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Hotels of Bulawayo

A hotel in Bulawayo is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Bulawayo hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Bulawayo are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Bulawayo hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Bulawayo hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Bulawayo have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Bulawayo
An upscale full service hotel facility in Bulawayo that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Bulawayo hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Bulawayo
Full service Bulawayo hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Bulawayo
Boutique hotels of Bulawayo are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Bulawayo boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Bulawayo may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Bulawayo
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Bulawayo travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Bulawayo focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Bulawayo
Small to medium-sized Bulawayo hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Bulawayo traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Bulawayo hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Bulawayo
A bed and breakfast in Bulawayo is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Bulawayo bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Bulawayo B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Bulawayo
Bulawayo hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Bulawayo hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Bulawayo
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Bulawayo hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Bulawayo lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Bulawayo
Bulawayo timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Bulawayo often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Bulawayo on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Bulawayo
A Bulawayo motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Bulawayo for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Bulawayo motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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View of Bulawayo's Central Business District (CBD) from Pioneer House by Prince Phumulani Nyoni. The CBD is 5.4 square kilometres and is in a grid pattern with 17 avenues and 11 streets
View of Bulawayo's Central Business District (CBD) from Pioneer House by Prince Phumulani Nyoni. The CBD is 5.4 square kilometres and is in a grid pattern with 17 avenues and 11 streets
Flag of Bulawayo
Coat of arms of Bulawayo
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): 'City of Kings', 'Skies', 'Bluez' or 'Bulliesberg'
Motto: Siyephambili
Location in the Bulawayo Province
Location in the Bulawayo Province
Bulawayo is located in Zimbabwe
Location in the Bulawayo Province
Coordinates:  / -20.17000; 28.58000  / -20.17000; 28.58000
Country Zimbabwe
Province Bulawayo
District City of Bulawayo
Settled 1840
Incorporated (town) 1897
Incorporated (city) 1943
4 Districts, 29 Wards, 156 Suburbs
• Type Provincial Municipality
• Mayor Martin Moyo
• City 1,706.8 km (659.0 sq mi)
• Water 129.3 km (49.9 sq mi)
• Urban 993.5 km (383.6 sq mi)
• Metro 1,706.8 km (659.0 sq mi)
Elevation 1,358 m (4,455 ft)
Population (2016)
• City 1,200,337
• Density 700/km (1,800/sq mi)
• Urban 1,205,675
• Urban density 2,305/km (5,970/sq mi)
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
• Summer (DST) not observed (UTC+2)
Area code(s) 9
Climate Cwa
Website citybyo.co.zw

Bulawayo is the second-largest city in Zimbabwe after the capital Harare, with, as of the 2012 census, a population of 653,337. It is located in Matabeleland, 439 km (273 mi) southwest of Harare, and is now treated as a separate provincial area from Matabeleland. The capital of Matabeleland North is now Lupane, as Bulawayo is a stand-alone province.

Colloquially Bulawayo is also known by various names, these being the "City of Kings", "Skies", "Bluez", "Bulliesberg" or "KoNtuthu ziyathunqa" – a Ndebele phrase for "a place that continually exudes smoke". This name arose from the city's historically large industrial base. The majority of the Bulawayo's population belongs to the Ndebele ethnic and language group.

For a long time in Zimbabwe's history Bulawayo was regarded as the industrial centre of Zimbabwe and the city served as the hub to the country's rail network with the National Railways of Zimbabwe headquartered there because of its strategic position near Botswana and South Africa. It is the nearest large city to Hwange National Park, Matobo National Park and Victoria Falls.

Bulawayo: History

Inhabitant of Bulawayo, 1890
Bulawayo Scouts in 1893

The city was founded by the Ndebele king, Lobhengula the son of King Mzilikazi kaMatshobana who settled in modern-day Zimbabwe around the 1840s after the Ndebele people's great trek from Zululand. The name Bulawayo comes from the isiNdebele word KoBulawayo meaning "a place where he is being killed". It is thought that at the time of the formation of the city, there was a civil war and a group of Ndebeles not aligned to Prince Lobengula were fighting him as they felt he was not the heir to the throne, hence he gave his capital the name "where he (the prince) is being killed". It is said that when King Lobengula named the place "KoBulawayo" his generals asked "who is being killed mtanenkosi (prince)?" and he replied "Yimi umntwanenkosi engibulawayo", meaning "it's me the prince who is being killed". At the time Lobengula was just a prince fighting to ascend his father's (Mzilikazi) throne. It was common at the time for people to refer to Bulawayo as "KoBulawayo UmntwaneNkosi" "a place where they are fighting or rising against the prince". The name Bulawayo is imported from Nguniland which is a place once occupied by the Khumalo people. The place still exists and it is next to Richards Bay.

In the 1860s the city was further influenced by European intrigue and many colonial powers cast covetous eyes on Bulawayo and the land surrounding it. Britain made skilful use of private initiative in the shape of Cecil Rhodes and the Chartered Company to disarm the suspicion of her rivals. Lobengula once described Britain as a chameleon and himself as the fly.

During the 1893 Matabele War, the invasion by British South Africa Company troops forced King Lobengula to evacuate his followers, after first detonating munitions and setting fire to the town. BSAC troops and white settlers occupied the ruins. On 4 November 1893, Leander Starr Jameson declared Bulawayo a settlement under the rule of the British South Africa Company. Cecil Rhodes ordained that the new settlement be founded on the ruins of Lobengula's royal kraal, which is where the State House stands today. In 1897, the new town of Bulawayo acquired the status of municipality, Lt. Col. Harry White became one of the first mayors, and in 1943 Bulawayo became a city.

Bulawayo: Siege

At the outbreak of the Second Matabele War, in March 1896, Bulawayo was besieged by Ndebele forces, and a laager was established there for defensive purposes. The Ndebele had experienced the brutal effectiveness of the British Maxim guns in the First Matabele War, so they never mounted a significant attack against Bulawayo, even though over 10,000 Ndebele warriors could be seen near the town. Rather than wait passively, the settlers mounted patrols, called the Bulawayo Field Force, under legendary figures such as Frederick Selous and Frederick Russell Burnham. These patrols rode out to rescue any surviving settlers in the countryside, and attacked the Ndebele. Within the first week of fighting, twenty men of the Bulawayo Field Force were killed and another fifty were wounded.

During the siege, conditions inside Bulawayo quickly deteriorated. By day, settlers could go to homes and buildings within the town, but at night they were forced to seek shelter in the much smaller laager. Nearly 1,000 women and children were crowded into the small area and false alarms of attacks were common. The Ndebele made a critical error during the siege in neglecting to cut the telegraph lines connecting Bulawayo to Mafikeng. This gave both the besieged Bulawayo Field Force and the British relief forces, coming from Salisbury and Fort Victoria, now Harare and Masvingo respectively 300 miles to the north, and from Kimberley and Mafeking 600 miles to the south, far more information than they would otherwise have had. Once the relief forces arrived in late May 1896, the siege was broken and an estimated 50,000 Ndebele retreated into their stronghold, the Matobo Hills near Bulawayo. Not until October 1896 would the Ndebele finally lay down their arms.

Bulawayo: Modern city

Bulawayo City Hall
Bulawayo City Council Offices
Kenilworth Towers, residential flats

In recent years, Bulawayo has experienced a sharp fall in living standards coinciding with the severe economic crisis affecting the country. Today it is home to the strongest opposition to the government of Robert Mugabe. The main problems include poor investment and widespread unemployment. Water shortages due to lack of expansion in facilities and supplies have become steadily more acute since 1992. Cholera broke out in 2008.

Bulawayo: Bulawayo City Council

Although controlled by the main opposition party MDC-T, the council has managed to stand out as the leading municipality in Zimbabwe in terms of service delivery to its residents, through various campaigns engineered by the city council such as the #mycitymypride campaign and #keepbyoclean on social media, these have been met with positive responses by residents and other stakeholders within the city. In recent years Bulawayo has now been widely perceived as the cleanest city in Zimbabwe due to the council's effective waste management strategy, although like all major cities and towns in the country Bulawayo faces water challenges, but the situation within the city has been described as manageable. In 2015 the City of Bulawayo was praised for its town planning which unlike major urban areas such as Harare and Chitungwiza has not been marred by corruption and problems such as illegal settlements.

Bulawayo: Geography

Bougainvillea outside a Bulawayo home

Bulawayo: Topography

The city sits on a plain that marks the Highveld of Zimbabwe and is close to the watershed between the Zambezi and Limpopo drainage basins. The land slopes gently downwards to the north and northwest. The southern side is hillier, and the land becomes more broken in the direction of the Matobo Hills to the south.

Petrea flower in a garden in Bulawayo

Bulawayo: Climate

Due to its relatively high altitude, the city has a subtropical climate despite lying within the tropics. Under the Köppen climate classification, Bulawayo features a humid subtropical climate (Cwa), though it is a drier version of the climate. The mean annual temperature is 19.16 °C (66.44 °F), similar to Pretoria at a similar altitude but almost 600 km (373 mi) farther south. As with much of southern and eastern Zimbabwe, Bulawayo is cooled by a prevailing southeasterly airflow most of the year, and experiences three broad seasons: a dry, cool winter season from May to August; a hot dry period in early summer from late August to early November; and a warm wet period in the rest of the summer, early November to April. The hottest month is October, which is usually the height of the dry season. The average maximum temperature ranges from 21 °C (70 °F) in July to 30 °C (86 °F) in October. During the rainy season, daytime maxima are around 26 °C (79 °F). Nights are always cool, ranging from 8 °C (46 °F) in July to 16 °C (61 °F) in January.

The city's average annual rainfall is 594 mm (23 in), which supports a natural vegetation of open woodland, dominated by Combretum and Terminalia trees. Most rain falls in the December to February period, while June to August is usually rainless. Being close to the Kalahari Desert, Bulawayo is vulnerable to droughts and rainfall tends to vary sharply from one year to another. In 1978, 888 mm (35 in) of rain fell in the three months up to February (February 1944 is the wettest month on record with 368mm) while in the three months ending February 1983, only 84 mm (3 in) fell.

Climate data for Bulawayo
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 36.7
Average high °C (°F) 27.7
Daily mean °C (°F) 21.8
Average low °C (°F) 16.5
Record low °C (°F) 10.0
Average rainfall mm (inches) 117.8
Average rainy days 10 8 5 3 1 1 0 0 1 4 8 10 51
Average relative humidity (%) 69 71 70 62 56 54 48 43 41 43 55 63 56
Mean monthly sunshine hours 244.9 212.8 251.1 252.0 279.0 267.0 288.3 300.7 288.0 272.8 237.0 226.3 3,119.9
Mean daily sunshine hours 7.9 7.6 8.1 8.4 9.0 8.9 9.3 9.7 9.6 8.8 7.9 7.3 8.5
Source #1: World Meteorological Organization NOAA (sun and mean temperature, 1961–1990)
Source #2: Deutscher Wetterdienst (extremes and humidity)

Bulawayo: Water scarcity

Bulawayo's physical geography has led to varying degrees of water scarcity throughout the city. The geographical factors causing water scarcity are the area's high elevation and the arid environment of the Matabeleland. Bulawayo provides residents with water by using a system of dams, treatment plants, and reservoirs; however, due to the short supply, many residents obtain their water from wells and boreholes. The low accessibility to water in residential areas, along with the water quality within these areas, correlate with the spread of diseases within each respective area. In particularly, neighborhoods with relatively high population density and areas that are at higher physical elevations have lower availability to water. According to studies taken in 2007 and 2008, the densely populated suburb of Mpopoma has significantly lower water consumption than that of the less densely populated Khumalo, which is situated on lower ground. In addition to receiving less water than Khumalo, Mpopoma also has a higher proportion of water-related diseases.

Environmental and sanitation circumstances have detrimental effects on water quality. Sources such as groundwater and tap water are subject to pollution due to waste from burst sewers contaminating them. Samples taken from well water from the Pumula and Robert Sinyoka suburbs show that well water maintain levels of coliform higher than the Standards Association of Zimbabwe and World Health Organization give.

Bulawayo: Demographics

Bulawayo: Population census controversy

The population of Bulawayo, according to the 2012 national census, stands at 653,337; however, this figure has been rejected by the Bulawayo City Council authority with Councillor Martin Moyo claiming an anti-Bulawayo conspiracy to under fund projects in the city.

The population of the city according to metropolitan council sources is closer to 1,5 million and a more closer and estimated figure being 1,2 million. Reports have alluded to the de-industrialization of the city as the reason for its population decline, a claim which was rubbished as council officials referred to the fact that in 1992 were the city's population stood at 620 936 the city has grown in the number of households due to urban expansion. City authorities also laid claim to the fact that the current water challenges facing the city were also as a result of an increasing population despite the economic challenges facing the city.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1992 620,936 -
2002 676,650 +9.0%
2012 653,337 −3.4%
Source: Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT)

Bulawayo: Economy

Bulawayo has long been known as the industrial hub of Zimbabwe. It has a large manufacturing presence, and large industries such as Merlin Textiles, Zimbabwe Engineering Company (Zeco), Hubert Davies, Radar Metal Industries, National Blankets, G & D Shoes, Merlin, Tregers Group, Stewarts & Lloyds, Hunyani Holdings, and Cold Storage Commission. However, some of these companies have either moved operations to Harare or no longer exist altogether which has crippled Bulawayo's economy. The industries are deserted and the infrastructure has since been left to deteriorate, further deterring investors from operating in the city. The reason for the city's de-industrialization has been heralded to be the lack of infrastructure to support the size of the city and its operations and an unreliable source of water and the collapse of the rail infrastructure which was a core reason of placing industry in Bulawayo to begin with. Many locals argue that it is because of marginalisation they experience against the government due to cultural differences between the Shona in Harare and the Ndebele Proper in Bulawayo because the National railways of Zimbabwe (Headquarters Bulawayo) is a government parastatal and as such should have been thriving had it not been for embezzlement of allocated funds by company executives who are believed to be Shona. The water issue is not new and had brought about the "help a thirsty Matabele" initiative of the 1970s and the Matabeleland Zambezi Water Project which would put an end to the water issue in Matabeleland was drafted; however, this project was put on hold soon after independence. These allegations have all been labelled hogwash by the relevant authorities; however, they have only fueled the secessionist initiative into a general opinion. Before the collapse of Zimbabwe's rail infrastructure, Bulawayo was an important transport hub, providing rail links between Botswana, South Africa and Zambia and promoting the city's development as a major industrial centre. The city still contains most of what remains of Zimbabwe's heavy industry and food processing capability including a Thermal Power Station which resumed operations in February 2011 after a capitalisation deal with the Government of Botswana where Bulawayo would supply 45 Megawatts in three years. Like many parts of the country, Bulawayo has for the past ten years seen a huge drop in service delivery and an increase in unemployment due to the number of resignations of people seeking better prospects across the border. Many people resorted to farming, mining and the black market for sustenance, while others depended on the little foreign currency that would be sent by family in other countries. However, with the introduction of the multi-currency system in 2009, a new approach is seen by investors in the city who admire the already-available infrastructure and the huge workforce and Bulawayo as great prospects for the future and is set to once again contribute greatly to the economy of Zimbabwe. The city is served by Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport which has been expanded a number of times to cope with the influx of visitors into the region. The Edgars clothing stores are headquartered in Bulawayo. The Rovos rail run luxury train, Pride of Africa makes a stop in Bulawayo for pick up and dropping off passengers. Bulawayo is situated along the Trans-African Highway network important trade route of Cairo – Cape Town Highway. Most of the city's industries are privately owned, especially in the transport sector.

The Bulawayo Centre

Bulawayo: Important buildings and infrastructure

These include

The Nesbitt Castle
The Nesbitt Castle, Bulawayo
  • Ascot Centre
  • NRZ building
  • Bulawayo Centre
  • Nesbitt Castle
  • Fidelity Life Centre
  • National University of Science and Technology
  • Mhlahlandlela Government Complex

Bulawayo: Government

Bulawayo: Mayors since independence

Mayor Party Time in office
Martin Moyo (Incumbent) MDC-T 2013 –
Patrick Thaba-Moyo MDC-T 2008–2013
Japhet Ndabeni Ncube MDC, MDC-M 2001–2008
Abel Siwela ZANU-PF 1996–2000 died in office
Joshua Teke Malinga ZANU-PF 1993–1995?
I. Gadhlula ZANU-PF 1992–1993
N. Sidanile ZANU-PF 1991–1992
Dennis Madulane Ndlovu ZANU-PF 1990–1991
A.L. Ncube ZANU-PF 1989–1990
J.M. Ndlovu ZANU-PF 1988–1989
Nicholas Joel Mabodoko PF-ZAPU 1985–1988
Enos M. Mdlongwa PF-ZAPU 1983–1985
Naison Khutshwekhaya Ndlovu PF-ZAPU 1981–1983

Bulawayo: Mayors during UDI

Mayor Party Time in office
Mike Constandinos 1979–1981
D.J. Rowland 1978–1979
Mrs. J.L. Sharland 1977–1978
E. Hoyle 1976–1977
L. Sexon 1975–1976
C.M. Scott 1974–1975
E.D. Gordon 1973–1974
R.S. Harris 1972–1973
H. Coronel 1971–1972
T.H. Doyle 1970–1971
J.M. Logan 1969–1970
J. Goldwasser 1968–1969
W.R. Kinleyside 1967–1968
A. Menashe 1965–1967

Bulawayo: Mayors during the colonial period

Mayor Party Time in office
A.C. Dold 1964-1964
Aubrey M. Butcher 1963–1964
S.H. Millar 1962–1963
J.G. Pain 1961–1962
M.E. Brett 1960–1961
S.H. Millar 1959–1960
M.M. McNellie (OBE, MM) 1957–1959
J.W. Phillips (OBE) 1955–1957
J.M. MacDonald 1953–1955
C.M. Newman (OBE, MC, VD, ED) 1951–1953
J.H. Butcher 1949–1951
H.A. Holmes 1947–1949
Donald Macintyre (CBE) Southern Rhodesia Labour Party 1944–1947
E.J. Dawies 1942–1944
D.W. Young 1940–1942
T.A.E. Holdengarde 1938–1940
Donald Macintyre (CBE) Southern Rhodesia Labour Party 1936–1938
C.M. Harris 1934–1936
T.A.E. Holdengarde 1933–1934
W. Maver 1932–1933
W.H. Peard 1929–1932
H.B. Ellenbogen 1927–1929
H.R. Barbour 1924–1927
J.H. Bookless 1923–1924
James Cowden Rhodesia Party 1919–1923 four consecutive terms
W.J. Atterbury 1918–1919
George Stewart 1917–1918
W.J. Atterbury 1915–1917
W.B. Bucknall 1914–1915
Alex Fraser 1913–1914
Lt. Col. Walter Baxendale 1912–1913
Alex Fraser 1911–1912
E. Basch 1907–1911
E.F. Philip 1906–1907
Lt. Col. Walter Baxendale 1904–1906
J.E. Scott 1902–1904
John Kerr 1901–1902
William H. Haddon 1900–1901
Lt. Col. Henry Frederick "Harry" White (DSO) 1899–1900 returned to military service
Charles Holland 1898–1899
I.G. Hirschler 1897–1898

Bulawayo: Newspapers

  • B-Metro
  • The Chronicle
  • Newsday
  • Southern Eye
  • The Sunday News
  • The Sunday Times
  • Umthunywa

Bulawayo: Twin towns – sister cities

Bulawayo is twinned with:

  • United Kingdom Aberdeen, United Kingdom
  • South Africa Durban, South Africa
  • South Africa Polokwane, South Africa
  • Namibia Katima Mulilo, Namibia
  • Botswana Francistown, Botswana
  • Zambia Livingstone, Zambia

Bulawayo: Culture and recreation

Opening ceremony of the African Olympic Hockey Qualifiers 2011, Khumalo Hockey Stadium

Bulawayo: Sports

Bulawayo is home to the Queens Sports Club and Bulawayo Athletic Club, two of the three grounds in Zimbabwe where test match cricket has been played. It is also home to Hartsfield Rugby grounds where many international Test matches have been played. Hartsfield was developed by Reg Hart, after whom the grounds were named, and on which field many of southern Africa's greatest rugby players have competed. It is home to two large football teams, Highlanders and Zimbabwe Saints. Other football teams include Bantu Rovers, Chicken Inn, How Mine, Quelaton and Bulawayo City (R).

Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe

Other important sporting and recreational facilities include

  • Barbourfields Stadium
  • Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Grounds
  • Kumalo Hockey Stadium
  • Ascot Racecourse
  • Khami Ruins
  • White City Stadium
  • karate centers
Centinary Park

Bulawayo: Museums

Bulawayo has a number of museums of national importance, including the Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe, National Gallery, Bulawayo and the Bulawayo Railway Museum.

Bulawayo: Parks

There are a number of parks in Bulawayo, including

  • Centinary Park
  • Barham Green
  • Hillside Dams Conservancy
  • Mabukweni

Bulawayo: Transport

14A class Engine no 515 on Ash Spur shunt, Bulawayo Station

The city has a total road network of about 2100 kilometres; 70 percent was declared in 2017 in a poor condition. The R2 road links Bulawayo with the Capital Harare.

The city also has Bulawayo Station on the Harare-Gaborone main line and the Beitbridge Bulawayo Railway.

On the 1 November 2013, the new terminal of Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport, formerly known as Bulawayo Airport, was opened.

Bulawayo: Suburbs and districts

No Suburb/location Origin of name
1 Ascot Adjoining the Bulawayo Ascot race-course
2 Barbour Fields The suburb was named after a former mayor, H. R. Barbour, who during the colonial era was greatly interested in the welfare of the indigenous people. There is a place called Barbour in Argyll & Bute. Barbour is a Scottish family name, though it was apparently first recorded on the English side of the border, in Cumberland and Northumberland. The father of Scottish vernacular poetry, John Barbour (1320–1395), is best remembered for his epic poem "The Brus", telling the story of King Robert I. The origin of the name is occupational (a cutter of hair as well as an extractor of teeth during the Middle Ages).
3 Barham Green The suburb was named after two people. The first was a former Bulawayo City Councillor [who later became an Alderman] Mrs. M. E. Barham, M.B.E. and the other was Rev. Rufus Green. The two people were critical in the establishment of this suburb. During the colonial Rhodesia era, the suburb was designated for the Coloured community.
4 Beacon Hill Also known as Beryl Drive, reference is made to fact that it is the high point of the suburbs and possesses the areas with the highest marking beacon at its summit.
5 Bellevue The suburb was named after the estate name. It is sometimes spelled Belle Vue. The origin of this universally-popular place name is ultimately French – "beautiful view".
6 Belmont
7 Belmont Industrial Area The area was named after a former Bulawayo City Engineer, Mr. Kinmont.
8 Bradfield The suburb was named after Mr. Edwin Eugene Bradfield, a pioneer.
9 Burnside This area used to be a portion of former town council area, and used to be part of Matsheumhlope Farms. The name is derived from the reference to the River Matsheumhlophe. "Burn" is a Scottish and northern English word for a stream.
10 Cement This was named after the surrounding industrial area, responsible for the making of cement.
11 Cowdray Park
12 Donnington
13 Donnington West
14 Douglasdale The Douglas family, descendants of William de Duglas (late 12th century), was one of the most powerful in Scotland.
15 Eloana
16 Emakhandeni Emakhandeni is the isiNdebele name for Fort Rixon, which was the area where the regiment aMakhanda were located. eMakhandeni is the locative term.
17 Emganwini Reference is made to the plentiful amarula trees in the vicinity.
18 Enqameni
19 Enqotsheni
20 Entumbane This is where King Mzilikazi was buried. It is one of the dozens of high density suburbs of Bulawayo, commonly referred to as the "Western Suburbs". The first disturbances that led to the Gukurahundi were sparked in Entumbane, hence the term "Impi ye Ntumbane" that refers to the disturbances.
21 Estate name
22 Estate name
23 Fagadola
24 Famona The suburb was named after Famona, one of the daughters of King Lobengula. It means jealousy or envy must end (literally, "die").
25 Fortunes Gate (including Mtaba Moya) The suburb's name comes from the original property name, and the gates are those of the original market building.
26 Four Winds The suburb name comes from the original property name, the first house was on top of a hill.
27 Glencoe This name is etched into the Scottish psyche as the bleak glen in the Highlands where, in 1692, a party of MacDonald men, women and children were treacherously massacred by the Campbells, who were acting under government orders.
28 Glengary The suburb was named after its estate name. The "Glengarry" bonnet is an oblong woollen cap, popular amongst pipe bands.
29 Glenville (including Richmond South) The suburb was named after its estate name.
30 Granite Park
31 Greenhill The suburb's name is a reference to scenery and topography.
32 Gwabalanda Named after a Ndebele chief, Gwabalanda Mathe
33 Harrisvale
34 Helenvale
35 Highmount
36 Hillcrest The suburb's name comes from the reference to topography. It is Greenhill's crest.
37 Hillside The suburb's name is a reference to topography (Greenhill's slope).
38 Hillside South The suburb's name comes from its position as the south facing slope of Greenhill.
39 Hume Park "Hume"/"Home" is a Lowland Scottish family name.
40 Hyde Park The name originates from the large amount of residents who trace their ancestry to England.
41 Ilanda Ndebele name for the egret
42 Iminyela This is the name of a type of tree common in the area.
43 Intini The name was given as a commemoration to the Mhlanga family, who originally set out with the Khumalo family under Mzilikazi as gratitude to their contribution to the Ndebele Kingdom, Mthwakazi. The Ntini is the totem of the Mhlanga-Mabuya clan.
44 Jacaranda This is a reference to the jacaranda trees.
45 Kelvin (Industrial area, includes North East and West) The area was named in reference to a suburb of Glasgow. It takes its name from the River Kelvin, a tributary of the River Clyde.
46 Kenilworth The suburb was named after its estate name.
47 Khumalo The suburb was named after the Royal Clan of the Matabele.
48 Khumalo North This is a reference to the position of Kumalo suburb.
49 Kilallo
50 Killarney
51 Kingsdale
52 Lakeside Lakeside is the stretch of water at the junction of the Old Essexvale Road and the road to the suburb of Waterford, and then on to Hope Fountain Mission.
53 Lobhengula Itisnamed after the second and last Matabele King, Lobengula.
54 Lobenvale The suburb's name is derived from a combination of King Lobengula's name and Umguza Valley.
55 Lochview The suburb's name is in reference to Lakeside Dam and is famous in the city for its large Scottish residents and the Scottish style houses. According to the Bulawayo City Suburb Names website, the suburb was named in reference to Lakeside Dam.
56 Luveve Named after Ndebele chief Luveve; established in 1935
57 Mabuthweni The suburb's name means "where the soldiers are"; the name was given in reference to a bachelors' quarters.
58 Magwegwe The suburb name is named after Magwegwe, who was one of the significant people in King Lobengula's royal Bulawayo town.
59 Magwegwe North This is a reference to the position relative to that of Magwegwe.
60 Magwegwe West This is a reference to the position relative to that of Magwegwe.
61 Mahatshula Mahatshula is named after one of the Ndebele Indunas, Mahatshula Ndiweni.
62 Makhokhoba The suburb got its name from the actions of Mr. Fallon, who used walk around with a stick. The name comes from the word "umakhokhoba" which was how the locals referred to Fallon, meaning "the little old man who walks with a stick". The word actually describes the noise of the stick hitting the ground, ko-ko-ko, or the doors. It is the oldest African dwelling in the city. Political activism was rife in the pre-Zapu era.
63 Malindela The suburb was named after the mother of Faluta, who was the mother of Lobengula, i.e., after Lobengula's maternal grandmother.
64 Manningdale It is named after the developer of the suburb.
65 Marlands
66 Matsheumhlope The name comes from the association with the river ("White Stones"). White stones in Ndebele Proper and Zulu language are "amatshe amhlope".
67 Matshobana The suburb was named after Matshobana, who was a chief of the Khumalo clan and more significantly he was the father of Mzilikazi, the founder of the Ndebele Kingdom.
68 Montgomery It is named after Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, a decorated British Army commander.
69 Montrose The suburb was named by the estate developers, and street names are of many Cotswolds villages and towns.
70 Morningside
71 Mphophoma The name comes from a descriptive Ndebele name for the area, which was derived from the sound the Mpopoma River makes when flowing.
72 Munda The Tonga name for a plot of land on which people would farm
73 Mzilikazi The suburb was named after the founder of uMthwakazi, King Mzilikazi. It is a stone's throw away from Barbourfields suburb, separated by a road called Ambulance Drive that leads to one of Zimbabwe's large hospitals, Mpilo.
74 New Luveve Reference is made to the suburb Luveve; see Luveve suburb.
75 Newsmansford
76 Newton Estate name
77 Newton West Reference to position (Newton)
78 Nguboyenja Named after Lobengula's son and heir
79 Njube Named after one of Lobengula's sons
80 Nketa It is named after the Traditional Heritage Site of Nketa Hill on which King Lobengula assembled his entire kingdom and divided its citizens according to cultural ethnicity and different stages of incorporation into three groups the Zansi which is Xhosa for "south", referring to the people who left the Zulu Kingdom originally, the Enhla or Nxele, which referred to the second mass incorporated group, which was the Swati, Pedi, and Sotho, with whom they settled in Mhlahlandela 1. The final group was the Hole /ˈxɒli, which constituted of the Shona, Kalanga and Bakwena. Most historians argued that this was clear evidence of Lobengula's lack of foresight and political tact as he was literally undoing what his father had spent his lifetime trying to achieve, a unified kingdom with a single identity.
81 Nkulumane One of the sons of King Mzilikazi and heir, founder of the Matebele kingdom
82 North End Reference to the direction of the suburb
83 North Lynne
84 North Trenance Reference to position relative to that of Trenance
85 Northlea
86 Northvale Former town council area; reference to position and (Umguza) valley
87 Ntaba Moyo
88 Orange Grove
89 Paddonhurst Named after Major Cecil Paddon, O.B.E. (pioneer)
90 Parklands Estate name; Park Lands estate A (portion of original grant to Dominican Sisters)
91 Parkview Situated on the location adjacent to the Centenary Park and proposed location of Bulawayo Zoo
92 Phelandaba Phelandaba translates as "the matter is concluded", a reference to the successful conclusion to the struggle for security.
93 Phumula Phumula means "a resting place", reference to the fact that many have built homes there to retire to.
94 Phumula South Named in reference to relative position of Pumula
95 Queens Park A reference to the Queen and the three main roads – Victoria, Alexandra and Elizabeth
96 Queens Park East A reference to the position relative to that of Queen Park
97 Queens Park West A reference to the position relative to that of Queen Park
98 Queensdale
99 Rangemore The suburb adopted the original estate name.
100 Raylton The suburb adopted the original estate name.
101 Richmond
102 Riverside Derived from the original estate name, which was in reference to the Umguza River
103 Romney Park The suburb was named after George Romney, a British painter.
104 Sauerstown Named after Dr. Han Sauer, original owner of the land
105 Selbourne Park Named after the main road of Selbourne Avenue, now called L. Takawira Avenue, facing Ascot Mansions
106 Sizinda Battle regiment of Mzilikazi of the Matabele
107 Southdale
108 Souththwold The suburb was named by the estate developers, and street names are of many Cotswolds villages and towns.
109 Steeldale Composite name referring to industry
110 Suburbs This was the first suburb and retained that name.
111 Sunninghill After British royal residence (given to present Queen at time of marriage)
112 Sunnyside Chosen from list of suggested names
113 Tegela The name is derived from a Ndebele word ukwethekela meaning "to visit".
114 The Jungle
115 Thorngrove The suburb's name came from the large number of mimosa (thorn) trees in the area.
116 Trenance
117 Tshabalala This is the "isibongo" or praise name for Lobengula's mother, Fulata, who was of Swazi extraction.
118 Tshabalala Extension Extension in reference to the suburb of Tshabalala
119 Umguza Estate Named after the Umguza River which runs through it
120 Upper Rangemore Name in reference to Rangemore suburb
121 Waterford
122 Waterlea
123 West Somerton
124 Westgate
125 Westondale
126 Willsgrove
127 Windsor Park Named after English town or Guildford Castle grounds
128 Woodlands Chosen from a list of suggested names
129 Woodville
130 Woodville Park
Retained the old estate name.

Bulawayo: Schools and colleges

In Bulawayo, there are 128 primary and 48 secondary schools.

Bulawayo: Primary schools

No. School Name
1. Amaswazi Primary School
2. Amaveni Primary School
3. Babambeni Primary School
4. Baines Infant School
5. Baines Junior
6. Barham Green Primary School
7. Carmel Primary School
8. Coghlan Primary School
9. Dominican Convent Primary School, Bulawayo
10. Dumezweni Primary School
11. Emakhandeni Primary School
12. Fairbridge Primary School
13. Fusi Primary School
14. Gampu Primary School
15. Godlwayo Primary School
16. Helemu Primary School
17. Henry Low Primary School
18. Hillside Infant School
19. Hillside Junior School
20. HQ 1 Brigade Primary School
21. Hugh Beadle Primary School
22. Induba Primary School
23. Infant School
24. Ingubo Primary School
25. Ingwegwe Primary School
26. Inkanyezi Primary School
27. Insukamini Primary School
28. Intunta Primary School
29. Inzwananzi Primary School
30. John Slaven Primary School
31. Josiah Chinamano Primary School
32. King George VI Memorial School
33. Kumalo Primary School
34. Lobengula Primary School
35. Lobengula Primary School
36. Lochview Primary School
37. Losikeyi Primary School
38. Lotshe Primary School
39. Lukhanyiso Primary School
40. Luveve Primary School
41. Mabhukudwana Primary School
42. Mafakela Primary School
43. Mafela Primary School
44. Magwegwe Primary School
45. Mahlabezulu
46. Mahlathini Primary School
47. Malindela Primary School
48. Manondwana Primary School
49. Manyewu Primary School
50. Maphisa Primary School
12. Masiyephambili Junior School
51. Masuku Primary School
52. Maswazi Primary School
53. Matshayisikova Primary School
54. Mawaba Primary School
55. Mazwi Primary School
56. Mbizo Primary School
57. McKeurten Primary School
58. Mganwini Primary School
59. Mgiqika Primary School
60. Mgombane Primary School
61. Mhali Primary School
62. Milton Junior School
63. Mkhithika Primary School
64. Moray Primary School
65. Mpumelelo Primary School
66. Mthombowesizwe Primary School
67. Mtshane Primary School
68. Mtshede Primary School
69. Mtshingwe Primary School
70. Mzilikazi Primary School
71. Newmansford Primary School
72. Ngwalongwalo Primary School
73. Nketa Primary School
74. Nkulumane Primary School
75. Ntabeni Primary School
76. Ntshamathe Primary School
77. Nyamande Primary School
78. Petra Primary School
79. Phelandaba SDA Primary School
80. Queen Elizabeth II Primary School
81. Rangemore Primary School
82. Robert Tradgold Primary School
83. Rose Camp Primary School
84. Senzangakhona Primary School
86. Sigombe Primary School
87. St. Bernards R.C Primary School
88. St. Patricks R.C Primary School
89. St. Thomas Aquinas Primary School
90. Tategulu Primary School
91. Tennyson Primary School
92. Thembiso Primary School
93. Thomas Rudland Primary School
94. Trenance Primary School
95. Waterford Primary School
96. Whitestone School
97. Woodville Primary School
98. Zulukandaba Primary School

Bulawayo: Secondary and high schools

No. School Name
1 Amhlope Pumula No. 2 Secondary School
2 Amhlophe Secondary School
3 Bulawayo Adventist Secondary School (BASS)
4 Bulawayo Technical School (now Gifford High School)
5 Christian Brothers College, Bulawayo
6 Cowdray Park Secondary School
7 Dominican Convent High School, Bulawayo
8 Emakhandeni Secondary School
9 Entumbane Secondary School
10 Eveline Girls High School
11 Falcon College
12 Founders High School
13 Gifford High School
14 Girls' College
15 Hamilton High School
16 Ihlati Secondary School
17 Inyanda High School
18 Lobengula Secondary School
19 Luveve High School
20 Magwegwe Secondary School
21 Mandwandwe Secondary School
22 Masotsha Secondary School
23 Milton High School
24 Montrose Girls High School
25 Mpopoma High School
26 Msitheli Secondary School
27 Mzilikazi High School
28 Njube Secondary School
29 Nketa Secondary School
30 Nkulumane Secondary School
31 Northlea High School
32 Petra High School
33 Premier High School
34 Pumula High School
35 Sikhulile Secondary School
36 Sizane High School
37 Sobukazi High School
38 St Bernard's R.C. High School
39 St. Columbus High School
40 Townsend High School
41 Mncumbatha Secondary School

Bulawayo: Schools outside Bulawayo

  • Falcon College – outskirts of Bulawayo, Esigodini
  • Plumtree School – 88 km (55 miles) from Bulawayo, in Plumtree
  • John Tallach High School
  • Inyathi High School – 70 km from Bulawayo

Bulawayo: Colleges and universities

  • Academy of Learning Business Training College
  • ADAS Tuition Centre – ITEC registered beauty school and BTEC (EDEXCEL) Centre
  • Bulawayo Polytechnic College
  • Gwanda State University, Gwanda
  • Hillside Teachers College
  • Lupane State University, Lupane
  • National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe
  • Solusi University
  • Speciss College
  • United College of Education (UCE)
  • Zimbabwe Distance Education College (Zdeco)
  • ZOU, Zimbabwe Open University

Bulawayo: Literature

The city of Bulawayo serves as the backdrop for the French novel Sale Hiver à Bulawayo, by Soline de Thoisy (2011). It is also the starting point for the 1925 novel by Agatha Christie, The Secret of Chimneys, in which the main character is leading tours, and meets up with an old friend who gives him two jobs to do in England.

Bulawayo: Natives and residents

  • John H Abeles, physician, medical investor, philanthropist
  • Marshall P. Baron, painter
  • Erich Bloch, economist and columnist
  • Robin Brown, cricketer
  • NoViolet Bulawayo, writer
  • Warren Carne, cyclist
  • Cornelius Chada, engineer
  • Winnie Madamombe, IT specialist
  • Charlene, Princess of Monaco, wife of Albert II, Prince of Monaco
  • Brian Chikwava, writer and musician
  • Charles Coghlan, lawyer, first Premier of Southern Rhodesia; honoured by burial near Cecil Rhodes's grave, at "World's View" in the Matopo Hills near Bulawayo
  • David Coltart, former Minister of Education, Sports, Arts and Culture (2008–2013)
  • Charles Coventry, cricketer
  • Kirsty Coventry, world-record swimmer
  • Chelsy Davy, former girlfriend of Prince Harry
  • Graham Edwards, cricketer
  • Lucia Evans, winner of the 2006 Irish TV talent show You're A Star, born in Bulawayo
  • Stanley Fischer, governor of the Bank of Israel
  • Duncan Fletcher, cricketer, former coach of England national cricket team and current coach of Indian national cricket team
  • Norman Geras, professor of political philosophy, University of Manchester; writes normblog, a widely read UK blog
  • Humphrey Gibbs, GCVO, KCMG, farmer, Governor of the colony of Southern Rhodesia (1959–1970)
  • Graeme Hick, Zimbabwean-born English cricketer
  • Kubi Indi, development activist and businesswoman
  • Tendayi Jembere, actor
  • Graham Johnson, pianist, recognised as one of the world's leading vocal accompanists; world authority on the song repertoire
  • Doris Lessing, novelist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature
  • Cont Mhlanga, playwright and founder of Amakhosi Theater
  • August Musarurwa, composer of the tune "Skokiaan"
  • Benjani Mwaruwari, footballer and former Zimbabwe team captain; also turned out for Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City
  • Peter Ndlovu, footballer, former Zimbabwe team captain; considered to be the best Zimbabwean player of all time
  • Lewin Nyatanga, Zimbabwean-born Welsh footballer
  • Alexander Pines, professor of chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
  • Nick Price, former world number one golfer, World Golf Hall of Fame member
  • Ramadu, musician
  • Surendran Reddy, musician, composer and performer
  • Rozalla, dance music performer
  • Ron Sandler, CEO of Lloyd's of London; Chairman of Northern Rock bank
  • Allan Savory, biologist
  • Shingai Shoniwa, rock musician
  • Reward Sibanda, theologian
  • Alexander McCall Smith, CBE, FRSE, writer and Emeritus Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland; author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series
  • Joseph Sonnabend, physician, researcher, part of the team which discovered interferon
  • Heath Streak, cricketer and former captain of Zimbabwe team; current bowling coach of the Bangladesh team
  • Yvonne Vera, award-winning author
  • Sean Williams, Zimbabwean cricketer

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