National Heroes Acre or simply Heroes Acre is a burial ground and national monument in Harare, Zimbabwe. The 23-hectare (57-acre) site is situated on a ridge seven kilometres 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 interment 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 at 1980. Indeed, most of the recipients of the 'hero status' were known to be Zanu-PF sympathisers.Using our custom trip planner, Harare attractions like National Heroes Acre can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
The actual monument itself is modeled after two AK-47s lying back-to-back; the graves are meant to resemble their magazines. The monument is an early example of work of the North Korean firm Mansudae Overseas Projects. It closely mirrors the design of the Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery in Taesong-guyŏk, just outside Pyongyang, North Korea.
National Heroes Acre reviews
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..... more »
A very serene & very well maintained site.Visited this place in the morning & could witness sunrise. It also offers enchanting city views. more »
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... more »
Yes! They allow all to visit their heroes. One must pay USD20 to enter
A must-visit site if you are in Harare. If you are touring without a guide you will need to have a good appreciation of Zimbabwean history. Pamphlets or booklets which provide details about the monument are not readily available so unguided tours can be very flat. Worth a visit non-the-less.
Always good to remember our Heroes.
A good place to learn the liberation war history between Zimbabwe and Britain. There is a war history museum stocked with photographs and there are well trained tour guides to explain the symbols and design of the shrine.
An interesting place to visit!
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