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Living in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

26 local experts

If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Bulawayo, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 26 people living in Bulawayo what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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If you are moving to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe your expectations for a good time will meet your standards as this city has a clean and vibrant environment.

Patrick Gwasira, says: 2023

Welcome to the city of kings and queens. Please keep to the left and find yourself a church or a bar, you’ll need it. Also zupco is not the name of a washing powder brand, it’s the name given to many hours spent commuting from one place to the next.

Tapiwa, says: 2022

Bulawayo is one of the most welcoming cities in Zimbabwe, with friendly people, and a beautiful environment. It is, however, significantly affected by the economic hardship the country is presently facing. For many business owners, life in Bulawayo requires a significant amount of determination and work ethic, as demand for goods and services constantly changes.

Tariro, says: 2020

Bulawayo is a beautiful city. Jacaranda trees line every street and look unimaginably beautiful when in season. The people are warm and friendly. We have tourist attractions, namely our museum, wildlife parks and sanctuaries. Although we do not have a national currency, the United States Dollar is used as a base for every transaction.

Clarence, says: 2020

Bulawayo has the perfect balance between city life and those who seek a tranquil environment. It is a cultural city with early Victorian building structures and the most welcoming community. You will find the range of different languages spoken amusing, especially for a city where approximately seven hundred thousand people stay.

Lorita, says: 2020

Bulawayo is also known as the city of kings and queens. It was once well known for its industrial factories that have since been shutdown due to some economic challenges in the country. It is the second largest city in Zimbabwe and is largely populated by people from the Ndebele tribe.

Brenda, says: 2020

Bulawayo arguably has the most efficient city council in the country because not only does it have the cleanest tap water, it also has the cleanest streets in the country too. The city does not only have a council dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness but it also has citizens who pride themselves in their city’s tidiness.

Blessings, says: 2020

Bulawayo is the second capital of Zimbabwe. It is located in the southern part of the country. The city has a dry savanna climate and temperatures are usually around 30 °C in the summer. Most locals speak Ndebele but they are also quite fluent in English. Moving around the city is by public transport though it is unreliable at times, private cabs are also however available. There are quite a number of outdoor tourist attractions in Bulawayo and these include Chipangali animal orphanage, Matopos national parks.

Liberty, says: 2020

My city is known for having the best historical museum in the country which is located right in the middle of the Central Business District(CBD). It also boasts of having a large city hall where people can meet with the Mayor and have serious conversations about what needs to be done to improve the livelihood of everyone staying in the city.

Nicole, says: 2020

Bulawayo is the second largest city in Zimbabwe. It is surrounded by Tourism destinations, including, one of the seven wonders of the world, the mighty Victoria falls. In close proximity to it, is the Matobo Hills national park, endowed by spectacular hills and animals. To add onto that, about 300 kms away you will find The Hwange National Park.

Someone moving to Bulawayo should know our city is very popular for its history and background. It is also called the City of Kings. Bulawayo is also the second-largest city in Zimbabwe. Bulawayo’s first newspaper was the Chronicle which was launched as a twice-weekly newspaper in October of 1894.

Blessings, says: 2020

Bulawayo is a small town with very warm and friendly people. Bulawayo also has temperate weather winters are not too cold and summers and not scorchingly hot. Summer weather does tend to be dry with little to no humidity at all. The perfect place for anyone with farming ambitions.

Dimitri, says: 2020

Bulawayo is a very active city hence it is noisy and crowded with population of around two million people. Be ready to deal with high traffic during rush hours. The city has experienced a reduction in the crime rate however I encourage caution as the city is well known for public violence and robberies.

Clarence, says: 2020

Bulawayo is the City of Kings and Queens. It was the first place, where the settlers from British South Africa Company chose. The colonial settlers met King Lobengula and his kingdom. An treaty was then signed between the two parties which saw the growth of Bulawayo, from a small kingdom to a regional city which connected the entire southern region of Africa.

Yananayi, says: 2020

Someone moving to Bulawayo should know the economy is not stable and there isn’t a variety of jobs to choose from. They should also know that education is not very good here; most schools are not up to date. The health department is not up to date as doctors are qualified but underpaid hence making them furious.

Annahcolata, says: 2020

Bulawayo is a multicultural city with two main languages, Shona and Ndebele. The second largest ethnic group, the Ndebele people are found in this region. It is also the second largest city by size and population. Knowledge of the Ndebele language is important since about half the population are native Ndebele speakers. The city is in the hotter regions of the country so summers can be really hot.

Angellah, says: 2020

Bulawayo popularly known as the City of Kings, is the second Capital city of Zimbabwe and second largest city in the country. Bulawayo has affordable rentals and is near many tourist resorts. Its CBD is easy to navigate, the major focal point of the town is the NRZ building which is the tallest building in Bulawayo.

Bulawayo is the city of Kings and queens. It is so warm and it is the home of great tourist resorts like Matobo Hills, Hillside Dam, Kami Ruins, and the National Museum. Bulawayo is full of kind and warm people who treat strangers well. The prices of different commodities is quite affordable in this city.

Bulawayo is the second largest in the country, however, it shows great contrast to the capital. It is quiet and not very populated compared to Harare. The city is beautiful and most people go about minding their own business. The CBD is not very large but one can find some exciting activities to partake in, such as going to the cinema or the city pool.

Lorita, says: 2020

Bulawayo is the second capital city in Zimbabwe the city is also the second-largest city after Harare. The city is well known for its calm and peaceful atmosphere which is quite conducive for foreign travelers. It is surrounded by a few tourist attractions such a Matobo Hills and Khami Ruins.

Nyasha, says: 2020

It is the second Capital city in Zimbabwe therefor making it the second largest city in the country. It has a population estimated to be around 700 000. The city is surrounded by a few tourist attractions such as the famous Matobo Hills, Khami Ruins and Hillside Dams. Overly the city has a calm atmosphere that is safe for tourists.

Know the local languages spoken so that it is easy to communicate with people. Most of the population in Bulawayo speaks Ndebele and there are also a few people who speak Shona. However, being an English speaker is not a problem at all because English is the official language.

Penninah, says: 2020

It has a population of 650 000 residents according to the last census. When it comes to doing business, the language that is commonly used is English. It is fairly close to the neighboring country to the west. The weather is warm owing to that it lies within the tropical zone.

Tendai, says: 2020

Bulawayo is in the southern region of Zimbabwe and therefore, experiences a temperate climate with hot summers and cold winters. The popular culture used to be Ndebele but a high level of social integration has led to an open minded, diverse population that gives a true representation of the country as a whole.

Nqobile, says: 2020

Bulawayo is the second largest city in the south west of the Zimbabwe. The city consists of cultural monuments that include the Natural history museum. Bulawayo is the main gateway to Matobo national park which is the most popular resort area. The popular dwellers of the city are the Ndebele people under Mzilikazi Clan.

Bianca, says: 2020

Bulawayo is a city in southwest Zimbabwe. It’s a gateway to Matobo National Park, home to the Matobo Hills rock formations and Stone Age cave art. It is the second capital city in Zimbabwe. Of all the cities that are there in the country it has the lowest crime rate. Most people in the city speak the Ndebele language.

Charlene, says: 2020

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