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Bulawayo is the second largest city in Zimbabwe after the capital Harare. Colloquially it is also known by various names such as “City of Kings”, Bluez Bulliesberg” or KoNthuthu ziyathunqa” or a place that continually exudes smoke. This phrase arose from the city’s historically large industrial base. The population of the city belongs to the Ndebele ethic and language group. Its wide tree-lined avenues, parks, rich colonial architecture along with lovely historic feel make it an attractive city to visit. Most the visitors come here as it is a gateway to Matobo National Park and an ideal staging point for Hwange National Park and Vic Falls. So whatever is on your mind book flights to Bulawayo and visit this attractive city.
Bulawayo is a laid-back place but still there are plenty of things that you can see and do over here. Start your sightseeing trip to Bulawayo with its main attraction the Matodo National Park which is a short drive away from the city centre. It is an expanse of granite hills and rock formations and has its spiritual significance as well. It has an extraordinary beautiful landscape, intriguing rock art and geological wonders which all make it a UNESCO World Heritage site which also holds the greatest concentration of leopards in Zimbabwe. Spend some time at Natural History Museum where you can get the comprehensive and general overview of different animals local to this region and Africa and get pretty educational exhibitions of the regions geology. You surely enjoy visiting Bulawayo Rail Museum which has a well preserved collection of everything related to trains. See rescued animals at Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage where the injured animals are rescued, cared for and prepared to release if possible. Here you will find a range of animals from leopards to bush babies who call Chipangali their home.
If you love local crafts then you just can’t afford to miss a visit to Mzilikazi Arts and Crafts Centre which is a home to art school community where the young talents learn the skills to become future artists. Here you can view and buy the local craft items ranging from pottery, ceramics, painting, sculptures, wood carving etc. Enjoy visiting the Khami Ruins similar to Great Zimbabwe ruins to capture the glimpses of pre-colonial Zimbabwean life. Don’t miss a short walk up to the Hill Complex where the elite lived and offer the lovely views of hill side. There is a picnic area as well where you can feel relaxed after your history walk. If you love wildlife then do visit the TShabalala Game Sanctuary which provides its visitors a great opportunity to explore the African bush on foot. In this park there are no dangerous animals so you have more freedom to explore it on your own. If you don’t want to miss all this fun and much more than just fly to Bulawayo and enjoy a fun-packed holiday trip.
The South African Airlines and Multiple Airlines offer flights to Bulawayo from the United Kingdom. The best time to fly Bulawayo is July. The most popular connecting city when flying from the United Kingdom to Bulawayo is Johannesburg. The cheapest flight route between both the destinations is London Heathrow- Bulawayo.
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