“We’ll meet at the entrance to Pioneer Cemetery,” Nyati Tours’ managing director DJ confirmed. An odd meeting place perhaps, but in hindsight the perfect point to start a tour of a place steeped in history.
The following morning DJ introduced us to Garikayi Makuyah, founder of Harare City Tours. Garikayi has a Bachelor of Social Science, Sociology and Psychology degree, and while working as a project co-ordinator in South Africa, he realised how tourism had unlocked and supported communities living in places like Soweto. He returned home and started Harare City Tours in 2008. Ten years later the company is going strong and provides freelance employment for a number of Mbare’s residents.