Although I have been to Bulawayo, Ethiopian Airlines‘ third destination in Zimbabwe, unfortunately I don’t have any photos of it. After a bizarre hitchhiking adventure from Masvingo, the home of the Great Zimbabwe historical site — and origin of the name of the country — I made it to the Holiday Inn at around 3am. After a quick walk around Bulawayo, I hopped on a shared van to Victoria Falls.
Even though Victoria Falls is the premier tourist attraction in Zimbabwe, a place like Great Zimbabwe — seat of an eastern African empire between the 11th and 15th centuries — deserves an equal amount of respect. Thus, I mention the site not only because of its importance, but also because Bulawayo is slightly closer to it than Harare, the capital.
Now with Ethiopian Airlines, and consequently the first major airline alliance in years, the Star Alliance, making its foray into Bulawayo’s Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport, some of the region’s most famous attractions are just a few hours away by road.
Per Aeroroutes.com, the schedule, via Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe on the outbound, is as follows:
Addis Ababa ADD 08:30 – 12:10 Victoria Falls VFA
Victoria Falls VFA 13:10 – 13:55 Bulawayo BUQ
Bulawayo BUQ 14:55 – 20:45 Addis Ababa ADD
A Boeing 737-800/737 MAX 8 will be flying the route, which as of its inaugural flight on 30 October 2022, will operate every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.