Harare at a glance
A move to Harare is a rewarding one. The city has a cosmopolitan feel but still embraces its unique African spirit and closeness to nature. As the seat of government and the commercial and industrial centre of Zimbabwe, it's also a place that can fulfil your ambitions. Known fondly as the "Sunshine City", Harare has a sunny glow throughout the year. However, the name also speaks to the warmth and friendliness of its people who make living here an absolute pleasure.
A brief history of the area
You'll find history at every turn. Harare was previously named Fort Salisbury after the then British Prime Minister. When Zimbabwe gained its independence in 1982, the city was renamed Harare. The new name honours Chief Neharawa, a Shona chief. Despite Zimbabwe's economic and political challenges, Harare has become the country's leading city. It exports gold, maize, cotton, tobacco, citrus fruits, textiles and steel.
Harare has a warm and temperate climate. The average annual temperature is 18.4 °C. You'll find this quite mild for the tropics. The city's high altitude and cool south-easterly airflow will give you a welcome relief from the heat. The average annual rainfall is about 825 to 855 mm, depending on the part of the city you're in.
Schools in the area
Education is a great priority in Zimbabwe. You'll find this attention reflected in the well-regarded schools and tertiary institutions in the city.
Primary schools include Lusitania Primary School, Hellenic Primary School and Westridge Primary School.
Secondary schools include Chisipite Senior School, Westridge High School, Bishopslea Preparatory School for Girls, Gateway High School and Arundel School.
For tertiary education, look to the University of Zimbabwe, Harare Institute of Technology, the Catholic University of Zimbabwe or the Women's University in Africa.
Healthcare in the area
You have a variety of healthcare options in this city. Hospitals include Parirenyatwa General Hospital, Harare Central Hospital, The Avenues Clinic and Suburban Medical Centre. Harare boasts some of the best medical professionals in the country from general practitioners, plastic surgeons, ophthalmologists to dentists.
Whether you're looking for essentials, bargain hunting or a luxury experience, you'll love Harare's retail experience. Simply visit Chisi Walk Shopping Complex, Avondale Shopping Centre, Longcheng Plaza or Westgate Shopping Mall.
Distance from key points (Airport/CBD)
Harareans are fortunate to have an international airport located within the city. The driving distance from Harare to Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport is only 15,2 km. This will take you roughly 24 minutes to reach your destination.
Harare has a vibrant food scene. Explore the streets and you'll find an assortment of cuisines from African, Spanish to Chinese. The competition has raised quality, portion sizes and the affordability of dishes. Some of the best restaurants include Amanzi Restaurant, Victoria Twenty Two and Alo Alo Restaurant.
1. Zimbabwe Museum of Human Sciences: Trace the history of Zimbabwe and its culture.
2. National Heroes Acre: See a burial grounded dedicated to Patriotic Front guerrillas and contemporary Zimbabweans.
3. Mukuvisi Woodlands: Visit a forested green space that's rich with native wildlife and flora.
4. Balancing Rocks: Be amazed by these fascinating igneous rock wonders.
5. Harare Gardens: Pop in for a meditation session, picnic or stroll around this quaint park.
Make Harare your home. Let it be your story.
Harare will beguile you with its pleasant climate, sculptures, jacaranda-lined streets, bustling restaurants and delightful tea gardens. Get the most out of it with Seeff Zimbabwe. We have a number of properties available in Avondale, Chisipite and Borrowdale. To learn more, send us a message.