Bulawayo is the second largest city in Zimbabwe after the capital Harare. It is located in Matabeleland, 439 kilometres southwest of Harare, and is now treated as a separate provincial area from Matabeleland. The capital of Matabeleland North is now Lupane, as Bulawayo is a stand-alone province.
Presented by the Zimbabwe Academy of Music, the Bulawayo Music Festival is held every two years from May 23-27. Playing host to a wide range of genres including classical, pop, jazz, and gospel, the festival is one of best musical showcases in the country. There are a variety of concerts by both international and Zimbabwean acts, but also informative workshops for festival-goers to attend.
Bulawayo is located at higher altitude. Here, summers are close to 30 degrees Celcius during the day, around 15 or 16 degrees at night. Winters (June - September) are above 20 degrees during the day, dropping to a rather chilly 7 degrees at night. Most rain falls between December and February, close to 200 mm a month in some places. June to September is almost completely dry.
|Avg Max||27.7 °C||27.2 °C||27.1 °C||25.9 °C||24.1 °C||21.6 °C||21.5 °C||24.4 °C||27.9 °C||29.4 °C||28.7 °C||27.7 °C|
|Avg Min||16.5 °C||16.2 °C||15.3 °C||13 °C||9.9 °C||7.4 °C||7.2 °C||9.1 °C||12.4 °C||15 °C||16 °C||16.3 °C|
|Rainfall||117.8 mm||104.6 mm||51.4 mm||33.3 mm||7 mm||2.2 mm||1 mm||1.4 mm||7 mm||38.4 mm||91.1 mm||120.3 mm|
Since 2006, there is a thrice a week train between Francistown in Botswana and Bulawayo. The train leaves Francistown on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays around 9am and arrives approximately 6 hours later in Bulawayo. In the other direction, the train leaves Bulawayo at 9.30am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, taking 5 and a half hours.
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