Bulawayo is Zimbabwe’s second largest city. Located in the South-west of the country, it is home to more than a million people.
The city is the hub of the province of Matabeleland which comprises the whole western Zimbabwe from the South African border in the south to Victoria Falls in the north.
The city has wide tree lined streets and is surrounded by beautiful parks, a legacy of Cecil John Rhodes. Within the city are many examples of early Victorian buildings which are maintained by the City council and landlords as heritage sites.
Bulawayo houses the country’s main museum, the Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe, a railway museum, the Art gallery, which is housed in a most attractive turn of the century building, theatres, the Mzilikazi Art and craft centre, good hotels and one of the finest caravan and camping parks in Zimbabwe. Bulawayo is also home to the Chipangali wildlife orphanage and the Khami Ruins.
One of Zimbabwe’s major tourist attractions is the Matopos National Park, less than an hour’s drive from the city. As one leaves the city travelling south, many granite outcrops are seen. They increase in number and size as the distance from the city grows. By the time the Park is entered one is surrounded by a dramatic and enveloping scenery that is unique and extraordinary.
Just twenty-two kilometers to the west of the Bulawayo is Khami Ruins, one of southern Africa’s magnificent Late Iron Age ruins (now an Unesco World Heritage Site.) The land adjoining the ruins has been made into a Nature Reserve by the City Council, called Mazwi Nature Reserve, where the visitor may walk, drive and picnic.
Mzilikazi Arts and Crafts Centre, situated just out of town off the Old Falls road, is definitely worth a visit where visitors can choose from a wide selection of skillfully crafted sculptures, basketry, pottery, beadwork and woodwork – all done by local people.
Granite Park has a rural environment but are only ten minutes from Bulawayo’s city center, nestled amongst granite rocks. There is a picturesque waterfall cascading into a natural swimming pool for your pleasure. It is here that the Dassies may show themselves whilst basking on one of the granite outcrops. The property is on eight acres and is on route to the magnificent Matopos.
Thatched self-contained chalets, with teak fitted kitchen including fridge and stove, a separate double bedroom with the convenience of a sleeper couch in the lounge, are fully equipped and capable of accommodating four people with ease.
Musketeers Lodge was incorporated in April 1998 – built by three well known Bulawayo entrepreneurs, specifically as a retreat for international hunters in transit from the hunting areas – hence the name.
The Lodge is situated 9 kilometres from the City Centre on the Matopos Road, at 42 Annabel Drive, Eloana. Easy access and a well signposted route takes you out to the city limits and into the bush within minutes as the lodge borders on Tshabalala Nature Reserve, with the fence running along the lodge grounds.
Set in a beautiful, tranquil environment, boasting rolling green lawns and mature indigenous and exotic trees, it is a bird lover’s paradise and a welcome get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for the tired executive. The Musketeers is an ideal stopover on the way to Matopos or for an overnight stay whilst waiting for a connecting flight or before proceeding to the safari world of Hwange, Victoria Falls and the Great Zimbabwe.
The lodge is a B&B Guest House offering bed only as well as dinner, bed and breakfast rates which are very competitive. Parking is secure and all rooms have television with the choice of a room with either shower or bath. All meals are prepared by an executive chef who is very proud of the delicious food he produces. DSTV and Internet access are also available.
Musketeers offers other facilities and also provides for private functions, dinners and business breakfasts and parties.
The lush gardens provide a romantic venue and are available for hire for special occasions. The gardens are well maintained and stay green throughout the year. The mature indigenous trees and abundant birdlife make for a tranquil get away and for a unique enjoyment of nature.
For the business executive that needs some peace and quiet, the traveller needing a restful stopover, the couple looking for a romantic get-away or the family needing to build and share memories, you will be sure to find the perfect spot in the garden.
Come and experience it for yourself.
Situated in the leafy suburb of Hillside is The Nesbitt Castle , formally the private residence of Mr. Theodore Holdengarde, The Nesbitt Castle was restored and reopened as a boutique hotel in 1990 by Mr. Digby Nesbitt.
Medieval architecture with signature crenellations and ramparts echo an era when romance and chivalry were the hallmark of hospitality. That gracious ethos remains the signature of Nesbitt Castle today.
Featured in the 1992 blockbuster movie, The Power of One, written by Bryce Courtenay and directed by John G. Avildsen, The Castle has played host to such luminaries as Morgan Freeman, Stephen Dorf and Daniel Craig.
Ten gloriously individual suites lie behind our castle walls, stone-chilled in the heat of summer, cosy and welcoming for those cooler days. Be enchanted by the carved four poster beds, enviable antique collection and gothic curiosities that await you along every twisting passageway and behind every gothic oak door.
Southern Comfort Lodge
Southern Comfort Lodge consists of 6 twin rooms with bathroom en suite, overlooking beautiful gardens and a small lake. There is an abundance of bird life, a bird watchers paradise!
Each room has television, fans and heaters for the different seasons, tea and coffee facilities. In the evening you can join your hosts Craig and Lesley for sundowners in the “Sneaky Rat” bar before moving onto a sumptuous 3 course meal prepared by our chefs.In the mornings a full English breakfast to start your day.
Southern Comfort has safe parking for vehicles with a guard from 6pm – 6am.
The lodge is ideally situated for visiting the Matobo National Park a World Heritage site for the black and white rhino.
Antelope Park – Gweru
Zimbabwe’s Premier Private Wildlife Park. Voted one of Zimbabwe’s top 10 most intriguing destinations”
Situated 8 kilometres from Gweru in the Zimbabwe Midlands, Antelope Park is the ideal stopover for anyone looking for a truly unique experience – and we do mean unique! After all, where else in the world can you walk with lions, accompany them on a hunt or swim with one of Africa’s Big 5? Nowhere! Because we can claim three World Exclusives: the Lion Walk, the Night Encounter and Elephant Swim!
There are various styles of accommodation ranging from thatch lodges, to meru style luxury tents, with en-suite accommodation, to standard rooms & camping, both which share communal ablutions.