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Matobo National Park

Zimbabwe

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MATOBO NATIONAL PARK SAFARI HOLIDAYS

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Matobo National Park is in the southern region of Zimbabwe. Situated approximately 35 kilometres from the city known as the city of kings, Bulawayo, it consists of some 424 square kilometres of Matobo Hills with a total area of over 3,000 square kilometres. It is the oldest park in Zimbabwe established in 1926. It was pronounced a UNESCO world heritage site in 2003.

Boasting dramatic scenery made up of island mountains, immense single boulders, and castle kopjes, Matobo is an amazing area to hike while enjoying breathtaking views. Visitors can experience local culture by viewing the local caves that contain ancient rock paintings. Other historical interests include the burial site of King Mzilikazi who named the park (Matobo means ‘bald heads’). King Mzilikazi was considered the greatest Southern African military leader after the Zulu king Shaka. It is also the burial place of Cecil Rhodes (of whom Rhodesia was named after), Leander Starr Jameson and other leading white settlers. Motobo Hills is steeped in history which one will find fascinating as they learn about the history of this great country.

OVER 3,000 SQUARE KILOMETERS OF STUNNING MATOBO HILLS

LOCAL CAVES ARE FULL OF ANCIENT PAINTINGS

RESTING PLACE OF KING MZILIKAZI

GREAT TOUR AND ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

Track Rhino in Matobo

Matobo offers visitors amazing rhino trekking experiences. This walking safari is the major draw-card for the region with large populations of white and black rhino. These rhinos were introduced into the Matobo National Park in two waves. The first was from Kwa-Zulu Natal in the 1960s and the second wave in the 1990s from the Zambezi Valley.

Tracking rhinos is a morning activity and is done in the presence of highly experienced and qualified guides. Your guide will teach you how to track a rhino including identifying spoors, tracks, and droppings while leading you to actual rhino sightings. It is very exciting following the clues while being surrounded by a wealth of diverse wildlife. Your guide will also help you to locate all sorts of other animals and is always happy to answer any questions, but the rhino viewing is really the special experience here.

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