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Tree-lined avenues and parks amongst the charming colonial architecture are what make Bulawayo (the second largest city in Zimbabwe) so attractive.

This city is home to world renowned attractions like the amazing Victoria Falls and Khami Ruins, guaranteeing that every visit is more unforgettable than the next.

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Why visit Bulawayo?

  • Explore Bulawayo from the Victorian architecture which gives a unique character to this place, to the country's natural history museum, the perfect portrayal of its history!
  • Visit the beautiful Matobo National Park- a major tourist attraction that contains fantastic rock formations, and scenic views of Maleme Dam!
  • Have a fun-filled day visiting the Bulawayo Art Gallery which is housed in one of the most attractive turn of the century buildings, you might want to take your camera with!
Zimbabwean Dollar ($)
Dialing Code:
00 + 263 + Local Number
Exchange Rate:
~1 ZAR: ~0.063 USD
Time Zone:
Drives on the left
Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport
Travel Adaptor:
Type D/ G (voltage: 240 V: frequency: 50 Hz)

Zimbabwe offers a very pleasant year-round climate.

If there were a good time to visit this city it would be between June and October.

The languages spoken in Bulawayo consist of; English, Ndebele, and Shona.

  • Bulawayo was founded by the Ndebele king Lobengula, who is the son of King Mzilikazi kaMatshobana who settled in modern-day Zimbabwe around the 1840s, after the Ndebele people's great trek from Zululand.
  • Bulawayo is known as 'The City of Kings'.
  • Charles Duly who had a cycle agency in Bulawayo imported a French 6½ horsepower 'Gladiator', which was the first car to arrive on Rhodesian soil, into Bulawayo.

This city is not filled with many sight-seeing attractions, but they make up for it with the culture and the rich history that fills this place with such charm.

The many cultural places on interest include places like the Bulawayo Railway Museum- a museum that is next to Bulawayo railway station in Zimbabwe.

There are several exhibits of the history of railways that feature the way the times were previously in Zimbabwe and Rhodesia. This city is also located near some great spots that offer an array of opportunities to experience wildlife up-close and personal. From the Tshabalala Sanctuary that contains herds of; Zebras, Giraffes, Kudus, Impalas, Wildebeests and Hartebeests, to the Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage, which is a wildlife breeding and research centre and home for orphaned, sick or abandoned wild animals.

Other attractions in this city include:

  • Mguza Nature Reserve
  • Hwange National Park
  • Victoria Falls

Zimbabwean cuisine usually consists of traditional staples like maize/ corn which is otherwise known as Sadza and it is used in a variety of dishes.

. Other famous dishes that should be tried include dishes such as peanut butter rice and for those adventurous eaters the mopane worms are a Bulawayo favourite. The best restaurants in this city include:

  • Indaba Book Café
  • 26 On Park
  • The Cattleman Steakhouse
  • Déjà vu
  • Middy’s Coffee Shop
  • The Coach House Rest
  • Roosters
  • The Kraal Restaurant

The majority of individuals in Zimbabwe follow Western Christian denominations which include Roman Catholicism, Anglicanism, and Methodism.

The residents in Bulawayo are very welcoming and friendly, it may be a traditional city -full of culture and history, but it is a city that welcomes all ethnicities.

Bulawayo is a very safe city, but like all big cities there are good and bad areas. Individuals should remain vigilant at all times. Do not walk around with valuables while sight-seeing, it is advised to not walk the streets late at night as it can be dangerous.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Bulawayo
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 157.65
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 17.97
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 40.72
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 83.30
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 31.53

Bulawayo Airport (code: BUQ) is now referred to as Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport.

Bulawayo’s Airport serves Air Zimbabwe and SA Airlink flights from Johannesburg, South Africa.

The airport is located about 24km from Bulawayo town centre and passengers can get transfers by taxis, shuttle or buses. Car Rentals at the airport include Avis.

Lastly, South African passport holders do not need a visa in order to visit Zimbabwe.

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The information on this page is correct as of August 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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