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About Bulawayo

Bulawayo is the second largest city in Zimbabwe. Bulawayo offers a range of attractions to enjoy as part of a Zimbabwe backpacking tour.


Bulawayo airports include:
•Bulawayo International Airport


There are a number of key Bulawayo bird life hotspots, including Mazwi Recreational Park, Matopo Hills, Khame Ruins and the Tshabalala Game Sanctuary. Birds of prey are especially abundant, and large numbers can be seen across the area.


With a number of reserves and a well-known wildlife orphanage, Bulawayo conservation projects include wildlife rehabilitation as well as preservation of key heritage sites such as Matopas and Kame Ruins.


Bulawayo malaria medication includes the following:
•Mefloquine (Lariam)
•Atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone)


Bulawayo plant life is consistent with typical Zimbabwe woodlands, with fairly dense vegetation around the city with large trees and gardens. Natural vegetation is dominated by Terminalia, Acacia, Burkea, Sclerocara and Peltaphorum.

Safety Tips

•Bulawayo crime is on the increase, however it is safe to visit despite a failed economy
•Pickpocketing, muggings and smash and grabs are the most common crime
•Keep valuables safe and out of sight, and keep car windows closed when driving
•Avoid large crowds and street demonstrations which may turn violent
•Be cautious at game reserves and do not attempt to touch or feed wildlife

Travel Books

Bulawayo recommended travel books include:
•Iron Age Occupation Sites Immediately North of Bulawayo, Rhodesia: Distribution by K. R. Robinson
•The Last Safari: A Season of Discovery in Zimbabwe by Bruce VanBuskirk
•Zimbabwe In Pictures by Francesca Di Piazza
•Lonely Planet Zimbabwe by Tione Chinula and Vincent Talbot
•The Rough Guide to Zimbabwe by Barbara McCrea and Tony Pinchuck


Bulawayo wildlife is mostly concentrated across the reserves and parks in the city and surrounds. Key game areas include Tshabalala Game Sanctuary and Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage, and common game include rhinos, cheetah, wild dog, brown hyena, duiker, giraffe, zebra, tsessebe, wildebeeste and kudu.


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