When you mention a national park in Africa, so many people immediately think of wildlife. And it’s true, Matobo does have some wildlife. Leopard in particular, though rarely seen, love to hide out in the kopjes. However, for us, what makes Matobo more special is the history and the frankly jaw-dropping geology. Rocky outcrops and huge granite boulders dot the landscape, some balanced on top of each other in formations that seem difficult to believe. Hidden caves contain rock paintings and engravings that, in some cases, quite literally date back thousands of years. In more recent colonial times Cecil Rhodes was buried here- his grave site is also a sacred place for the Ndebele and is worth a visit for the views alone. And if you do have a hankering for big game, Matobo National Park is a haven for both black and white rhino- this is one of the few places in Zimbabwe where you might spot them.
Our pick of the places to stay in Matobo National Park:
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