Gweru, previously called Gwelo until the 1980s, is a city lying in the centre of Zimbabwe. The original name iKwelo was Ndebele for "The Steep Place" due to the high banks of Gweru River, where umkwelo aa ladder would be used to fetch water.
The city was initially a military outpost but grew to a city status in 1971 is the fifth largest cities in the country on population basis. is well connected to destinations across Zimbabwe via railway and road. If you're looking to explore other destinations beside the capital, Gweru is an essential stop on your tour.
A relatively mild climate means that Gweru can be enjoyed any month of the year, with June and July the mildest months for exploring. The abundance of flora in the city ensures a different shade of colour every month of the year; the purple of jacaranda trees, 50 shades of red by roses, bougainvillea, msasa trees, or poinsettias.
The city itself is home to several important monuments and landmarks. If you intend on doing some sightseeing during your visit to this corner of Zimbabwe, make sure you pencil in some time for a trip to the Boggie Clock Tower, named in honour of the 1920s town major, James Boggie. You'll also find plenty of boutique stalls and markets, all offering up a rich variety of regional delicacies and wares for you to spend your money on.
Some of the interesting places you can visit while in Gweru include the Gweru Millitary Museum, situated near the city centre, Gweru Memorial Library, the Antelope Park and the Gweru Civic Centre Gardens & Park to relax. Some of the other places you can visit near the city are Danamombe Ruins, the White Waters Dam, the Gwenoro Dam, the Naletale Ruins and Zinjanja & Bila Ruins.
Gweru makes an ideal choice for scenery photography, nature walks and mountain hikes.