What to See & Do

Bulawayo boasts several interesting tourist attractions, including; the Natural History Museum - Zimbabwe’s largest museum, which is filled with magnificent displays of human history, minerals, African birds, insects and mammals, including the second largest mounted elephant in the world which showcases the diversity of the natural wealth of Zimbabwe.

The Railway Museum, with its collection of historical steam locomotives, rolling stock and station buildings, and a variety of exhibits dating back to 1897 when the first steam engine rolled into the country; the Centenary and Central Parks, which  were originally designed and constructed for the 1953 Central Africa Centenary Exhibition. The parks feature many palm-lined paths and expansive lawns, colourful flower displays, an aviary, putting course and a miniature railway which runs at weekends.

Bulawayo is also home to the National Art Gallery, which displays the beautifully restored colonial Douslin House, with a collection of traditional and contemporary Zimbabwean sculptures and paintings. A number of handmade batiks can be purchased here, as well as artwork, curios, sculptures, beadwork and genuine tribal artifacts.

In addition to these, there are a number of fantastic sites that are all within short distances from Bulawayo. These include: The Matobo Hills National Park, with its rich history, breath taking natural beauty, and an important white rhino conservation program; the Khame Ruins, showing extensive terraces and passages supported by massive, late Iron Age stone walling, with relics and artifacts on display that are dated at over 10 000 years old. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is not to be missed.

The Tshabalala Sanctuary, which is just 10 km from Bulawayo, and contains herds of zebra, giraffe, kudu, impala, wildebeest and hartebeest and many species of birds; the Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage, which is a wildlife breeding and research centre and sanctuary for orphaned, sick or abandoned wild animals, including lion, leopard, cheetah, black rhino and antelope; and the Mguza Nature Reserve, with hundreds of bird species is a paradise for avid bird watchers. Visitors to the reserve can also enjoy the picturesque picnic spots and beautiful walkways and drives, and just a few hours to the north is the world-famous Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls.

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