Harare is the capital city of Zimbabwe in southern Africa. Harare is Zimbabwe’s biggest city with a population of around 2 million; it is also the commercial capital of the country. The British founded the city in 1890 and called it Salisbury. When Zimbabwe gained independence in the early 1980’s, the name was changed to Harare after a Shona chief, Neharawa.
Harare is a fairly cosmopolitan capital, with an excellent climate. It is easy to walk around central Harare; there are lots of shops, parks, banks and restaurants in the city-center as well as high-rise office buildings. There are nicely maintained suburbs where the wealthier folks live along with several golf courses. The outskirts of Harare are filled with townships that are home to most of Harare’s workers.
Shona, Sindebele and English are the most common languages spoken in Harare.