Overview of Hostel
Burkes' Paradise is set on a 12 acre plot of land covered in a mix of natural bush and well maintained lawns.
We have 3 twin rooms, 2 doubles and 2 dorm rooms (4 single beds in each dorm room). We also have a lot of camping space and have had up to 50 people camping here at once.
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The roads coming into Bulawayo from Beit Bridge, Harare, and Plumtree all lead directly into central Bulawayo. The road from Victoria Falls is the exception in that you need to turn left from Lady Stanley St onto Masotsha Ndlovu Ave at the T-Junction and then at the first traffic lights turn right into Main St.
Central Bulawayo is laid out in a grid pattern. At the eastern edge of the grid is Samuel Parirenyatwa Road. You should head south on Samuel Parirenyatwa, towards Hillside, to leave the central grid. (The road name changes to Hillside Road as you leave the central grid.) After you have left the central grid you will go through two traffic lights. The first is the intersection with 23rd Ave, the second is at Cecil Ave. Proceed straight across both of these traffic lights. 2.5km after the Cecil Ave traffic lights turn right into Inverleith Drive. (A landmark to look out for is a large mobile phone tower on the right hand side of the road; Inverleith Drive is the next right after the tower). A couple of hundred meters up Inverleith Drive you will come to the driveway into Burkes' Paradise on the left hand side of the road. The driveway is marked by two stone pillars (one on each side) with the number 11 painted on both of them. The driveway is about 100m long. Go all the way to the end and park at Paradise. If we don't come out to greet you then please hoot to alert us to your arrival.
As in some other African countries, Bulawayo's main public transport is provided by minibuses that follow a regular route but will stop anywhere to pick up or drop off passengers. These are variously called Emergency Taxis, ETs, Chovas or just Minibuses. The normal cost around Bulawayo is R5 per person (that is five South African Rand).
To get to Burkes' Paradise from central Bulawayo go to Samuel Parirenyatwa Rd between 12th and 14th Avenues. This section is at the front of Coghlan Primary School and provides a safe place for the minibuses to pull off the road to pick you up. From that pick-up point, the taxi will go through a traffic light at 14th Ave and then, further from the city centre, will go through 2 more traffic lights. After you have gone through these lights then;
> If you are on the right hand side of the taxi look out for a mobile phone tower on the right of the road and when you see it let the driver (or fare collector) know that you need to get off at the next road.
> If you are on the left of the taxi watch the street names and when you see Whitestone Way let the driver (or fare collector) know that you need to get off at the next road.
Inverleith Drive is on the right hand side of the road. Walk up Inverleith Drive until you see a driveway on your left marked by two stone pillars (one on each side) with the number 11 painted on both of them. The driveway is about 100m long. Go all the way to the end and come knock on our door to check into Paradise..
Burkes' Paradise is in a residential suburb about 6km from Bulawayo city centre. It is a very quiet and peaceful area to relax in after your travels or sight-seeing. Public transport links into the city centre are nearby ? the nearest stop is just 400m away.
Conditions & Policy
Please note: Cancellation policy: 72h advance notice Late cancellation or noshow – one night charge Payment upon arrival by cash only Check in from 10.00 Check out before 15.00 Breakfast not included Taxes included Burkes' Paradise is a family run business and the family live at Paradise so we're almost always available to check you in or help you out. We obviously prefer people not to arrive late at night.