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Matobo National Park

Matobo National Park occupies 44,000-hectare space making it one of the nation’s small reserves. The park is internationally famous and situated near Bulawayo at mesmerizing Matobo Hills. It is popularly renowned for its richness in ancient rock painting and amazeballs of granite rocks left by the Bushmen 2000 years ago. Moreover, this is another UNESCO World Heritage site.

The flora here include; aloes, mountain acacia, paperbark acacia, wild pear, wild herbs, and 100 plus grass species. It is a hiker’s paradise, thanks to the rugged and sublime landscape.

Furthermore, the NP is a meticulous protection zone for the large concentration of white and black rhinoceros. It has become a famous destination for tourists visiting for adventurous rhino tracking. Unfortunately, you won’t see elephants or lions at Matobo National Park. There are over 39 snakes, 175 birds, 16 fishes, and 88 mammals’ species.

The popular animals to spot at the park include; sable antelopes, hyenas, monkey, duiker, waterbuck, leopards, zebra, buffalo, giraffe, and impala. It also hosts a large number of Verreaux’s (Black) Eagles on the globe.

There are multiple camps and lodges at Matobo National Park. You will also find the grave of Cecil John Rhodes, a colonist who is buried at the ‘hill of benevolent spirits. Learn about the history of this place by taking a tour-guided safari.

Animals at Matobo National Park

Matobo National Park has a variety of Zimbabwe Wildlife. Including over 150 species of birds, around 85 mammals, 15 species of birds, and also 35 snake species.

The animals that visitors can witness here are leopards, impalas, several antelope species, black and white rhinos, elephants, zebras, cape buffaloes, and many more.

Activities at Matobo National Park

Matobo National Park has a lot of camping safaris. They range from mobile camping to day camping safaris. Visitors will get to experience a great walking safari as well and see animals up close. A game drive is the best way to observe the predators that live in the park. Rhino tracking is also a famous activity for people visiting the park.

Highlights of Matobo National Park

Some of the top highlights in Matobo National Park are listed below:

  • Matobo National Park has many historical places. For example, the grave of Cecil John Rhoades.
  • A great place to track rhinos on guided nature walks.
  • Famous for its caves and many ancient Bushmen paintings.
  • Learn the culture of the Matabele people as many tribes still live inside the park.

Therefore, make sure to visit Matobo National Park while on a Zimbabwe Safari.

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