Zimbabwe Museum of Human Sciences (Civic Centre, Rotten Row, Harare) — the small Zimbabwe Museum of Human Sciences has enough fossils and dioramas to keep most museum buffs happy for an hour or so. The highlights are the archaeological displays and the exhibits of traditional Shona crafts, arts and music. The museum is a 10-minute […]
Town House (Harare) — The Town House dates back to 1933. This primarily Italian Renaissance-style structure houses the Mayoral, City Council and Town Clerk’s offices. The centerpiece of the gardens is a colorful floral clock and fountain. Free visits are available by calling the official numbers: +2634 781810 – 9.
Rhodes Grave (Matobo National Park) – located just outside of the regional city of Bulawayo (490 km. southwest of Harare), Cecil John Rhodes is buried at the top of Malindidzimu, known to the local tribes as “the hill of spirits” and to Rhodes as “World’s View”. There is the most incredible view out over the […]
National Gallery of Zimbabwe (20 Julius Nyerere Way, City Centre, Harare) – this is not just any art gallery. The National gallery showcases traditional Shona stone sculptures, along with paintings by local artists. Vibrant, honest and thought-provoking, visiting this gallery is a great way to learn about Zimbabwean culture. Parliament (Harare) — The Parliament was […]
National Heroes Acre (107 Rotten Row, Warren Park, Harare) — on a hill overlooking Harare is the obelisk of Heroes’ Acre. The Government of Zimbabwe started work on the Heroes Acre in September 12 1981, one year after Independence in Zimbabwe. The work was undertaken by the Government (and designed with the assistance of North […]
National Archives of Zimbabwe (Borrowdale Road, Gunhill, Harare) — founded in 1935, the National Archives of Zimbabwe is the repository for the history of Rhodesia and modern Zimbabwe. It features fascinating colonial artifacts and photos, accounts of early explorers and settlers, and a display about the Second Chimurenga (the country’s civil war that was conducted […]
Khami Ruins (Matabeleland) – for those touring the southwest regions of the country (where the modern city of Bulawayo is located), you are likely to run into the ruined city of Khami. It was once the capital of the Kingdom of Butua of the 15th century Torwa dynasty. It is located 460 kilometers southwest of […]
Great Zimbabwe (Lake Mutirikwe area) – located 322 km. south of Harare, this is the ruined city (near the town of Masvingo) which contains stone sculptures that were built in stages between 800 and 1500 A.D. by the ancestors of the Shona, one of Zimbabwe’s many Bantu-speaking groups. The ruins cover nearly 1,800 acres and […]
Chapungu Kraal (Msasa Park, Harare) — this is a reproduction of a 19th-century Shona village—complete with a traditional healer and soothsayer—and performances by traditional dance troupes on weekends. The kraal (an Afrikaans term for rural village) also holds an art gallery and sculpture gardens.
Chapungu Sculpture Park (Msasa Park, Harare) — located just southeast of downtown Harare, this park promotes the works of various local stone sculptors. Founded in 1970 by art promoter Roy Guthrie, stone sculptures made by Zimbabwean artists, of varying sizes, have gradually earned a following worldwide. In recent times, tours of such artwork have been […]