Matopos National Park
Rugged cultural experience
A mere 35km drive from Zimbabwe’s second major city, beautiful Bulawayo, the Matobo National Park offers so much for the curious explorer.
Characterised by a mind-blowing landscape consisting of kilometres of daunting and spectacular granite rock formations, the are instils a sense of tranquillity in all of its visitors.
The natural peacefulness of the Matobo Hills, paired with the calming sense of wonder when viewing the fascinating San rock paintings left behind by our ancient ancestors, makes one search one’s soul and finds peace within themselves immediately. Love at first sight and a place where one forgets the dramas and stresses of modern-day life. Peace at last!!
The area had this exact effect on Cecil Rhodes, the founder of colonial Rhodesia. It is reported that he was so captivated with the landscape and the serenity of the area that he requested that he be buried here. His wishes were respected and today, Cecil Rhodes’ burial site can be visited at Malindidzimu Hill.
He was actually so enamoured with the soothing landscape that he wrote in his will that he wished to be buried here. And he was. Today, Cecil Rhodes’ tomb can be visited at Malindidzimu Hill.
One of the last areas where you will find wild and free-roaming rhino anywhere in Africa. Here you can track white rhino on foot with a professional guide. Getting up close to one of these endangered and prehistoric looking animals is one of the most amazing experiences you can have on any safari.
Historical Cave Paintings
The Matobo Hills National park have some of the most magnificent bushman artwork to be found in the world. The area has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site based on the collection of caves and artwork found and still being discovered. Visitors are able to view these paintings and visit some of the more accessible caves that are nestled amongst the granite hills.
Depending on where you stay there is a variety of bicycle based rides around the Matopos area. You can either mountain bike the rugged terrain and granite kopjes or cycle down a well plotted and carefully planned route through the villages and rural homes in the Matopos.
World-famous for its staggering variety and great density of birdlife (some say it has the greatest variety and density of birdlife in the whole world), it is the perfect destination for keen birdwatchers. indeed, birding lovers from all over the world flock to the Matobo National Park in their droves, the black eagle being the most sought-after sighting.
Cultural and Village Tours
Take some time out of your luxury safari itinerary to visit an African homestead and get down to earth with the local Matabele people. Enjoy their gracious hospitality and get a small insight into the local way of life and learn about their culture. It really does humble the fortunate and allows you to see where these wonderful people and interesting cultures come from.
Places to Stay in Matopos National Park
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Amalinda consists of nine individually thatched rooms including a trio of suites, ideal for honeymooners, all of which are set into the imposing boulders.
Each luxurious unit is steeped in historical African artefacts of a bygone era. Tucked away into an ancient bushman’s shelter, Camp Amalinda’s charm will leave an indelible impression on every visitor. Its spirituality is almost tangible.
Each are steeped in African historical artefacts of a bygone era. Tucked away into an ancient bushman’s shelter,
Camp Amalinda’s charm will leave an indelible impression on every visitor, it’s spirituality is almost tangible.
Some of the most breathtaking granite scenery in the world is found in the Matobo Hills.
Big Cave Camp
Big Cave Camp rests on top of an enormous granite whaleback, commanding inspirational views across the famous Matobo National Park.
The unique architecture incorporates colossal boulders into an extremely well-appointed thatched lodge positioned amidst ancient Khoisan rock art.
Retire at the end of the day to the natural rock-pool and sundeck, the Leopard’s Lair lounge and bar, a cave-style boma for pre-dinner drinks or the popular lodge library to read further into the history of this richly cultural area of Zimbabwe.
With only 7 thatched A-frame cottages, Big Cave Camp is a perfect hideaway in the granite boulders to explore and enjoy the Matobo Hills and its many activities that it offers its visitors.
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