A World Heritage Site, the Matobos National Park forms the core of the Matobo Hills, an area of granite kopjes and wooded valleys commencing some 35 kilometres south of Bulawayo. The Hills were formed over 2000 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 km², of which 424 km² is National Park. Part of the national park is set aside as a 100 km² game park, which has been stocked with game including black and white rhinoceros.
The granite domes and castle kopjes of the Matobo Hills echo the essence of tranquility and the majesty of untamed Africa, where mammal and bird species are prolific. Included here are the highest concentrations of Leopard and Black Eagle in the world, as well as a healthy population of the endangered Black and White Rhino. The granite domes and castle kopjes of the Matobo Hills are among the most spectacular rock sceneries in the world. Visit the grave of Cecil John Rhodes at sunrise, when you will understand why he chose this spot, the “View of the World”, as his resting place. Somehow this spot in the Matobo Hills tells you much about his character and life.
Marvel at the Bushman paintings in this area of Zimbabwe that is steeped in history.