Mix up your game viewing with a stopover at Matopos Hills, roughly 20 miles south of Bulawayo. Although the final resting place of Cecil John Rhodes, this region is better known for its gigantic granite boulders standing proudly across an acacia-strewn valley.
A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Matopos is hauntingly beautiful and guaranteed to ignite your inner anthropologist. Formed over 2,000 million years ago from tumultuous molten and then erosion, these piles of ‘dwalas’ (whalebacks in local Ndebele) are of high historical and archaeological importance.
Matobos also doubles up as an outdoor art gallery with an abundant collection of ancient San bushman paintings. It’s fascinating stuff, but since there are 3 000 registered sites here, an expert guide will help lead the way, providing insight into those called Matobo Hills, their home thousands of years ago.
Game-wise, the Matobo sits at the core of Matopos and is dedicated to the protection of white and black rhinos and rhino tracking by way of 4×4 or on foot with an armed ranger also tops the agenda. It’s a tiny park, so expect to spy zebra, sable, wildebeest and warthog early in. African hawk eagles and martial eagles also nest amongst these hills.
A great place to bed down is Matobo Hills Lodge, settled in a private reserve adjacent to the park.
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