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.
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!
With that said, the detail of the paintings on the side of this building was incredible and so vibrant. Seriously impressive!
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.
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.
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!
We were fascinated by how all of the women carried around their infants in baby slings made of cloth.
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.
This was our first real taste of Africa. And we were in love!