Hillside Dams, once the principle source of Bulawayo’s water
supply, are in easy reach of the centre of town.
Although distinct from the Matopo Hills,
this area of broken kopjes and sandy open plains resembles the much
larger, better-known World Heritage Site. Yet it lies with in the
Bulawayo City boundary. Its natural vegetation is still largely
intact and includes a wide range of species while the bird life
The area has attracted people since the earliest
of times. It is not surprising that it was the location of one of
King Lobengula Khumalo’s favourite royal village to which
he escaped when the stresses and strains of power at the nearby
capital of koBulawayo were too great. More recently it has catered
for generations of Bulawayo residents seeking an accessible place
of refuge and winding down.
As a community-oriented project the area
has been leased by a group of local residents with the aim of restoring
it to being once again one of the prime recreational venues in Bulawayo,
enjoyed by all of its residents.