|Start||Antelope Park, Gweru|
|Finish||Cresta Churchill Hotel, Bulawayo|
|Accomotation||Cresta Churchill Hotel|
|Ascent||1085m (6.4 m per km)|
|Descent||1051m (6.2 m per km)|
Points of Interest
Bulawayo is the second-largest city in Zimbabwe after the capital Harare, with, as of the 2012 census, a population of 653,337. It is in Matabeleland, 439 km (273 mi) southwest of Harare, and is now treated as a separate provincial area from Matabeleland. The capital of Matabeleland North is now Lupane, as Bulawayo is a metropolitan province.
Colloquially Bulawayo is known by other names: "City of Kings", "Skies", "Bluez", or "Ntuthu ziyathunqa" — a Ndebele phrase for "smoke arising". This name arose from the city's historically large industrial base and specifically draws from the large cooling towers of the coal powered electricity generating plant situated in the city centre that once used to billow steam and smoke over the city. The majority of the Bulawayo's population belongs to the Ndebele ethnic and language group.
For a long time, Bulawayo was regarded as the industrial centre of Zimbabwe, and it served as the hub to the country's rail network with the National Railways of Zimbabwe headquartered there because of its strategic position near Botswana and South Africa. It is the nearest large city to Hwange National Park, Matobo National Park and Victoria Falls.
Cresta Churchill Hotel
Perfectly situated near many of Bulawayo’s historical and cultural landmarks is the Cresta Churchill hotel – a mere 6.7km from the Railway Museum, 7km from the Natural History Museum, and a comfortable travelling distance from the Khami Ruins (within 32km) and the Matobo National Park (about 52km away).
For the avid bird watcher, the Matobo National Park is a must and other natural heritage sites include the final resting place of Cecil Rhodes as well as the Victoria Falls. The hotel itself is an historical gem, its Tudor architecture reminiscent of a forgotten time. One of the best hotels in Bulawayo, Cresta Churchill was established to provide accommodation for holidaymakers and discerning travelers on business. It was previously known as the ‘Churchill Arms’, a popular meeting place for both locals and tourists, and still fondly remembered by members of the community. The hotel has retained its charm and welcoming ambiance over the years. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, Cresta Churchill is fully equipped to make your stay a pleasurable one.
The rooms are elegant yet comfortable, air-conditioned and fully serviced, and the food at the Inglenook Restaurant is renowned for its excellence. A swimming pool, cocktail bar and satellite television in all the rooms provide all you need to round off your trip perfectly. Business travelers will find all their requirements met at the hotel. There are two conference rooms, the largest of which can cater for up to 120 people, while the smaller conference room can accommodate up to 40 people.
Find out more: http://www.crestahotels.com/hotels/cresta-churchill/