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[Africa trip] Zimbabwe: Bulawayo

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Bulawayo is a major city in southwestern Zimbabwe. It was a place where many ethnic minorities, the Ndebele tribe, lived, but due to the slaughter of the inhabitants, Bulawayo, which means “land of slaughter” in the Ndebele language, became the name of the city. Bulawayo is the second largest city in Zimbabwe and the central city in the southwestern region. It is a vibrant city as it is also a transportation hub where railroads and roads from neighboring countries gather. Bulawayo is very active in the processing industry of agricultural products and mineral resources.

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Location

Bulawayo is a city located in the southwestern part of Zimbabwe.

History

Bulawayo is a modern town built by the British. With the opening of the railway linking Bulawayo and Cape in 1894 and the opening of the railway with Mozambique, it has become a major city in Zimbabwe with good transportation.

Climate

Bulawayo has many warm days throughout the year. Temperatures range from 8 ° C to 29 ° C throughout the year.

Language

The official language of Zimbabwe is English. In addition, Shona and Ndebele are also used. In recent years, 16 new languages have been officially established.

Security

Although the economy has deteriorated due to the recent policy slump in Zimbabwe, the security around Bulawayo is relatively stable in the country.

Race

More than 70% of Shona people in Zimbabwe. Others live in Europeans, Sothos, and Africans.

industry

Bulawayo’s main industry is the processing of agricultural products and minerals. In addition, Bulawayo has a good infrastructure because it has a railroad.

religion

There are many Christians in Zimbabwe. There are also Muslims.

currency

In Zimbabwe, the legal tender is the US dollar and the South African rand. But in 2019 we are reintroducing the Zimbabwe dollar.

Sightseeing spot 1 : Matobo National Park

Matobo National Park is a scenic spot created by granite hills and valleys. The Matobo Hill has been regarded as a sacred place for spirits since ancient times, and many religious ceremonies are still held here today.

Sightseeing spot 2 : Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Natural History Museum has a wide variety of exhibits. Exhibits include stuffed animals, fossil dinosaurs, and specimens of insects and plants that live around Bulawayo.

Sightseeing spot 3 : Bulawayo Railway Museum

The Bulawayo Railway Museum stores steam engine vehicles that ran around the country and station buildings at the ticket offices of the past. Many locomotives are exhibited outdoors and can be visited.

Sightseeing spot 4 : Khami Ruins National Monument

The Khami Ruins are a tourist attraction that represents Bulawayo, which is registered as a World Heritage Site. It is the ruins of the Kingdom of Torwa that flourished here in the 15th century.

Sightseeing spot 5 : The Nesbitt Castle

It is a castle built in the 1900s. Currently it is a hotel, but you can visit it without staying. It’s like a Harry Potter world view.

Hotel

Bulawayo has plenty of accommodation. The nearest airport is Bulawayo Joshua Nkomo Airport. Tickets and accommodations can be booked from the link below. It also supports other languages.

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