General Information About BulawayoBulawayo is the second-largest city in Zimbabwe after the capital Harare, with, as of the 2012 census, a population of 653,337. It is located in Matabeleland, 439 km (273 mi) 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. Colloquially Bulawayo is also known by various names, these being the 'City of Kings', 'Skies', 'Bluez', 'Bulliesberg' or 'KoNtuthu ziyathunqa' – an Ndebele phrase for "a place that continually exudes smoke". This name arose from the city's historically large industrial base. The majority of the Bulawayo's population belongs to the Ndebele ethnic and language group. For a long time in Zimbabwe's history Bulawayo was regarded as the industrial centre of Zimbabwe and the city served as the hub to the country's rail network with the National Railways of Zimbabwe headquartered there because of its strategic position near Botswana and South Africa. It is the nearest large city to Hwange National Park, Matobo National Park and Victoria Falls.
Bulawayo Culture and HistoryThe city was founded by the Ndebele king, Lobengula the son of King Mzilikazi kaMatshobana who settled in modern-day Zimbabwe around the 1840s after the Ndebele people's great trek from Zululand. The name Bulawayo comes from the isiNdebele word KoBulawayo meaning 'a place where he is being killed.' It is thought that at the time of the formation of the city, there was a civil war and a group of Ndebeles not aligned to Prince Lobengula were fighting him as they felt he was not the heir to the throne, hence he gave his capital the name 'where he (the prince) is being killed'.
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Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel Bulawayo Zimbabwe
The Bulawayo Hotel has everything to offer the travelling national and international visitor. The multi-lingual staff will strive to make your stay a memorable one, and will delight in showing you the best of their city has to offer.
Cresta Churchill Bulawayo Zimbabwe
Perfectly situated near many of Bulawayo’s historical and cultural landmarks is the Cresta Churchill hotel – a mere 6.7km from the Railway Museum, 7km from the Natural History Museum, and a comfortable travelling distance from the Khami Ruins (within 32km) and the Matobo National Park (about 52km away).
Holiday Inn, Bulawayo Bulawayo Zimbabwe
Choose the peaceful Holiday Inn Bulawayo hotel, your ideal conference venue close to Bulawayo city centre.The tranquil Holiday Inn Bulawayo is set among blooming gardens, just 3km from downtown Bulawayo. Sink into a sofa in the homely Lobby while you surf the web with complimentary wireless Internet, or host events in our 4 spacious meeting rooms.