Bulawayo

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General Information

Bulawayo is situated in the Matabeleland North province of Zimbabwe.  It is a bright and historically intriguing city.  With Harare becoming the seat of government in the colonial era, Bulawayo has largely been free from political tension, and today emits a peaceful and relaxed ambience.

Central Bulawayo has an enjoyable and understated atmosphere with wide, tree-lined avenues, shady green parks and old British colonial architecture.  Most of Bulawayo's population inhabits the high-density suburbs north-west of the centre.

Bulawayo has always been considered as the industrial and business capital of Zimbabwe and is home to the National Railways of Zimbabwe due its strategic position near Botswana and South Africa. It is the nearest large city to Hwange National Park, Matopo National Park and Victoria Falls.

The city has a relatively high altitude and therefore has a subtropical climate, despite it lying within the tropics.  

Accommodation in Bulawayo

Bulawayo offers a large selection of budget-friendly accommodation options. There are a range of bed and breakfasts, camping sites and lodges in the area. Please view our accommodation directory for more information on all the places to stay in the area.

Activities in Bulawayo

Bulawayo has a wide range of activities to do in the area, to keep the whole family entertained.  

Some of the things to do :-

  • Museum of Natural History – displays include 75,000 examples of wildlife indigenous to Zimbabwe.
  • Railway Museum – tells the story of rail in Zimbabwe.  It holds a collection of historic steam locomotives, railway offices and buildings.
  • Centenary and Central Parks – The vast Central and Centenary parks separate the business and suburb centres.  It is a pleasant area to enjoy a break and Centenary Park has a playground, miniature railway and a model-boat pond.
  • Douslin House & National Art Gallery – Douslin House is one of Bulawayo's finest buildings which holds the National Art Gallery's permanent art collections, including modern African art and paintings by local artists.
  • Mthwakazi Crafts – umbrella organisation of local craft groups made up of 800 artisans, mainly women and school leavers.
  • Mabukuwene National Reserve - A 12 hectare park in Burnside has a range of indigenous trees, plants and bird life.  There is also a wild aloe garden and a gazebo with a view across the city.
  • Tshabalala Wildlife Sanctuary – small sanctuary 8km from Bulawayo​, there is smaller wildlife e.g. antelopes, zebras, warthogs etc.
  • Matobo National Park – This park is a main attraction in the Bulawayo region.  Nature has created a work of art here with huge granite sculptures.  Matobo is rich in birdlife and wildlife and has the worlds greatest concentration of nesting sites of the Black Eagle.  
  • Golf courses.
  • Health studio.
  • Huge and beautiful "old style" Municipal swimming pool.
  • Shopping - various arts and crafts stalls.

Businesses

Bulawayo's business community is thriving. Tourists can find shops, stalls and souvenirs in the vicinity. The local restaurants are a culinary delight and there is something for every taste.

Please go to our business directory for a full list of businesses you can find in the region.

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