Bulawayo Flights:

Flights to Bulawayo

image of BulawayoThe city of Bulawayo is south west of the centre of Zimbabwe, and it is the second largest city in the country. Bulawayo has a number of modern conveniences for tourists and makes a good base from which to explore some of the other sights in the surrounding region.

The airport that serves flights to Bulawayo is the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport (airport code: BUQ) which is also still known locally as Bulawayo Airport. There are limited options for getting a flight to Bulawayo from Johannesburg. There are non-stop flights available with either Air Zimbabwe or South African Airways. Either way, the flight will be under 2 hours long. At this time, these are the only flight options available.

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The Tourist Attractions of Bulawayo:

Despite being the second largest city in Zimbabwe, Bulawayo doesn’t have too much in the way of tourist attractions. It’s actually a fairly modern city, and with its modern conveniences Bulawayo provides a comfortable base for heading out and visiting places like the Matobo National Park.

Museums in Bulawayo
One thing that Bulawayo does offer is several museums. The Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe is one, and it houses exhibits on the natural history of the country including mineral wealth and wildlife. Bulawayo also has a branch of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe where you can see works of art, while in the Bulawayo Railway Museum you can see old steam locomotives.

Khami Ruins
A short distance outside of Bulawayo is the Khami Ruins. This is a ruined city that is over 500 years old, and despite the fact that most of it is in ruins, some parts are still intact such as segments of the stone walls, and passageways. There is a small museum on site where you can find out more and see some of the artefacts that have been excavated.

Matobo National Park
Most tourists come to Bulawayo in order to visit the Matobo National Park as Bulawayo is the closest major city to this wonderful national park which was established back in 1926. Matobo is a little different to the typical African national parks as this does not only offer wildlife, but interesting scenery as well in the shape of granite rock formations. There are several ways you can get to experience the park, whether it’s by guided tour, using a vehicle to track game, or by hiking. Another option is the look around on horse back.

Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage
Right in Bulawayo is the Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage where orphaned or injured animals are taken to recover before being let back out into the wild. Visits are allowed and you can tour the facility to learn more about their work here while also getting the chance to see some animals up close that you would not normally.

Tshabalala Game Sanctuary
If you’re looking to see some animals in the wild, you don’t necessarily have to travel to Matobo as the Tshabalala Game Sanctuary, just 4 miles outside of Bulawayo, has a number of species living here. You can drive into the sanctuary then park and take a walk.

When Should You Visit?:

Temperatures don’t vary too much across the year in Bulawayo, though rainfall does. Admittedly this isn’t a wet city, but if you want to avoid the rain you should not come between November and March. This coincides with the hotter temperatures too, peaking at an average high of 29C in October and November. There is virtually no rain from May to September and average highs are closer to the low 20°s C at this time.

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