Places

On this page you’ll find a list of Cities, Towns and Places of interest in Matebeleland, some history and general facts about each place and a visual taste of the Matebeleland Kingdom.

City Crest for the City of Bulawayo

Bulawayo is the Historical seat of Matebeleland and the city of Kings. Based in the south of the country of Zimbabwe, Bulawayo is the second largest city in Zimbabwe and the capital of the Matebeleland province of Zimbabwe. It’s main significance through history is featured as the cultural capital of the Matebele people at the time that colonialism was storming through Africa, and is now regarded as the place where colonialism met the Zimbabwean nation. A modern thriving city, Bulawayo is a major hub for the farming community in the South of Zimbabwe, and a thriving tourism route channelling both road and rail to the West of Zimbabwe and into the Hwange and Victoria Falls region. Click on the link above for more information about Bulawayo.

The Coat of Arms of Victoria Falls

Often thought of as the Eighth wonder of the world, the Victoria Falls or Mosi O Tunya as the native Matebele people call it, certainly stands out as one of the finest gems in the African crown. Fed by the mighty Zambezi river, and on the boarder of Zimbabwe and Zambia, the Victoria Falls is listed as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Discovered by David Livingstone in his explorations of the Southern African continent Victoria Falls to this day is a mighty tourist attraction, bringing millions of viewers each year to wonder through its year round rain forest, and see the amazing beauty of the mighty Zambezi as it plunges into the gorge below. With a gorge that averages over 111 metres below the lie of the land, the river below the falls provides on of the only grade six white water rafting rivers in the world, closed for half the season as the water is considered far to aggressive when the river is in flood. For more information about the Victoria Falls, click on the Coat of Arms above.

Hwange Coat of Arms

Hwange is a small town in Northern Matebeleland Province of Zimbabwe. Although small, it is a major hub of industry as it houses the largest power producing plant in Zimbabwe, is a major coal mining centre, and also boasts the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe. The Hwange National Park backs onto the infamous Bostwanan’ Okovongo Swamps, and has some of the largest game herds in Zimbabwe. To find out more about Hwange click on the Coat of Arms above.

Coat of Arms of the Town of Beitbridge

Beitbridge one of the few Town names unaffected after independance in 1980 is an important centre in the South of Matebeleland South Province as it is the major land link and border point with South Africa. With the only rail and road bridge crossing the Limpopo River between Zimbabwe and South Africa this town has become a major trading route with multiple truck stops and facilities to cater to the many people crossing between countries either for business or pleasure. In recent times the town has grown in population as many Zimbabwean’s seek to try and escape difficult times in Zimbabwe and cross the boarder into South Africa for a chance of a better life with more opportunities. For more information about Beitbridge click on the Coat of Arms above.

Seal of the Town of Gwanda

I don’t know much about Gwanda so need some information. For more information about Gwanda click on the Coat of Arms above.

Plumtree's Coat of Arms

Plumtree is again a small town made important because of its border link with Botswana. Also home to the prestigious Plumtree Boy’s School, a boarding facility with a strong reputation as one of the finest schools in Zimbabwe, this small town has secured its place as a hub of activity in the Matebeleland South Province of Zimbabwe.

The Coat of Arms for Esigodini

Esigodini is another small centre in Matebeleland that I know little about so please help by providing information about this place. If you’d like to know more about Esigodini then please click on the Coat of Arms above.

Matobo National Park - Hotopos Hills

The Motopos Hills is an area of significant beauty in the Southern Matebeleland Province. Not far from Bulawayo the Motobo National Park is an area of historical significance as it is home to a large part of the historical story of the Ndebele and Matebele people. It is also home to the Cecil Rhodes memorial and is a major tourist area, with significant number of game and exotic flora and fauna. The region is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In this area you’ll find many traces of the San people, and other traces of historical cave and bush man tribes of historical significance. To find out more about the Matopos Hills, click on the Logo above.




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