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Bulawayo Travel Guide

INTRODUCTION

Bulawayo is one of the most important cities of Zimbabwe. For a very long time, the city remained the capital of the Matabeleland province but has now been separated from it. Bulawayo is the second largest city of Zimbabwe after the capital, Harare. It is often regarded as the business capital of the country due to the concentration of much of Zimbabwe’s economic activity in the city.

The tranquil city boasts a tranquil environment and is filled with thoroughfares that have been lined with trees. It is popular for its thriving nightlife, museums and landmarks. Bulawayo is surrounded by many world renowned tourist attractions that mainly account for tourism in Zimbabwe. Hence Bulawayo flights comprise a major portion of the world’s air traffic.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:

 Amakhosi Theatre Company:

Amakhosi Theatre Company is one of the pioneer theaters of Zimbabwe. It is home to many halls that stage world class performances by renowned actors of Zimbabwe. Only a cream of actors is approached by the directors in order to perform here. It is one of the few places in the country that are not funded by donors but by its members and viewers. Another stage has been constructed in the theater which will only showcase the performances of veteran actors of the country. Hence it is soon to become one of Zimbabwe’s most prestigious stages.

Amakhosi Theatre Company holds daily performances on its dance, music and fashion pavilions. Also there are exhibitions held on daily basis in the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Hall, Fine Arts Pavilion, Film and Video Pavillion, Theater Pavilion and Literature Pavilion. The literary exhibition includes poetry, readings and books and publications while the Theater Pavilion shows comedy, stand up comedy, drama, theater for development, scripts and public plays.

National Art Gallery:

This art gallery is situated in Douslin House, which is a grand double storey Victorian building. It was built in 1901. The National Art Gallery portrays Zimbabwe’s modern as well as ancient art. It is home to the largely acclaimed Shona sculptures.

Natural History Museum:

This museum houses specimens that illustrate the history of Zimbabwe’s wildlife and mineral wealth. It was opened in 1964 and is known to be the main museum of Bulawayo.

Zimbabwe National Railway Museum:

Since the fall of Zimbabwe National Railways, all the old locomotive of the country has been preserved in this museum. The museum showcases old trains introduced by the British.

Others:

The ruins of an ancient city known as Khami Ruins, Hwange National Park, Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage and Research Center, Matobo National Park and Victoria Falls, all surround the city to compel travelers to grab cheap flights to Bulawayo and reach here.   

WEATHER:

1st Quarter:

January in Bulawayo sees the lowest sunshine timings which have been recorded at 7 hours. It is the lowest in the whole year. February and Mach enjoy 8 hours of sunlight while temperatures remain bearable all throughout the quarter at 15oC and a highest of 27oC. The records have been set by February dropping the temperatures to 8oC January when the temperature went as high as 36oC. Humidity percentage is high in the day time hours at 70%, 74% and 72% in January, February and March respectively while by the evening; they drop to 51%, 52% and 40%. Highest precipitation of the year is enjoyed by January with 142mm and second highest by February with 109mm. March sees 84mm of rain as well as the lowest number of rainy days of the first quarter at 9. January enjoys 14 rainy days while February sees 11.

2nd Quarter:

Considered the best time of the year to visit Bulawayo, the second quarter sees no humidity discomfort, especially in May and June. Also sunshine hours are 9 in April and May and 10 in June. Lowest average temperatures can make June colder at 7oC while April and may enjoy 13oC and 9oC respectively. To rise, temperatures can be recorded up to 26oC in the first month of the second quarter which falls to 23oC and 21oC in May and June respectively. These months are comparatively drier with humidity levels no higher than 63% in April and rainfalls no more than 18mm in April. This is when most people want to get flights to Bulawayo.

3rd Quarter:

With the 3rd quarter, sets in, the driest time of the year in Bulawayo. There is no discomforting humidity in July and August while in September, it remains moderate. There is absolutely no rainfall in the first two months of the third quarter while the last month sees 5mm precipitation and an average of 1 wet day. Dew percentages remain at a norm of 52%, 46% and 42% in daytimes and 29%, 26% and 24% in the evenings of July, august and September respectively. Highest sunshine hours of Bulawayo are seen in August and September along with June at 10 hours per day. Temperatures ranges of July are 7oC to 21oC, August are 9oC to 21oC and those of September are 12oC to 27oC but the highest temperatures of the here respective months have been recorded up to 28oC, 32oC and 36oC. July and August have seen 0oC at the lowest however it is relatively uncommon.    

4th Quarter:

Fourth quarter brings in a norm in weather conditions making it perfectly comfortable for locals as well as tourists. Average sunshine times of 8 or 9 hours with pleasant temperatures of 15oC at the lowest and 29oC at the highest are experienced. Humidity levels during the three months of October, November and December are moderate while December sees the second highest precipitation at 122mm. This month also sees the most rainy days at 12.