Bulawayo is one of the largest cities in Zimbabwe. It is also known as City of Bluez, Skies and Kings. Being the second largest city in Zimbabwe, you can find it in the country’s South-West section and filled with people from all walks of life. The diversity has veritably transformed this place into a truly cosmopolitan one.
Though an industrial and business hub, it offers convenient access to Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park and Matobo National Park.
Must have local food: Steak and Kudu Carpaccio served by most of Bulawayo restaurants.
Attractions Near Bulawayo
Victoria Falls is the largest water fall in Africa. Victoria Falls offer plenty of recreational opportunities – Flying over the Falls for a bird’s eye, Bungee jumping, jet boats, sundowner cruising and white water rafting are some of the best activities that can be enjoyed here. In the surrounding games reserves you can see white rhinos, buffaloes, giraffe, elephants and much more here. Elephant safari is popular.
Hwange National Park is located on the main road between Victoria Falls and Bulawayo. The park is home to more than 400 species of birds and 100 mammals. You can view the country’s specially protected animals like gemsbok and brown hyena here. The main camp area can be accessed easily from the Bulawayo to Victoria Falls road. Walking safari led by professional guides is unique to the park.
Matobo National Park is 35 km from Bulawayo. With more than 200 species of trees, including wild pear, mountain acacia and paper bark tree this park is famous more for it flora than its fauna. You can also see wild herbs, aloes and more than 100 species of grass. The Park also has a wide selection of birds and animals, including black eagles, ostrich, wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, sable antelope, impala, white rhinoceros and leopard. The main camp of the park offer fantastic views of Maleme Dam. Caravan and camping sites are located here.
Travelling to Bulawayo
Bulawayo is located around 440 km away from the capital city Harare. Joshua Mqabuko Nkoma International Airport serves the city.
Seeing as how this city has been populated since prehistoric times, you can expect to see a wealth of archaeological reminders in the Museum of Natural History which hosts about 75,000 specimens, helping make it the second largest museum in all of the southern hemisphere. From all sorts of animal-life exhibits, including birds and insects, you’ll also see historical and mining showcases and the second-largest elephant ever to be mounted in pristine preserved form.
When you head to the beautiful Matobo Hills, you’ll see delicate cave paintings made by the San (Bushman) people who lived hundreds of thousands of years ago, and still do as disparate tribes. At Khami, another infamous location, you’ll find a stone city constructed by the Rozvi kings.
The city of Bulawayo is decked up with sensational tree-lined streets and absolutely stunning parks, something Cecil John Rhodes left behind as a legacy. Check out the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair, if you happen to catch it in due season. Exhibitors come from the SADC region and also from all over the world, looking to trade with Zimbabwe and open avenues of business.
Standing as one of the rarest of its genre, the Railway Museum hosts a splendid collection of railway memorabilia, from rolling stock and steam locomotives to station buildings. Other exhibits in here go back to 1897—that’s when the first steam engine made its way into the country.
The Bulawayo Amphitheatre is another amazing sight to see. The city has her own theatre and Philharmonic orchestra along with a music academy, where regional as well as international musicians come to play. Speaking of culture like this, check out the Amakhosi Cultural Centre, unique in South Africa. In the amphitheater here you’ll find dance, drama and traditional music melding into a wholesome bundle of self-expression on a par with the international scene.
The Bulawayo National Art Gallery adds an immense sense of class to the country’s façade. This is one of the National Gallery’s branches and calls the restored Douslin House its residence. This lovely traditional edifice contains sculpture and art, both modern as well as traditional. The workshops on site are actively crafting handmade batiks and there’s a shop where you can get sculptures, curios, artwork and authentic tribal artifacts to take back as memories.
You simply must see the The Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage. Here, sick and abandoned wild animals are taken care of. What with poaching still going strong, many baby animals find their parents being taken away too soon. They’re found and brought here, where they’re given all the love and attention they need. Don’t forget to contribute something to this noble cause.
Bulawayo is a zone of wealth, where your experiences have value and the memories you craft will never fade.