Mbare is a high density suburb located in the south of Harare with the coordinates 17° 51' 29" South and 31° 2' 14" East. Mbare is the oldest suburb and have popular trading markets such as Mbare Musika and Mupedzanhamo. The former is for vegetables and fruits and the latter for cheap clothing. Additionally, the suburb is also the major bus station for rural bound and incoming transport in the whole of Zimbabwe.


The suburb was the first settlement to be built by the Pioneer Column when it arrived in Zimbabwe in 1907 for migrant workers.[1] The settlement was built on the Salisbury Kopje, where the Magaba and Nenyere Flats now stand. originally, the land on which it was built used to belong to the Chivero chiefdom, which shared boundaries with Chief Seke’s mini-empire.

The suburb has a historical importance as the first Zimbabwean township[2] and the home for the 20-time league champions, Dynamos. The latter was even nicknamed DeMbare after the suburb's name.


It is believed that Mbare's economy runs into millions of dollars that are exchanged in the vegetable market, Mbare Musika. [3] This is where most households and vendors buy fruits and vegetables for home use and for commercial purposes respectively. Additionally, there is Mupedzanhamo Market (loosely translated 'end poverty'), where one can cheap clothes for as little as a dollar. All these activities bring in money to the suburb. An estimated 5 000 people are said to visit Mupedzanhamo daily.[4]


Siyaso in the Magaba area is somewhat the industrial hub of Mbare. The market area-cum industry is made up of many indigenous traders and manufacturers of various products. It is where all sorts of products are manufactured and sold; building material, car parts, farming equipment, household goods, timber, among others. The area is usually packed by customers who will be buying the seemingly affordable products of various types. The area has grwon to be one of the biggest informal markets in Zimbabwe where customers are presented with a wide range of locally produced products. [5]


Mupedzanhamo market provides space for hundreds of indigenous textile retailers and wholesalers to sell their products under one roof. The place is rather known for providing locals with affordable second-hand clothes, that are usually imported from Mozambique. The informal nature of the trading done at the place has earned at a number of names such as "Kotamai Botique" and "Pedigars". Thousands of locals who flock the place every day are welcomed by loud voices of traders announcing their products and the respective prices in a quest to attract more buyers.

Matapi Flats

Matapi flats are home to thousands of residents and are one of the biggest residential areas Zimbabwe. The flats are also one of the oldest urban residential settlements in the country. The flats are known for their visible dilapidated state, overcrowded houses and poor sanitation which greets visitors on the corner of every street. However, behind this sheet of seemingly miserable environment, the Matapi community is known for other positive attributes such as music creativity, art and success in the sporting arena.

Rufaro Stadium

Rufaro Stadium is the second biggest home of football in Zimbabwe after the National Sports Stadium. The 35 000 seater stadium is home to Dynamos Football Club which is one of the most successful football clubs in the country. The Stadium hosts various of the local football games in the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League as well as other international games. Residents of Mbare are credited for adding the vibe to most of local and international matches which take place at the stadium with their exciting music and entertaining dances.

Mbare Musika

The Musika side of Mbare is a busy market which sell mainly vegetable and other consumables. place has so much hype and activity because it is where local vegetable vendors buy their products everyday at wholesale prices and sell them in various parts of the city. The place also attracts customers from all corners of the country due to the affordability of products especially agricultural products which are supplied in bulk by farmers. They place is also known for producing fresh agricultural products which come usually every morning from various farming areas of the country.

Mbare Musika Terminus

The terminus connects the city to all the parts of the country. It has bus ranks which connect Harare with the remainder of the country's provinces. Mbare Musika bus terminus has also accumulated fame over the years because it is the entry point into Harare; where most people from the rural divide of the country pass through on their way to other parts of the Harare in particular and Zimbabwe in general.

Mai Musodzi Hall

Stodart Hall

Pioneer Cemetry


  1. Kasa,Mbare’s new rulers, 'Kasa', Published: Feb 2012, Retrieved: 25 Apr 2014
  2. Professor Joseph D Lewandowski and Professor Gregory W Streich,Urban Social Capital: Civil Society and City Life.Page:213.'Ashgate Publishing Limited', 2012.
  3. Administrator, MBARE THE OTHER SIDE OF HARARE, Zimbabwe Association of Female Photographers, Published: 14 Aug 2013, Retrieved: 25 Apr 2014
  4. Donewell Madzima, Mupedzanhamo: The fashion Mecca of Mbare, The Eye, Published: July 2013, Retrieved: 25 Apr 2014
  5. I. Mabasa, Mbare Suburb's Strange Rich History,The Herald, published:18 Nov 2014,retrieved:9 Feb 2015"