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Bulawayo Airport Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • Bulawayo Airport’s full name is Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport
  • It was named after the founder of the Zimbabwe African People’s Union
  • The airport has several international routes to neighbouring countries but none outside of Africa
  • Bulawayo Airport handles over a million passengers each year making it the second busiest in Zimbabwe
  • The airport is twelve miles from the centre of the city

Bulawayo Mini Guide

Who Flies to Bulawayo Airport?
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.

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How Easy is it 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.

Driving in Bulawayo Airport - Need to know



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Road conditions outside the city of Bulawayo can leave much to be desired which is why you should consider a four wheel drive car if you’re travelling outside of the city.
Check out the range of four wheel drive vehicles we have on offer at Bulawayo Airport. You can choose from a small open top jeep to something a lot more substantial if you’re going to do some serious off-roading. Whichever you choose, you’ll be assured of getting a quality hire car– you certainly don’t want it breaking down, miles from anywhere. In case the unexpected happens, we make sure someone will come to your help by including 24 hour roadside assistance in with the price you pay. For those other annoying problems, you’ll also have comprehensive insurance and collision damage waiver cover in the price.

Make sure you pre-book your Bulawayo Airport hire car well in advance of your trip for 4 x 4 cars are very popular and sell out quickly.  Finally, if you have any concerns over booking a hire car from Bulawayo Airport, just call us or use Live Chat and we’ll be glad to help.

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