Bulawayo Mini Guide
These days many of the travellers to Bulawayo are either from the few remaining European settlers there, a growing number of business travellers drawn by the natural resources of the country or a few brave tourists willing to run the gauntlet of a country whose violent crime levels, especially against white people, has been horrendous until recently.
How to get to Bulawayo Airport?
The airport is international but only to neighbouring African countries. If you want to fly into Bulawayo from outside Africa then you’ll need to make a connection with the most popular route being to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport
. From Bulawayo Airport, it’s best to pick up a hire car rather than rely on public transport.
What is the airport like?
Currently it’s a little shabby, crowded and lacking in facilities but that’s due to change soon, for Chinese money is going to help improve and expand the airport so it can handle nearly ten thousand passengers a day at peak times. The upgraded facility will also improve on the poor provision of services seen in the current airport. You’ll currently find only a small café with a very limited range of food and sometimes none at all, served with coffee or Zimbabwean beer.
There are no shops but there are hawkers trying to sell you tourist tat and they can be persistent for they often bribe airport security to turn a blind eye. You can change money at the airport at a reasonable rate but bear in mind that Zimbabwe now uses US
dollars and so it’s easier to bring some with you.