Must see attractions in Harare

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    National Heroes' Acre

    The grandiose obelisk of Heroes' Acre, overlooking the town, is straight out of Pyongyang, yet lies just 7km from Harare. Designed with the assistance of North Korea, it serves as a sombre memorial to the forces who died during the Second Chimurenga. There's a giant socialist-realism statue of the unknown soldier (actually three soldiers), flanked by bronze friezes depicting stirring war victories. Entrance is free, but there's an admission fee for the interesting museum dedicated to the resistance movement.

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    National Gallery of Zimbabwe

    In the southeast corner of Harare Gardens, this lovely gallery has multiple spaces exhibiting a mix of contemporary local, African and international artists. Shows change monthly, with a mix of paintings, photography, stone sculptures, masks and carvings. The attached shop is an excellent place to stock up on crafts and books on Zimbabwean art, before coffee and cake in the cafe. There's an open-air Shona sculpture garden outside.

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    Delta Gallery

    A must for contemporary art lovers is this gallery inside the charming colonial house of eminent Rhodesian painter Robert Paul (1906–79). It showcases wonderful works by contemporary Zimbabwean artists, with shows held monthly.

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    Wild is Life

    A wildlife sanctuary with a difference – sip on afternoon tea and champagne while getting a hands-on experience with the injured, rescued or orphaned animals here. Located near the airport. You need to book well in advance and children under 12 are not permitted.

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    Mukuvisi Woodlands Environmental Centre

    Only 7km from the city, most of the 265 hectares here are natural msasa parkland where zebras, giraffes and antelope species roam free. View from the platform (bring binoculars) or on foot with a safari guide (US$10), or go on a horse safari (adult/child $15/12) at 8.30am, 11am and 3pm. Sundays are a good time to visit because you can cycle or walk about without a guide. Birdwatching is excellent ($20 for three hours). Note that there are some depressing animal enclosures.

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    National Botanic Gardens

    If you thought Harare couldn't get any more relaxed, you clearly haven't visited its botanical gardens. Spread over 68 hectares, it's an extremely peaceful spot, showcasing 90% of the different ecological habitats found in Zimbabwe. However, it's suffering neglect from recent drought and lack of funding. A bicycle is the ideal way to get around; hire one from It's a Small World. Its restaurant is a pleasant spot for lunch; otherwise pack a picnic to enjoy on the lawns.

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    National Archives of Zimbabwe

    Founded in 1935, this building is the repository for the history of Rhodesia and modern Zimbabwe. It's worth a visit to see artefacts, photos, accounts of early explorers and settlers, and displays about the Second Chimurenga and pre-colonial Zimbabwe. There are original newspaper clippings from significant moments in history, oil paintings and the first Union Jack flag raised in Harare (then known as Fort Salisbury) in 1890. To get here, take Churchill Ave off Borrowdale Rd, from where it's signed.

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    Eastgate Centre

    Inspired by the ruins of Great Zimbabwe, the Eastgate Centre shopping complex is noteworthy for its sustainable design based on a termite mound, which allows for natural cooling and ventilation. Completed in 1996, it uses 10% of the energy of other buildings its size. It was designed by Harare architect Mick Pearce, who's worked on similar eco-buildings around the world.

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    Tobacco Floor

    Not quite the NY stock exchange but certainly fast paced. Get among the action on the floors where farmers on one side sell bales of tobacco to brokers on the other. Tobacco used to be one of Zimbabwe’s major foreign-exchange earners and the country produced the best leaf in the world. Auctions only take place from around February to July.

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    Tsoko Gallery

    This quality art gallery focuses on mixed media and avant-garde works by cutting-edge Zimbabwean artists; it's located in the Doon Estate complex. Its name translates to 'monkey' in Shona, in reference to the vervet monkeys that run amok in the area.

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    Harare Gardens

    This is the city's largest park and a popular spot with locals to hang out. Look for the island-like stand of rainforest with its miniature Victoria Falls (minus the water) and Zambezi Gorge. Don't linger here after dusk.

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    Chiremba Balancing Rocks

    Balancing rocks can be found in many places in Zimbabwe, but these are probably the most famous. They're located 13km southeast of Harare, off Chiremba Rd. It's run by the National Monuments of Zimbabwe, so admission is a bit pricey, especially considering it's currently a bit neglected and overgrown.

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    Anglican Cathedral

    Designed by notable British architect Sir Herbert Baker in 1913, this attractive sandstone church wasn't built for another 50 years.

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    Central Baptist Church

    Centrally located church that has several sittings for its Sunday service.