Matobo National Park
Area 2 000sq km. One of Zimbabwe’s major tourist attractions 32km south of Bulawayo. It is a Unesco World Heritage site. Contains fantastic rock formations with San (Bushmen) painted caves. National Parks Rest Camp overlooks the Maleme Dam, where there are also caravan and camping sites with a game park with 20 varieties of game. Some species of animals – sable, impala, klipspringer, rhino, wildebeeste, zebra, and occasionally leopard may be seen in the Park. Bird life is prolific and includes the world’s largest concentration of Black Eagles. There are Site Museums at Nswatugi and Pomongwe San painted caves.
There is an entrance charge. PAYMENT CAN BE MADE AT POMONGWE CAVE OR RHODES’ GRAVE TO THESE NATIONAL MONUMENTS. The park gates open at 6am and close at 6pm. There is also a charge into the park itself.
Caravan parks and camping sites adjoin the picturesque dams which are under the control of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. On the hill “Malindidzimu”, the legendary place of Benevolent Spirits, also known as “View of the World”, are the tombs of Cecil John Rhodes, Leander Starr Jameson, Sir James Coghlan and the Allan Wilson Memorial.
The distance from Bulawayo to Rhodes’ Grave is 46km; to the Game Park via Maleme Dam – 80km, or 52km direct. The road passes Lake Matobo, 26km from Bulawayo. Leave the city southwards by Robert Mugabe Way, which becomes the Matopos Road. Several lodges adjoin the Park. Fuel is not available in the Park.
Tshabalala Game Sanctuary
10km from the City Centre on the Matopos Road. It contains a varied selection of animals, including giraffe, kudu, zebra, impala, wildebeeste and tsessebe, and many species of wild birds and waterfowl. Driving and cycling are permitted. No refreshments are available. The Sanctuary is operated by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. Open 6am – 6pm. There is an entrance charge. Best viewing is late afternoon.
Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage and Research Centre
Situated on the main Gwanda Road, 23km east of Bulawayo, Chipangali provides a home for orphaned, sick or abandoned wild animals. There are lion, leopard, cheetah, black rhino, many species of antelope and a large collection of birds. Open daily except Mondays, and Christmas Day, from 10am to 5pm. Refreshments available. There is an entrance charge. The Princess Diana Memorial Education Centre, was funded by donations from her Trust and was officially opened by her brother Lord Spencer in January 2000. Mr Viv Wilson, founder of Chipangali Wildlife Orphanange was initially a Curator at the Natural History Museum.
A Unesco World Heritage Site, situated 22km west of Bulawayo, the Ruins consist of a series of terraces and passages supported by massive granite walls, some overlooking Khami Dam and Khami Gorge. Building in stone began in this area over 500 years ago. A small museum displays relics found at the site, some over 100 000 years old. No refreshments are available. (There is no entrance charge). Proceed west on the 13th Avenue, through the Industrial Area. Closes at 4.30pm.
Mazwi Nature Reserve
13th Avenue, 28km west from the City Centre. Turn right at Khami Prison Road and continue for 6km then turn right another 6km to the entrance gate. Small entrance charge. A Municipal Recreational Park.
Mguza Nature Reserve
15km on the Victoria Falls Road, 650 hectares. Picnic spots, picturesque walks and fishing. Variety of wildlife and birds. Small entrance charge. A Municipal Recreational Park.
Zimbabwe International Trade Fair
Held annually at the end of April. Various other exhibitions are held throughout the year in the Zimbabwe Exhibition Centre, situated on Hillside Road. Exhibition Halls also available for hire. Tel: 884911. Email: email@example.com
A nature reserve and bird sanctuary, with many picturesque walks and picnic areas, as well as a restuarant. Take Hillside Road for 5kms and then turn left into Cecil Avenue and right into Banff Road. There is a small entrance charge.
Bulawayo has a large number of sporting clubs and stadia, where national and international matches frequently take place. There are several gymnasia, as well as an olympic size swimming pool.