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Harare In Photos – Mbare Market

After meeting some inspiration people at Sanganai, we had the opportunity to hop on a mini bus and take a city tour of Harare.

Harare is the capital city of Zimbabwe and is translated in the local Shona language as “one who doesn’t sleep”. While we’ve been to busier cities around the world, when you get out to the Mbare area it suddenly becomes very hectic.

Street Corner in Harare

Our first stop was a street corner in Mbare. Others on our bus had heard of some amazing street art painted onto the sides of buildings and were desperate to get some photos of them. The retro fence signs nearby were cool enough themselves!

Radiator Clinic Fence Sign in Harare

With that said, the detail of the paintings on the side of this building was incredible and so vibrant. Seriously impressive!

Street Art in Harare

It was then off to Mbare Market, the largest market in Harare for traditional artwork with collections of Shona sculptures, wooden crafts and basketry. The shopkeepers here were very friendly without being overly pushy.

Harare Market

Market Products in Harare

There was a large range of products at the covered market at Mbare and if it wasn’t so early in our trip, we probably would’ve stocked up on a lot. Things here are a lot cheaper than you’d find in touristy parts of the country such as Victoria Falls.

Harare Market Products

While the products were nice, it was the smiling faces that touched us the most. Despite not having much, everybody here seemed so happy and welcomed us for quick chats and to take photos of them and their products.


And the children were just adorable!

Kid in Harare Market

We were fascinated by how all of the women carried around their infants in baby slings made of cloth.

Baby Slings in Harare

As the bus left Mbare, we were lucky enough to see one more impressive display of Harare street art. Not the best photo but you can still a good idea of what it looked like.

More Harare Street Art

This was our first real taste of Africa. And we were in love!


  1. Posted November 14, 2013 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    Love the street art! So vibrant!
    Rika recently posted..Roatan Month 15 Roundup

    • Posted November 18, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

      The street art was amazing – so much detail and so unexpected!

  2. Posted November 15, 2013 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous street art – especially that first piece. We’ve also seen women carrying babies in cloth slings like that in South America, mostly in Bolivia actually. Looks like a fascinating place!
    Sam recently posted..300 Days of Travel

    • Posted November 18, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

      Agreed Sam – the first piece was so incredible. It’s amazing to see everyone carrying their babies and toddlers around like that – don’t think we saw a stroller the entire time! A very fascinating place and one we hope to get back to one day.

  3. Posted November 16, 2013 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    I absolutely love those giant murals of the kids’ faces.

  4. Posted November 22, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    what a great experience! these people are so photogenic! love the street art
    Rebecca recently posted..Chapter 69: We finally get into the Alhambra

  5. Posted December 3, 2013 at 1:35 am | Permalink

    My husband’s family carries their babies around in those slings and I’m always standing behind them just waiting for them to slip off!

    Your African experience sounds wonderful so far! We’re headed to Nigeria in a couple of months and I can’t wait!
    Jan recently posted..Scuba Diving in the Gili Islands of Indonesia

  6. Posted December 9, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    Yup, the street art is fantastic, very colorful and vibrant. Harare seems to be an unusual destination.
    Renuka recently posted..Mehrangarh Fort – A Photo Essay (Part Two)

  7. Posted January 18, 2014 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Amazing photos…I really love the graffiti you caught! And the smile of the people…awesome.
    Ryan recently posted..How I survived the bumbling bus from Bangkok to Phuket

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