Zimbabwe’s capital city is Harare. Harare is Zimbabwe’s leading financial, commercial, and communications center, and a trade center. The city was founded in 1890 by a Pioneer Column, which was a military volunteer force organized by Cecil Rhodes. Harare was given the status of a fort at that time. It was then known by the name of ‘Fort Salisbury’. The city was the capital of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland from 1953 to 1963, and from then was the capital of Southern Rhodesia. The name of the city was changed to Harare on 18 April 1982, the second anniversary of Zimbabwean independence, taking its name from the village near Harare Kopje of the Shona chief Neharawa, whose nickname was “he who does not sleep.
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Total Capacity – 752 900.
As the capital City of Zimbabwe, Harare is the hub of the country’s activities. Most visitors to the country’s major tourist attractions arrive in Harare and spend some time in the capital before traveling to Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba, the Eastern highlands or the Great Zimbabwe historical monument which is in Masvingo and from which the country takes its name.
Greater Harare or Harare Province includes Harare Urban (1.5 million), Harare Rural, Chitungwiza and Epworth which has a population of about 2.1 million. The current Mayor is Bernard Gabriel Manyenyeni.
City Statistics Courtesy of City of Harare
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