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Bulawayo, Harare.

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The present day capital of Zimbabwe was founded in 1890 as Fort Salisbury; in honour of the then British prime minister, the 3rd Marquess of Salisbury.

The arrival of the railway from Beira, in Mozambique, nine years later helped to develop the settlement as a trading centre.

Salisbury became the capital of the British colony of Southern Rhodesia in 1923; and later served as the administrative capital of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, from 1953 to 1963.

The name Harare gained in popularity during the early 1980s.

An altitude of 1,500 metres results in a very pleasant climate. You can expect hot and dry weather in September and October, cool or cold and dry weather between May and August and warm and wet weather in November to April.

Be sure to visit the Old Colonial Mission Church; one of the oldest buildings in Harare.

Hotels in Harare.


The second largest city in Zimbabwe is in the south-west of the country, and has a train line to Victoria Falls. See Zambia.

Bulawayo was founded in 1893 on the site of defeated Matabele king Lobengula's  village, Gubulawayo, then moved south to its present site a hundred years later.

If you're in town for a couple of days, you can also visit the 18th-century African ruins of Khami.

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