Flight tickets from Pietermaritzburg to Bulawayo

Welcome to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe! This vibrant city is the second largest in the country and has a lot to offer its residents and visitors alike. From the stunning Victoria Falls and the iconic Khami Ruins to various entertainment and shopping venues, there’s something in Bulawayo to please just about anyone. Let’s take a look at this wonderful city and discover its history, culture, and attractions.

Getting to Know Bulawayo

Bulawayo is the second largest city in Zimbabwe with a population of 1.6 million people. It occupies the same time zone as Harare, the capital city, which is UTC+2. English is the official language in Zimbabwe, although local dialects such as Ndebele, Shona, and Kalanga are also spoken. The currency in Bulawayo is the Zimbabwean Dollar, however the US Dollar and South African Rand are also accepted.

Climate and Weather

Bulawayo, the second- largest city in Zimbabwe, experiences an arid climate classified as semi-arid or steppe climate, characterized by hot and dry summers, and relatively mild and dry winters. Rainfall mainly occurs during the summer months of October to March, while minimal rain falls during the winter months of April to September. The Bulawayo city centre records average temperatures of 14°C and 27°C during the winter and summer months respectively. During the winter months, temperatures can dip as low as 4°C with the occasional frost. Additionally, the city receives over 306 days of sunshine yearly and has a surprisingly low average annual precipitation of about 382mm. The topography of Bulawayo adds a moderating effect to temperatures allowing mild winters and cool summers. Furthermore, its location close to the Zimbabwean highveld results in high draughts making the area highly arid.

Touring Bulawayo: Airport and Transportation

There is only one airport in Bulawayo, known as Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport. A taxi from the airport to downtown Bulawayo will cost approximately 30 USD. Money exchange facilities are not available at the airport.

Exploring the Rich History and Culture of Bulawayo

  1. Bulawayo is known as the "City of Kings" and is the second-largest city in Zimbabwe, boasting a rich and diverse history and culture
  2. The city is home to the oldest living museum in sub-Saharan Africa, the Natural History Museum, housing artifacts and exhibitions dating back centuries.
  3. Visitors can experience traditional craftsmanship, performances, and cultural events such as the annual First Street Festival, held in November. During this event, guests can check out local art galleries, take part in workshops, and enjoy food vendors and live entertainment

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