Matobo National Park

The Matobo National Park forms the core of the Matobo or Matopos Hills, an area of granite kopjes and wooded valleys commencing some 35 kilometres south of Bulawayo.

The Hills were formed over 2,000 million years ago with molten rock erupting across the landscape — this has eroded to produce smooth ‘whaleback dwalas’ and broken kopjes, strewn with boulders and interspersed with thickets of vegetation.

The Hills cover an area of about 3,100 sq km, of which 424 sq km is national park, the remainder being largely communal land and a small proportion of commercial farmland. Part of the national park is set aside as a 100 sq km game park, which has been stocked with game including black and white rhinoceros.

Just another world heritage site among many others in Zimbabwe situated a short distance from Bulawayo, Matobo National Park is the country’s oldest national park. One  of it’s sublime features is the Matopo Hills a series of granite kopjes (rock formations) wooded valleys formed over 2 billion years ago.

Forty thousand years ago the caves and crevices carved out of these rocks became home to Zimbabwe’s earliest inhabitants, the “San”. Twenty thousand years later “San” artists began painting on the walls of caves and rock shelters, using special pigments and natural minerals that have survived the onslaught of climate and time.

In addition the recreational are includes World’s view , a scenic viewpoint and the burial of Cecil John Rhodes .The wildlife includes leopards both black rhinos and white rhinos. The park overlooks Maleme Dam  where there are excellent camping and picnic spots.


The Park is home to a wide range of game, including Africa’s largest concentration of leopard, which is a major attraction in the landscape. Adjoining the main national park is a small, intensively protected game park containing Zimbabwe’s highest concentration of black and white rhino. Although their populations have dwindled elsewhere in Zimbabwe, they are doing well in Matobo, and the area offers the best chance of seeing these endangered species in the country.


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