a grid pattern, which makes it easier to
explore the wide jacaranda lined avenues by foot. It is a vibrant
cosmopolitan city, with shopping malls, cinemas, theatres, night clubs and
restaurants to suit everyone's budget. Named after a local hereditary
leader who used to live on a hill overlooking the city. Founded in 1890 by
the pioneer corps of Cecil John Rhodes, Harare was first named after the
British prime minister Lord Salisbury. Over the years the name changed
from Fort Salisbury to Salisbury and finally to Harare in 1982 after
Zimbabwe gained its independence.
Attractions in the city include many old
buildings which have been preserved, as well as many modern structures
such as the National Gallery and the National Archives.
The Gallery houses
not only a valuable and interesting national collection but also hosts
travelling international exhibitions and has a permanent display of some
outstanding Shona soft-stone carvings. The gallery can take considerable
credit for this achievement. It has played a crucial role, over recent
decades, in helping promote, to the present high level of artistic
excellence, the works which may be seen today.
The Archives houses the
priceless collection of Rhodesiana and Africana in the form of diaries,
notebooks and reports of various origins, that are housed in the National
Archives. Here will he found original works of some of the greatest names
in African exploration and missionary endeavour.
institutions which are well worth visiting include the Queen Victoria
Museum and the Queen Victoria National Library, both at the Civic
in Rotten Row.
Larvon Bird Gardens This is
home to hundreds of species of local and exotic birds.
Snake World Here
you will get a close up look at some of the most venomous snakes in the
world such as cobra, puff adder and black mambas.
Gardens This park is well renowned for its collection of aloes, cacti
and other succulents in the woodlands.
Lion & Cheetah Park After
a short drive out Harare you will get to see the lion and cheetah in their