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National Gallery of Zimbabwe

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 […]

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National Heroes Acre

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 […]

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National Archives of Zimbabwe

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 […]

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Khami Ruins

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 […]

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Great Zimbabwe

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 […]

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Chapungu Kraal

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.

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Chapungu Sculpture Park

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 […]

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Bulawayo Railway Museum

Bulawayo Railway Museum (Prospect Avenue and Crew Road, Raylton suburb, Bulawayo) – for those passing through the Bulawayo area, this Museum is owned by the National Railways of Zimbabwe. Opened in 1972, the Museum displays a wealth of small exhibits and models as well as steam and diesel electric locomotives. Access is possible via the […]

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Africa Unity Square

Africa Unity Square (Jason Moyo Avenue, Harare) – this square was formerly known as Cecil Square (named after Cecil John Rhodes). This was the spot where colonial Harare was founded in September 1890 (which was named at the time Salisbury – a name that stayed until the country’s independence in 1980). This square got its […]

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About Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe, formerly known as Rhodesia, is a landlocked country located in southern Africa, sharing its southern border with South Africa, while Botswana is to its west, Zambia is to its north, and Mozambique lies to its east.   Zimbabwe derives its name from historical stone structures called “Great Zimbabwe” (houses of stone), the largest in […]