Independent, impartial reviews of Bulawayo from SafariNow users
Bulawayo is the greatest city in Zimbabwe with beautiful gardens, good shopping and comfortable accommodation. The World Heritage listed Matobo Hills and Khami ruins and Chipingali Wildlife Sanctuary are but a few of the great, easily accessible attractions on its doorstep.
07 May 2013
Run down and neglected. Sad to come back and see a once thriving town looking so sad and bleak. Fortunately the people there are still the best. So good to see Eskimo Hut still up and running and the ice cream is as good as I remembered it 30 yrs ago.
18 September 2012
What a christmas in Bulawayo,I loved it,if it can happen again.The city view described great archtect. Spent three nights full of peace.
14 September 2012
It was a warm welcome from Garda Lodge in Bulawayo after travelling all the way from Norton.We spend four days in Bulawayo visiting various places including the famous Matopos.Travelling was not boring for Bulawayo has got wide roads in the city centre.We enjoyed our stay at Garda lodge.
05 September 2012
What a welcome home from home we got at Southern Comfort Lodge in Bulawayo.After travelling for two days from cape town
29 August 2012
Derek Green Green
I really enjoyed my stay in Bulawayo. People were very friendly, especially our hosts at the Garda Lodge. Would definitely visit again in the future.
20 August 2012
The City of Bulawayo is situated in the South West area of Zimbabwe. It is equidistant from the Capital City of Harare to the North East, and Victoria Falls to the North West on the Zambesi River, both of which are easily accessible by a good road, air service or by overnight train. A car trip to either destination takes about 4½ to 5 hours. En route to The Falls is the Hwange Game Reserve, arguably one of the finest in the World, about the size of Belgium, and likely to be one of the highlights of any visit to Zimbabwe.
Bulawayo has about one million inhabitants and the City is divided into three main areas – the City centre comprising commerce and industry, the Western suburbs being high density, and the more opulent Eastern Suburbs. The City centre is particularly attractive with excellent shopping, plenty of restaurants and cafés, and especially wide streets. These are a legacy from the founder of the then Southern Rhodesia, Cecil John Rhodes who decreed that the roads in the town should be wide enough to turn a wagon with a full span of oxen.
The climate is almost perfect. The rainy season runs from October to about March and is the hottest time of the year with temperatures reaching the upper thirties celsius, whereas the dry season has cooler days and can occasionally reach freezing point - but only for an odd day or so.
The city boasts excellent accommodation for visitors ranging from very well appointed hotels to numerous lodges offering full board or self catering.
The shopping is very varied with the usual provisions, supermarkets and dairy produce. There are furniture shops, fabrics, hardware, kitchen ware, electrical and electronic items, and particularly game viewing accessories including clothing and souvenirs. There are a number of hunting safari organisations which can offer game viewing or hunting expeditions both within and outside Zimbabwe.
There is much to attract the visitor. There is a constant stream of entertainment with a very active theatre, a world famous natural history museum, numerous cinemas, and a Music Academy which shows regular DVD’s of opera, ballet and musical plays. There is an attractive recreational area at the Hillside Dams about 2 km's from the town centre and a small game park about 3 km’s away, well stocked with a variety of wild life.
South Central Africa is renowned for its wild life and no City could be better placed. The area south west of the City, known as The Matopos, about 25 km’s away on a good road is an International Heritage Site where Cecil Rhodes is buried. It is an area of superb weathered granite rock formations and magnificent sites for walking, climbing and also picnicking. There is also an excellent game park there with a wide variety of wild life including leopard and rhino. The Chipangali Wild Life Orphanage can be found 25 km’s down the road towards Johannesburg, and this is a rescue operation for injured wild life, a research centre and a children’s educational base. Again a little way out of town are the enigmatic Khami Ruins of ancient origin, and well worth visiting.
17 August 2012
The nick name for Bulawayo is skies, because the skies in bulawayo are always blue. Bulawayo is a quiet town, a town of multi culture, the local people are friendly and hospitable. Bulawayo is mainly a town of transit to the great victoria falls and the Hwange National Park. Bulawayo hosts the famous grave of the late industrious missionary and explorer Cecil John Rhodes; his grave is situated in the matopas national park of which is a national monument. The Matopas National Park boasts extrodinary rock formations and is the home of the protected white rhino and many more other wild life. In the close vicinty of Bulawayo there is the world recognised wild life orphanage - Chipingali - which houses lions, rhino and many other orphaned animals. Bulawayo has an interesting national museum of which portrays the historic transition of yesterday, to the present. Bulawayo city of kings.
01 June 2012
Derek Green Green
The city was had a a friendly atmosphere and was very busy. However the countries political situation is not conducive to the people's welfare.
23 April 2012
The history is so amazing. The culture has been preserved. Places of interest include Vic Falls, Hwange National Park, Chipangala Wildlife, Matopos National Park and Museum, which is one of the biggest in Africa.
03 January 2012
A city in waiting - so much goodwill and anticipation of development.
12 July 2011