Harare is the capital and also the largest city in Zimbabwe. The city itself has a population of roughly 1.6 million people while the metropolitan area has 2.8 million inhabitants. Harare was foundend in 1890 by Cecil Rhodes and his companions, but was named Salisbury at first and only became known as Harare since 1982. The city is located in the central northeastern part of the country at an elevation of almost 1,500 metres above sea level and functions as the administrative and commercial centre of the country. The city is not very popular amongst travellers, not only because of a lack of notable attractions, but also because of ongoing uncertainty about the future of the city and country.
The Harare International Festival of Arts is held annually at the end of April and is one of the largest events in the country. Featuring both local and international acts in the genres of music, theater, and visual arts, there is also a great arts and crafts market from which unique souvenirs can be purchased.
April is a busy month for Harare, at least festival-wise. April 15 to 16 marks the annual Jazz Festival. Famous African musicians take to the stage and there are workshops for budding talent. All of the proceeds go to charity and many students are given free entry.
Bookworms will be pleased to know that Harare hosts a topnotch literary event. The Zimbabwe International Book Fair, which takes place every July, is a celebration of the word in Zimbabwe. Nearly 100 publishers take part in the occasion, which is held at Harare Gardens. There is also a great program of talks and workshops by renowned authors for the general public to enjoy.
Held in Harare annually every August, the Zimbabwe International Film Festival spans 10 days and showcases the best feature films, shorts, and documentaries the region and abroad have to offer. It also hosts workshops, which are open to all attendees. The event is a non-political, not for profit initiative which aims to develop a network of creative individuals in the region.
Visitors who are lucky enough to visit in November should make a stop at the Harare International Food Festival. Still in its early years, the event is making an impact on the foodie and gourmet scene. Showcasing everything from international cuisine to regional wine, this festival brings together the best cuisine and chefs from around Zimbabwe and overseas to taste everything from wine and whiskey to paté and pasta, and you are sure to leave full.
Harare is located at higher altitude. Here, summers are close to 30 °C during the day, around 15 °C or 16 °C at night. Winters (June - September) are above 20 °C during the day, dropping to a rather chilly 7 °C at night. Most rain falls between December and February, close to 200 mm a month in some places. June to September is almost completely dry.
|Avg Max||26.2 °C||26 °C||26.2 °C||25.6 °C||23.8 °C||21.8 °C||21.6 °C||24.1 °C||28.4 °C||28.8 °C||27.6 °C||26.3 °C|
|Avg Min||15.8 °C||15.7 °C||14.5 °C||12.5 °C||9.3 °C||6.8 °C||6.5 °C||8.5 °C||11.7 °C||14.5 °C||15.5 °C||15.8 °C|
|Rainfall||190.8 mm||176.3 mm||99.1 mm||37.2 mm||7.4 mm||1.8 mm||2.3 mm||2.9 mm||6.5 mm||40.4 mm||93.2 mm||182.7 mm|
Harare International Airport (HRE) receives all international flights, among which are those withAir Zimbabwe, the national airline of the country. International flights include those to and from Beijing, Blantyre, Dar es Salaam, Dubai, Guangzhou, Johannesburg, Lilongwe, London, Lubumbashi, Lusaka, Nairobi and Singapore. Several other airlines from neighbouring countries fly to and from Harare.
Harare is connected by daily overnight trains with Mutare and Bulawayo.
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