Harare is the capital of Zimbabwe. It is Zimbabwe's leading financial, commercial, and communications centre, and a trade centre for tobacco, maize, cotton, and citrus fruits. Manufactured goods include textiles, steel and chemicals, and gold is mined in the area. Harare is situated at an elevation of 1483 metres (4865 feet) and its climate falls into the warm temperate category.


There are three main types of street scene for the visitor to Harare. The fairly orderly streets of ‘town’, with its high-rise buildings ranging from cool to quirky. There’s the quiet, green suburban streets (known as ‘low density’ areas), which heave with oversized gardens (with tennis courts and pools) spilling out over high, house-concealing walls onto handsome grass-and-tree-lined roads, which are busy with knitting uniformed maids, gentlemen on bicycles and snappily dressed school kids. And then there’s the transit routes out of town, dotted with designated pick-up spots and hoards of hopefuls waiting patiently for rides to their rural areas.