National Heroes Acre
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY1,134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Lot of history in the museum associated with the independence movement in Zimbabwe. Totally worth a visit and you need about 1.5 hours to see it all. Cost $10/pp adult, international, cash only.
Written July 24, 2022
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Chiko M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Friends
I enjoyed the experience at the Heroes acre, I understood the countries liberation struggle to independence. The only piece missing was Robert Mugabe the true son of Africa, I wish he was buried there too because he is not just a national Hero but the African.

The tour guide who was with me didn't know much about the place that was not good to me.
Written January 25, 2022
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Ana-Maria B
Cluj-Napoca, Romania1,348 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
The monument itself is far from town, so grab a cab. As it's so remote, you can pay a few dollars more for them to wait for you. It was funny as the cab driver had never seen the monument before and said he will take his family now too. The monument is quite unique and the museum, even if small, tells of a story I did not know. There's quite a bit to walk, so bring a bottle of water. Stairs too to climb, but totally worth it as you can see the city from the top.
Entrance fee is 10$ and you can take pictures too.
Written February 17, 2019
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midway42
Georgia3,375 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
Easily the most important political site in Harare if not all of Zimbabwe, Heroes Acre is located about ten minutes from the city center. The main premise of the monument is fairly universal to colonized countries: to commemorate those who have sacrificed in the revolution. In this case, the war in question was the Rhodesian Bush War that lasted from 1964 to Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980. Additionally, those who are deemed by the current regime to have dedicated their lives to the country in a sufficient fashion are given a resting place. The monument was designed by North Korea in conjunction with Zimbabwean architects, with construction starting in 1981.

I visited with my guide during my first full day in the city. There is a small museum at the entrance of the site with rotating exhibitions. On my visit this included a very moving review of the Chibondo massacre, atrocities committed by the Rhodeisan government (read: Ian Smith) in the 1970’s. After this we went to the memorial proper, just a minute’s drive from the entrance. Designed to look like an AK-47 (I did not see this comparison), it is made from black granite and includes a towering obelisk with the obligatory eternal flame looking over the statue of an unknown soldier. Two bronze friezes with revolutionary themes flank the base of the somewhat garish memorial, with the graves of those in question tastefully organized in a semi-circular fashion on terraces above. We departed after spending maybe an hour on-site.

Aesthetics aside, this was a valuable visit or several reasons. First, I had read several books over the past few months about the country and many of the main characters (Edgar Tekere, Joshua Nkomo, Sally Mugabe, etc.) were found here; it was satisfying to close the circle on their lives. Second, we were the only people visiting during a weekday morning, which added to the somewhat odd majesty of the surroundings. Lastly, the historical significance of the site cannot be overemphasized; it will likely continue to make history as there are two open graves next to Sally Mugabe, presumably for the recently deposed President and his second wife.

No visit to Washington D.C. is complete without visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Arlington National Cemetery. Ditto Harare and Heroes Acre; it’s a must see when in the city.
Written July 9, 2018
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Ripwalk
Elkhart, IN652 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
I'm surprised there aren't more reviews about this site. It's a historical monument that should be visited to better understand Zimbabwe.
Written May 12, 2018
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SirObey Chingarande
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Friends
National Heroes Acre or simply Heroes Acre is a burial ground and national monument in Harare, Zimbabwe. The 57-acre (230,000 m2) site is situated on a ridge seven kilometers from Harare, towards Norton. Its stated purpose is to commemorate Patriotic Front guerrillas killed during the Rhodesian Bush War, and contemporary Zimbabweans whose dedication or commitment to their country justify their internment at the shrine. Persons buried here are considered heroes by the incumbent Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front regime, which has administered the country since independence in 1980
Written March 11, 2018
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Smit R
Mumbai, India28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
A very serene & very well maintained site.Visited this place in the morning & could witness sunrise. It also offers enchanting city views.
Written September 10, 2018
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