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Bulawayo

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Introduction

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.

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Events and Festivals

Bulawayo Music Festival

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.

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Weather

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.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max27.7 °C27.2 °C27.1 °C25.9 °C24.1 °C21.6 °C21.5 °C24.4 °C27.9 °C29.4 °C28.7 °C27.7 °C
Avg Min16.5 °C16.2 °C15.3 °C13 °C9.9 °C7.4 °C7.2 °C9.1 °C12.4 °C15 °C16 °C16.3 °C
Rainfall117.8 mm104.6 mm51.4 mm33.3 mm7 mm2.2 mm1 mm1.4 mm7 mm38.4 mm91.1 mm120.3 mm
Rain Days10853110014810

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Getting There

By Train

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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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Bulawayo Burn Side Cottage10 Barbet lane, Burn side, BulawayoAPARTMENT-
Worldsview CampsiteGranite Ridge Wildlife Reserve MatoposCAMPSITE-

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -20.1499546
  • Longitude: 28.5818732

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