Flight tickets from Skukuza to Bulawayo

Welcome to Bulawayo, the second biggest city in Zimbabwe! Founded in 1893 by the Ndebele King Lobengula, Bulawayo has a fascinating history, interesting landmarks and a vibrant culture that visitors from all over the world come to experience. With its gentle pace of life and blend of Southern African and British influences, Bulawayo is full of surprises, offering amazing African hospitality, great cuisine, and an array of craft markets and galleries. Take a trip to Bulawayo and experience first- hand the warmth of the people and the natural beauty of the city!

Getting to Know Bulawayo

Bulawayo is the second largest city in Zimbabwe with a population estimated at 1,206,853 as of 2019. It is located in the western part of the country and has a subtropical highland climate with mostly warm temperatures year-round. It is known as the city of Kings for its traditional leadership of the Ndebele Kingdom. The time zone for Bulawayo is UTC +2. English is the official language, although Shona and Ndebele are also spoken. The currency is the Zimbabwe Dollar, which has faced tremendous inflation due to the country’s economic crisis.

Climate and Weather

Bulawayo is the second largest city in Zimbabwe and the climate is tropical. Temperatures are generally hot throughout the year due to the city's location in lowveld amidst the Kalahari Desert. Summer (November to April) is hot and dry with temperatures around 30-35°C (87-95°F), while winter (May to October) can be chilly at night, with temperatures dropping as low as 5-7°C (41-45°F). Rainfall primarily occurs during the summer months, with an average of 380mm annually. The city is characterized by its pleasant sunny days, except for during the hot weather, when clouds and storms appear in the late afternoon. Dust storms are a common occurrence in Bulawayo during the dry season, especially between December and March. Bulawayo has a moderate climate and is generally quite pleasant, making it a great place to visit any time of the year.

Touring Bulawayo: Airport and Transportation

There are two airports in Bulawayo. The main airport is Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport, which is the largest and busiest of the two, located 8 km south of downtown. The other is the Victoria Falls International Airport, a secondary, smaller airport located 140 km south of downtown. To get from the main airport to downtown in Bulawayo, you can take a taxi or ride-share services, like Uber or Bolt. The cost will depend on the distance and time of day. To downtown, it usually costs around US$10. No, you cannot change money at Bulawayo Airport. However, there are many banks and currency exchange locations around the city where you can exchange foreign currency for Zimbabwe dollars.

Exploring the Rich History and Culture of Bulawayo

  1. Bulawayo is the second largest city in Zimbabwe and contains a vibrant cultural heritage
  2. It is known as the 'City of Kings', with the Matabele King, Lobengula, having made it his capital in 1894.
  3. The city has a number of significant cultural festivals, such as Prosper Warladzo and the Ingoma, an annual dance festival

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