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Gweru: A Hidden Gem in the Heart of Zimbabwe


Located in the central region of Zimbabwe, Gweru is a city that often goes unnoticed by most travelers visiting the country.

However, those who do visit this hidden gem are in for a treat. Gweru is a city with a unique blend of historical and cultural heritage, natural beauty, and a vibrant community.

Gweru has a rich history that dates back to the pre-colonial era. The city was originally known as “Gwelo” and was a major centre for trade and commerce in the region.

Today, Gweru still retains much of its historical and cultural heritage, with several sites of interest for visitors.

One such site is the Gweru Military Museum, which houses a collection of military equipment, artifacts and exhibits showcasing the history and culture of the region.

Visitors can learn about the traditional lifestyles of the local communities, as well as the colonial and post-colonial history of Zimbabwe.

Another notable site in Gweru is the Antelope Park, a wildlife conservation centre that gives visitors an opportunity to witness the spectacular beauty of African wildlife up close.

The park is home to several species of animals, including lions, elephants, zebras, and giraffes.

Visitors can take part in a range of activities, from guided safari tours to horseback riding and bird watching.

Gweru is also home to some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in Zimbabwe.

Situated 5km from the CBD along the Gweru – Harare Highway, depicting an ethnic setting is the flagship of The Village Lodges Group; The Village Lodge. The single structured chalets with private parking bays live up to its brand origin of a warm rural homestead but at the same time offering the 21st century traveller a luxurious experience in brick under thatch.

The Village Lodges are a subsidiary of Size Investments Pvt Ltd, a wholly owned Zimbabwean entity which is currently operating in Gweru. Incorporated in 1993, the company business portfolio includes hospitality, agriculture, hardware and bricks & related products. The Village Lodges is a dynamic hospitality group aiming at providing exclusive products and services globally.

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The city is nestled in the heart of the Midlands region, which is known for its rolling hills, scenic valleys, and picturesque landscapes.

Another notable natural attraction in Gweru is the Chapungu Sculpture Park, a beautifully landscaped park that showcases the works of some of Zimbabwe’s most talented sculptors.

Visitors can take a leisurely stroll through the park, admiring the artistry and skill of the sculptures, while also enjoying the peaceful surroundings.

Gweru is also located in close proximity to one of the most significant geological features in Zimbabwe, the Great Dyke.

The Great Dyke is a massive, long, and narrow geological formation that stretches for over 500 kilometers across Zimbabwe, from north to south.

The dyke is an important source of precious metals, including platinum and chromium, and has played a significant role in the country’s economy.

Every year a regional radio station YAFM hosts Tour De Great Dyke, a cycling event exploring the geological formation and mining potential of the region.

The tour provides a unique opportunity to witness the geological wonders of Zimbabwe, while also gaining an understanding of the country’s natural resources and economic development.

Gweru is a city that offers visitors a unique blend of historical and cultural heritage, natural beauty, and a vibrant community.

it is also home to three radio stations including YAFM which set up an office in the city this year.

To celebrate all this, Buy Zimbabwe has partnered MEJRKH Communications to host the Great Dyke Awards a highly anticipated annual event that recognizes outstanding achievements in various sectors in the 550km stretch along the Great Dyke Region, that includes mining, agriculture, tourism and the manufacturing industry on the 16th of June 2023 in Gweru.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa is the invited Guest of Honour.


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