Bulawayo is Zimbabwe’s second-largest city and is located approximately 439km (272mi) southwest of the capital, Harare.
The city is regarded as a regional tourism springboard to several tourist attractions in the country’s east, including Hwange National Park which is situated 281km (174mi) northwest of the city centre.  The city is located near several archaeological sites and its history as a modern settlement dates back to the mid-1800s.  Bulawayo has a relaxed ambiance, although years of economic difficulty are evident.  Still, the range of accommodations, wildlife sanctuaries, and places of cultural interest make it a worthwhile pre- or past safari stopover.

Plan Your Trip

Many visitors arriving in Bulawayo use it as a springboard to western Zimbabwe’s cultural and natural attractions, with convenient flights arriving regularly.  The city itself does have its share of highlights, including museums and wildlife sanctuaries.  Africa’s Eden member properties and local Africa travel agents can assist in planning your trip and arranging day tours, accommodation, and onward travel arrangements.  While the city has struggled economically, it still offers some good options for both dining and accommodation.  By day, Bulawayo is quite vibrant with a laid-back atmosphere.  As is common throughout the world though, tourists should be cautious with their belongings, refrain from exhibiting items of value, and not travel unaccompanied after dark.