Matobo Hills National Park
Iconic granite boulders, Cecile Rhodes' grave and rhino tracking - Matobo is a must visit site.
Matobo Hills is another of Zimbabwe’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is compact in size, but it really packs a punch. The landscape is spectacular, huge granite boulders cover the landscape and balancing rocks look as though they could tumble at any given moment.
With no lion, elephant or buffalo present in the park you can safely explore on foot and perhaps enjoy some rhino tracking. Check out the well preserved ancient rock paintings, inspired by the wildlife of the area.
- Culture: This area is often referred to as the spiritual home of Zimbabwe and it holds deep meaning for the local Matabele people. It is the burial site of Mzilikazi, the Ndebele king. Cultural ceremonies are conducted here to this day.
- Rhinos: Matobo Hills National Park is home to healthy numbers of rhino. The white rhino is more common here than the black rhino, but both are found in the park.
- Wildlife: In addition to the rhinos there is ample general game in Matobo too.
- Hiking: Explore the hills and granite boulders on foot, it’s breath taking, and what’s more safe to do so with no lion, elephant or buffalo in the area.
- Leopard: This is the home of the largest concentration of leopards in Africa, though they are more likely to be afraid of you and may make themselves scarce.
- Birds: Black eagles and African hawk eagles feature prominently in the park. This is a known breeding area for black eagles.
- Conservation: Adjacent to the park is a smaller game park which is an ‘Intensely Protected Zone’. Here the game concentrations increase and you will find both black and white rhino going about their daily business quite unaware of the fact that they are being closely protected.
- Rhodes: The grave of the controversial Cecil John Rhodes is here, aptly named ‘World’s View’. It is located on top of a huge granite boulder where you can look out over sweeping vistas to the horizon in the distance.