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Bulawayo is in Zimbabwe. It is the second-largest city in the country, after the capital Harare, and until recently was Zimbabwe's industrial capital. It is a relaxed, elegant city with tree-lined boulevards and an air of shabby gentility. However, it's worth a day or two -- you can find good shopping and a worthwhile movie theater -- if passing through. It means to slaughter. This is the place where Mzilikazi had his first capital and used to slaughter his enemies.
A train runs about once every day from Victoria Falls to Bulawayo. The trip takes about 18 hours with expected delays and costs about $10, though prices are less for second and third class. Of course, these are not up to European standards. First class has 4 bunks per compartment, Second class has 6 bunks per compartment.
Minibus taxis run from the township outside Victoria Falls to Bulawayo in the very early morning and takes approximately 7 hours.
Two bus companies, including Greyhound, currently have once daily service from Bulawayo to Johannesburg, about an 18 hour journey including customs. The trip costs about 300 to 400 rand.
The city's outdoor swimming pool is like something out of a 1920s movie, with its ranks of brightly painted changing booths. Lie on the grass and watch the cranes roost in the towering trees of the neighbouring botanic gardens.
The Bulawayo Centre is a modern shopping centre with chic clothes shops, an internet cafe and a cinema.