Top ChoiceMuseum in Bulawayo

Natural History Museum

Zimbabwe's largest and best museum makes for an essential visit. Set over three floors, it offers a great overview of the country's natural, anthropological and geological history. Its highlight is its taxidermy...

Top ChoiceInternational in Bulawayo

26 on Park

Housed in a colonial building with sprawling lawns and a big patio, this casual fine-dining restaurant is one of Bulawayo's best. Its menu changes seasonally, and well-trained chefs cook up the likes of regional...

Top ChoiceShoes in Bulawayo

Giga & Sons

Established in 1932, this fourth-generation family-run menswear store is most famous for its Courtney Boots – a homegrown shoe, sold worldwide. All of its safari boots are handmade, and are produced from a range...

Archaeological Site in Bulawayo

Khami Ruins

Just 22km from Bulawayo, the Unesco World Heritage–listed Khami Ruins may not have the grandeur of Great Zimbabwe, but it's an impressive archaeological site nonetheless. The second largest stone monument built...

Museum in Bulawayo

Bulawayo Railway Museum

Whether you're a train enthusiast or not, Bulwayo's Railway Museum rarely disappoints. Its passionate curator, Gordon Murray, will take you on a tour of the place, where you'll get a fascinating insight into the...

International in Bulawayo

Bulawayo Club

Chandeliers, silverware, marble pillars and gleaming hardwood floors might have you thinking you need to dust off your blazer. Not to worry chaps: the Bulawayo Club's dining-room surrounds may be decked out for...

Gallery in Bulawayo

National Art Gallery

Set in a beautiful 100-year-old, colonial, double-terrace Edwardian building, the National Art Gallery shows temporary and permanent exhibitions of contemporary Zimbabwean sculpture and paintings. A visit here...

Cafe in Bulawayo

Studio Nosh

Within the National Art Gallery is this quality little cafe doing homemade cakes, burgers and inventive mains such as crocodile-and-eggplant laksa. Otherwise come by purely for its excellent coffee to enjoy on...

African in Bulawayo


Try a traditional Zimbabwean meal at this bright and cheery eatery. Follow the locals and plunge your fingers into tasty fish and sticky meat dishes sopped up with filling piles of sadza (maize-meal porridge)....

Pub in Bulawayo

King's Head

The beautiful colonial Selborne Hotel is home to the King's Head pub, established in 1894. Reputedly Zimbabwe's oldest pub (originally called the Tattersalls Hotel), today it's a relaxed spot popular with locals...

Cafe in Bulawayo

Indaba Book Cafe

One of downtown's best cafes is this cool little hang-out, with books for sale, proper coffee, free wi-fi and quality homemade cakes. The food is also excellent, ranging from double-beef burgers and Asian curries...

Cricket in Bulawayo

Queens Sports Club

This scenic, historic ground hosts international Tests and limited-over cricket matches, though it's rare an international team swings by these days. It has a capacity of 13,000 with plenty of lawn to sit and...

Bar in Bulawayo

Copa Cubana

One of Bulawayo's latest hot spots is this swanky city bar that pulls in a young, lively, well-dressed crowd. There's a DJ, good cocktails and quality food from the team that cooks at 26 on Park.

Books in Bulawayo


Inside the National Art Gallery is this store that stocks some of the best books on Zimbabwe in the country. There's also some interesting art magazines, Zimbabwean music and crafts for sale.

Arts Center in Bulawayo

Zimbabwe Academy of Music

Events at this arts centre, established in 1949, are a cultured way to keep yourself occupied in the evenings. Expect anything from theatre and recitals to movie screenings. Check its website for upcoming events.

Live Music in Bulawayo

Cape to Cairo

Within a colonial building is this bar-restaurant that hosts live Afro jazz bands nightly. It's a pretty local scene, but everyone is welcoming and bands start around 8.30pm and play till late. Entry is free.

Bar in Bulawayo


Part of the boutique Banff Lodge guesthouse is this open-air thatched bar with swimming pool and lawn – the perfect spot to unwind.

Cafe in Bulawayo

Earth Cafe

Hidden down a side street off a busy thoroughfare is this leafy cafe that makes for a great place to chill out with a strong local coffee, fresh juice and a choice of light or hearty meals.