The Bulawayo Club
At a Glance
Colonial former gentlemen's club in the heart of Bulawayo
Comfortable ensuite bedrooms
Lovely courtyard for lunch
Take a city tour of historical Bulawayo
Fascinating antiques and pictures to bring Zimbabwe's colonial history to life
Best time to Visit
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From mid May through to early August the days are warm and clear but the night time temperatures can drop below freezing. September through to May is generally hot in the day and warm at night, Bulawayo sees rain from late November to April.
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The Bulawayo Club is found in the heart of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's historic second city. Originating as a Gentleman’s Club, in a tradition which flourished during the Age of Empire, the Club has been brought back to life as a boutique hotel.
The foundation stone was laid by Prince George, later King George VI, in 1935, a period where Bulawayo was considered by many to be the most powerful city in Southern Africa.
Revelling in a unique tradition and now lavishly renovated, the Club takes you back to a time less stressed and cynical. The classic intimacy of this remarkable establishment will ensure you return time and again.
While The Bulawayo Club has been lovingly renovated, much of the original furniture, fittings and early colonial artwork remains. Visitors will be walking in the steps of the giants, both illustrious and notorious, of Southern African history.
The Governors’ Restaurant is one of the most gracious dining venues in the city where hotel residents and guests can enjoy a fine dining experience. The restaurant is served by the “Lobengula Cocktail Lounge” which commemorates the brutal king of the Matabele people. Throughout the day, a light menu is available al fresco in “The Atrium.”
The ground floor boasts the best billiards room in the city, as well as the famous “Long Bar”, and the Member’s Library with its collection of rare books.
The Bulawayo Club has fifteen ensuite rooms and suites which have recently been refurbished carefully and in keeping with the Club's colonial atmosphere.
The Club's bedrooms are found on the second floor. The fifteen rooms have been brought into the 21st century with décor and fabrics which complement the dignified surroundings. The rooms are light and welcoming, with the high ceilings, big windows and Oregon pine floors fashionable in a bygone era.
The standard rooms have either queen beds or twin double beds, overhead fans and en-suite bathrooms. Each room is unique, some with balconies overlooking Bulawayo’s street life, some courtyard-facing.
The two suites provide an adjoining lounge with satellite TV. On the same floor the Residents Lounge and balcony provides the convenience of a mini-bar, tea and coffee station and satellite TV.
From the Bulawayo Club, take a city tour of this historical city and a chance to savour the beauty of the nearby Matopos Hills.
Explore the Matopos Hills
The rocky landscape of the Matopos is a mysterious place. Rich in spiritual significance for the Ndebele people, and boasting over 2000 San rock art sites. Learn about the myths and legends of one of Africa's most significant cultural areas.
The Matopos National Park is one of the best places in Southern Africa to track rhino on foot. WIth the knowledge and experience of your professional safari guide, get up close to this critically endangered species.
View of the World
Visit the tomb of Cecil John Rhodes, the View of the World. Known as the dwelling place of spirits for the fallen British and Matabele soldiers who gather here at sunset. The views are utterly spectacular and the location charged with energy.
Location & directions
The Bulaweyo Club is found the heart of Bulaweyo on the corner 8th Avenue and Fort Street.
How to get there
It is an 11-hour international flight to Johannesburg International Airport, followed by a 1-hour 45-minute flight to Bulawayo. Alternatively, you can fly to Bulawayo via Harare.
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