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.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Harare attractions

1. Anglican Cathedral

0.22 MILES

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

2. 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…

3. Harare Gardens

0.61 MILES

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…

5. Delta Gallery

0.95 MILES

A must for contemporary art lovers is this gallery inside the charming colonial house of eminent Rhodesian painter Robert Paul (1906–79). It showcases…

6. National Botanic Gardens

2.19 MILES

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…

8. National Archives of Zimbabwe

2.63 MILES

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…