Bulawayo

Bulawayo

The Bulawayo area has been populated since prehistoric times. The San (Bushman) people created their unique rock art in the caves of the Matobo Hills, the Rozvi kings built a stone city at Khami and the Ndebele nation gave the city its name. The city of Bulawayo was founded by the Ndebele king, uMzilikazi kaMatshobana around 1840 after the Ndebele people’s great trek from Zululand. During the 1893 Matabele War the invasion by British South Africa Company troops led the then king, Lobengula to flee from his burning capital and head north. British troops and white settlers then occupied the town, and in November 1893, Leander Starr Jameson declared Bulawayo a settlement under the rule of the British South Africa Company. Cecil John Rhodes ordered that the new settlement be built on the ruins of Lobengula’s royal town, which is where the State House stands today. In 1897, the new town of Bulawayo acquired the status of municipality, and in 1943, Bulawayo became a city.

Bulawayo boasts several interesting tourist attractions, including: the Museum of Natural History, showing magnificent displays of human history, minerals, African birds, insects and mammals, including the second largest mounted elephant in the world; the Railway Museum, with its collection of historical steam locomotives, rolling stock and station buildings, and a variety of exhibits dating from the earliest days of railway history; the Centenary and Central Parks, which were originally designed and constructed for the 1953 Central Africa Centenary Exhibition. The parks feature many palm-lined paths and expansive lawns, colourful flower displays, an aviary, putting course and a miniature railway which runs at weekends. There is also the National Art Gallery, which displays the beautifully restored colonial Douslin House, with a collection of traditional and modern art. A number of handmade batiks can be purchased here, as well as artwork, curios, sculptures, beadwork and genuine tribal artifacts.

In addition to these, there are a number of fantastic sites that are all within short distances from Bulawayo. These include: The Matobo Hills National Park, with its spiritual history, incredible natural beauty, and a very important White Rhino conservation program; The Khame Ruins, showing extensive terraces and passages supported by massive, late Iron Age stone walling, with relics and artefacts on display that are dated at over 10 000 years old; The Tshabalala Sanctuary, which is just 10km from Bulawayo, and contains herds of Zebra, Giraffe, Kudu, Impala, Wildebeest and Hartebeest and other smaller species; The Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage, which is a wildlife breeding and research centre, and home for orphaned, sick or abandoned wild animals, including lion, leopard, cheetah, black rhino and numerous antelope; and Mguza Nature Reserve, with hundreds of bird species. And just a few hours to the north is the world-famous Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls.

Generally, the best time to travel to Zimbabwe is between June and October. On average, the coolest month is June, and the most precipitation falls between December and February, which are the hottest months in the year in Zimbabwe. The best time to travel is in the middle of June till the end of October.


Tours that pass by...

  • Zambezi River Lodge Botswana Untouched Lodge Safari – 9 days

    Explore Botswana’s finest National Parks and the true African wilderness – untouched! Start your tour by experiencing the Greater Moremi. See giraffe, elephant, zebra, lion and wildebeest in the Moremi Game Reserve from your own 4×4 vehicle. Discover the Okavango Delta in traditional dugout canoes and enjoy Chobe National Park’s wildlife on a boat cruise on the Chobe River.

  • Bungee Jump Bungee Jump – Victoria Falls

    Experience the world-famous Victoria Falls in the most adventurous and unique way – with a bungee jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge.

  • Chobe Day Trip Chobe Day Trip

    The Chobe Day Trip will allow you to experience one of the most beautiful nature reserves in Southern Africa, near Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana.

  • Helicopter flight Helicopter Flight – Victoria Falls

    Jenman African Safaris offers you the chance to see the magnificent Victoria Falls by Helicopter flight to experience the ultimate birds-eye view of this breath-taking Natural Wonder.

  • Kruger experience Kruger Experience – Classic Package

    Enjoy a 4-day Kruger experience in one of Africa’s most popular national parks, the Kruger National Park. This adventurous experience offers the best game viewing opportunity possible with game drives through the park and optional bush walks, which allow you to get up close and personal with the wildlife of the Kruger National Park.

  • Cape Town experience Cape Town Experience – Classic Package

    The lively city of Cape Town has been named again and again as one of the top cities in the world to visit thanks to its wide range of activities, breathtaking scenery and variety of unique restaurants and markets. Explore all the amazing wonders that the Mother City has to offer this exciting 4 day Cape Town Experience. Enjoy your stay at the beautiful Sweet Ocean View Guest House, situated only 10 minutes away from the beach.

  • White Water Rafting White Water Rafting – Victoria Falls

    Enjoy a day filled with of adrenaline and action while white water rafting down the mighty Zambezi River within the Batoka Gorge.

  • Zambezi Queen Zambezi Queen and Hwange Package

    Experience incredible Zimbabwe in just 7 days; combine extensive wildlife viewing at Hwange National Park with pure relaxation and adventure while on a houseboat – the only way to experience the Chobe River.

  • Zambezi river canoeing Zambezi River Canoeing – Victoria Falls

    Experience a Zambezi River Canoeing adventure just above the Victoria Falls. Canoe with friends and family down the famous Zambezi River, for an exciting day trip!

  • Zambezi river Zambezi River Cruise – Victoria Falls

    Experience Victoria Falls on a sunset Zambezi River Cruise. This Zambezi River Cruise provides great game viewing of the Victoria Falls area!


Lodges nearby...

  • Bulawayo 1 Camp Hwange – Hwange, Zimbabwe

    Camp Hwange is situated approximately 180km from Victoria Falls and is ideally located on a private concession in the Sinamatella area, in the northern part of Hwange National Park.

  • Bulawayo 2 Elephant’s Eye Eco Lodge – Hwange, Zimbabwe

    Elephant’s Eye is a 4-star eco-lodge situated in Hwange National Park. Enjoy game drives in Hwange, explore our concession and enjoy our treehouse chalets.

  • Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Victoria Falls Safari Lodge – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is perfectly situated as it is only 4 km from the magnificent Victoria Falls and year-round game viewing at the on-site waterhole.

  • Bulawayo 3 Victoria Falls Safari Club – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    Victoria Falls Safari Club is located just 3km from Victora Falls town centre. Situated within magnificent grounds, the Safari Club offers uninterrupted views of the bushveld, wildlife and spectacular sunsets.

  • Victoria Falls River Lodge Victoria Falls River Lodge – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls River Lodge is a private game lodge situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, within the Zambezi National Park, close enough to the falls to be able to see the spray in the distance. The camp offers breath-taking game and bird viewing and each secluded tent has a private deck overlooking the river only 30 minutes from Victoria Falls town.

Jenman African Safaris Collection

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