This short booklet discusses some aspects of the natural and social history of the Hillside Dams Conservancy, one of the City’s most popular recreational escapes. The area of the “Dams”, Bulawayo’s first water reservoirs originally built in 1895, provides a unique combination of undisturbed rocky kopjes and select cultivated gardens, including an amazing Aloe Garden. We touch on the Conservancy’s rock art, stone tools, and ancient village sites. In the 19th century, it was here that King Lobengula had his royal village of aMatshe-aMhlope, “Whitestones”. With period and contemporary photographs, we discuss the construction, operation, and failures of the dams to resolve Bulawayo’s perennial water woes. This short booklet is a must for anyone who has lived in or visited Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s “City of Kings”.
17 pages. Co-authored with R. Feldman.
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