I was amazed at the variety of shops available in the Borrowdale shopping plaza in Harare! It was a very well constructed area of brick stores serving all shopping needs. The overall layout and ambience of the complex was quite pleasing to the eye as well. Even for a guy who doesn't care much for spending my time in close proximity to stores, this was enjoyable!
This is really a compound, the closest thing to an American mall one is likely to find - a courtyard surrounded by lots of different shops, offering everything from antiques to local crafts to groceries, to meals and drinks.
What to buy: Forget the antiques (unless you live locally) - the crafts and the candy made in Harare are what caught my eye. And of course by the time you get here, a cold drink and snack will seem like a really good idea.
What to pay: Everything seems cheap given the dreadful inflation. While items might cost a bit more here than directly from teh crafter, the shopkeeper has done all the work of selecting the best work and bringing it to one convenient location.
If you wanna look the part in Victoria Falls, check out this shop, that sells the best rafting clothes and other funky atire.
What to buy: I bought a really cool fitted t-shirt with crazy monkey patterns on and a rafing cap only to be worn in Africa of course ;-)
What to pay: My top cost about $15
The sculptors of Zimbabwe, especially of the Tengenenge Art Community are very known.
I like the smooth shiny forms from the first time I saw an exhibition in the Netherlands.
At the moment there are several galleries in Europe selling the Zimbabwean sculptures.
Some sculptors visit workshops abroad.
In Harare and many other cities there is a lot of choice of all kind of sculptures: cheap, expensive, heavy or very heavy, amateur- and professional work, tiny or huge ..... choice for everybody
What to pay: variable
In Bulawayo and Harare we found some shops with very nice decorated cloth.
We bought some cushions slopes, a bed cloth and a table cloth.
Back in Europe we bought the same imported cloth from Zimbabwe. So we did in Germany and the Netherlands.
In Masvingo we spotted a very special shop, selling clothes for men, women and children and all kind of other goods.
It was a shop called "Ali & Co", after our names, so we made a picture of it and had a little talk with the shopkeeper and his wife.
Really two of them. Can't remember the
names. But in the market place attached to
MEIKLES HOTEL. Many different kinds of shops there.
What to buy: The wood carvings!! Thats what I wanted, you
may want something else. OK, you may find it.
I picked up a detailed elephant, rhino ans a
very pretty cheetah!! Also, this table cloth.
What to pay: Any where from $10.00 to $100.00US!
For my old Nike shoes I barted an heavy wooden buffalo!
Beware of prices, they ask more then twice money for every thing...
Zambezi River, 80 km from Victoria Falls, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Good for: Solo
Corner 3rd Street/Jason Moyo Avenue, Harare, Zimbabwe
Good for: Solo
service was allright rooms are very basic, clean but a little used the restaurant was a posivtive...more