Thursday, November 25, 2010

Bulawayo – The City of Kings

"The City of Kings", Bulawayo is Zimbabwe's second largest and beautiful city. It is recognized from the wide tree lined streets that start from the very beginning of the city's borders. Surrounded by beautiful parks, a legacy of Cecil John Rhodes, Bulawayo is just the perfect spot to begin discovering Zimbabwe.

Flights to Zimbabwe, are available from nearly all parts of the world, while flying form UK, direct flights to Harare are provided by the country's flagship carrier Air Zimbabwe. Bulawayo is the hub of the province of Matabeleland which comprises the whole western Zimbabwe from the South African border in the south to Victoria Falls in the north.

The National carrier, Air Zimbabwe also provides flights to Bulawayo and the city plays a significant role as connection point for onward direct flights to Johannesburg and Victoria Falls.

Apart from the exciting festivals, delicious cuisines, vibrant culture and friendly locals there is a lot more to Bulawayo such as the stunning architecture of Colonial Era. Thanks to Cecil John Rhodes, the early Victorian buildings which are maintained by the Bulawayo City council and landlords as "heritage sites" are today's most appealing tourist attractions in the city. Another major place to visit is the Matopas National Park, with its truly African wildlife attractions. It is where Cecil J. Rhodes is buried as well.

Other than that, Bulawayo has all that one can expect from a city of such historical character and title as a King of the rest.

It hosts Zimbabwe's main museum. For a closer look at the nature's blessing and evolution through time, you can visit the "the natural history museum" in Bulawayo. The "railway museum" is equally interesting especially for young ones. To make your evenings in Bulawayo more memorable, heed to the Bulawayo Art gallery, which is housed in a most attractive turn of the century building. You can collect souvenirs and handicrafts from the Mzilikazi Art and craft centre. Bulawayo is known for great hotels, one of the finest caravan and camping parks in Zimbabwe. It's worth every visit.

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