Matobo National Park is an area of unusual and outstanding beauty and heritage located in the southeast of Zimbabwe, about 30 minutes’ drive south of Bulawayo. It is the oldest national park in Zimbabwe having been established by Cecil John Rhodes in 1926 and originally named ‘Matopos National Park’. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Matobo Hills boasts history, culture, flora and fauna and is one of the most beautiful and interesting places in Zimbabwe. Millions of years’ worth of weathering on the granite rock has created unusual granite hills with huge balancing boulders and cave formations. The area has more than 2000 sites of San (Bushman) rock art dating back at least 13,000 years ago, as well as plenty of wildlife including both black and white rhino and the highest concentration of black eagle in the world. The area was a favourite of Cecil John Rhodes, and is where he chose his resting place to be. His tomb is carved out of rock and located at World’s View – which as you can imagine is worth a visit for the vista as well as the historical significance.
Matobo Hills is an area of great spiritual, cultural and historical significance and we recommend a visit of two to three days in an itinerary for this area.